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Plants Buying Guide: How To Choose Healthy Plants?

Plants Buying Guide

In the purchase of plants, even the most common, we must be careful to some characteristics we can reveal whether the plant has been cultivated well or has weaknesses. Here are some tips to quickly identify which plants prefer.

It would be better to avoid buying of flowering plants, why would suffer already in transportation: when the plant is in full bloom is also weaker. Also we do not know when it started flowering, and you are likely to enjoy the flowers for a few days! It would be better to buy them when they present the buds, even if you do not have the color certainty. They will flourish in our home and will be the first satisfaction. Read more

Yellow flowers: Merry even in autumn


Looking at the gardens in autumn everything seems very sad. We need a burst of color to brighten up the darkest days . In this article we suggest you two examples of perennials intense yellow color , with its flowering during autumn, they will be perfect to liven up flower beds and borders .

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and helianthoides Heliopsis “Summer Night”

Autumn has now arrived, temperatures are dropping rapidly and our gardens are changing their appearance.

When all the garden disposes of the summer dress enough even just a few items to give them life : autumn colors are in fact perfect to bring out colorful berries and latest blooms. Winter is on hold, not long in coming, the last glow of life autumn make us appreciate even more the sunny days that gradually become more and more a thing for at least a few months.

Looking forward to the cold season you cannot help but accept with great joy the presence of two composite that are still in full bloom during the autumn period . This is the late Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and helianthoides Heliopsis “Summer Night”, two excellent examples from the yellow flowering. Read more

Prepare the spring blooms: Flower bulbs in boxes


A flowered balcony everyone likes, especially if the blooms are to coincide with the arrival of spring.

When planting bulbs

If you act in time many bulbs will color your terraces and window sills since mid-March. The cassettes to house with spring flowering bulbs should be prepared at this time: it starts in mid-October and it is possible to go on for the entire month of November.

The specimens to be planted are varied, the most common are the dwarf tulips, narcissus, trumpet, and a sample Chinodoxa or less typical as Scilla sibirica .

During the autumn the bulbs period through a phase of vegetative rest, even if they are not completely inactive, in fact during this period are able to develop the root system . Read more

Treat flowers and flower beds in the month of October


October is the best month for planting specimens of conifers. These are plants able to resist very well to cold, but for the facility is better deal when the soil has still a rather mild temperature , in this way better to take root, be it of specimens planted in flat ground, both of potted specimens housed in balconies and terraces. If you chose to plant conifers in pots get yourself a deep container , you do not need to be too wide instead, especially if you host a single plant.

  • With the lowering of the temperature it is necessary to carry out anti-mold treatments , possibly using products biological nature : if the weather is still mild, be very careful to unpleasant appearance of mildew .
  • If you want to embellish your terrace with a beautiful composition that can withstand low winter temperatures choose the Cordyline ; it is a plant with little need: find them a sunny and sheltered.
  • Some specimens of flowering plants, such as the Lotus berthelotii , are still in full swing: place them in the sun and still proceed with fertilization .

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Gardening work waiting for the summer


We are anchors in January but the summer season is not that far away .Not to see us completely unprepared it is advisable to begin with obviously calm, to organize the garden to make it hospitable and ready to welcome all the new plants . Some routine maintenance operations must be carried out systematically and without interruption. It is often boring work but still essential for the health of the garden . So remember raking leaves, prune the vines and to remove the accumulations of snow from the branches.

If in your garden you expect the presence of the garden health .It is time to start with the maintenance . Premunitevi of new plants and Plant them, instead of the old ones have to be tucked. In addition, to obtain good results, start fertilizing the soil with specific products.

Even the grass and hedges need special care and a little ‘maintenance to overcome the cold season and get the best spring. If your lawn has a suffering look is important to act in a systematic way, first leveling them properly, and secondly it is better to remove all traces of moss present, since this tends to stifle the substrate with often disastrous consequences. Finally do not forget that also during the winter it is appropriate to ensure a correct ventilation even in our lawn . Of course let’s not forget the hedges: These are raked, pruned and it is best to eliminate all pests as long as you are still on time. Read more

Gardening in January, follow the calendar ends meet


With the arrival of January is a good time to put away the tools for a while ‘time . But remember that before needing maintenance, also because in a few months will serve you again and you better find them quickly in good condition and ready to use.

In this period of apparent stagnation it is also the right time to design all new jobs that you want to pursue in the coming seasons , both in your garden that your garden.

Of course, even though you are in the middle of winter, nature never stops. If your garden has a tunnel or a greenhouse is still possible to plant and grow vegetables successfully . Read more

Viola tricolor or Pansy, a flower that is resistant to cold


The purple flower is a much loved for its elegance and delicacy, and particularly the its particular nuances that arise from white to end in the most intense purple.

The purple includes more than 400 species, including hybrids and crossbreeding occurred over time, but its origins come from Ethiopia, South America, New Zealand and Australia, of course changing characteristics depending on the location.

But today I want to talk about a species that can live and flourish throughout the winter.

This is the species Tricolor also called ” Pansy “; it is in fact a variant suitable for planting in colder months like January and then be appreciated throughout the winter. Read more

The importance of inert materials for the life of plants


We have spoken over and over again the importance of draining the soil , so as to avoid stagnation of water and allow to supply to the plant the right oxygen supply while also preventing compaction of the soil. The inert materials , ie those that do not cooperate to the nourishment of the plant, nevertheless play extremely important action, since they allow the life of the roots. So, when you decide to grow a plant and keep it healthy over time, become of paramount importance to know the variety of drainage materials to choose to understand together the functions of inert materials in order to really understand their importance.

Characteristics of porous inert material

One of the most important features of inert materials is their infertility making them impervious to insects, mold, fungus, which gives him a stable life avoiding functional declines. Obviously this is natural and therefore non-toxic materials , definitely another good thing both for the plant and for the man who decides to use them. Furthermore, the use of inert materials, as already mentioned above avoids the compacting of the soil, which often causes the suffocation of the roots. The use of draining materials in fact, ensures the correct flow of oxygen within the vessel, allowing a correct ventilation. The inert materials allow drainage of stable and balanced water, avoiding stagnation dreaded. Also, sometimes, when you use a transparent vase and maybe you decide to make of hydroculture, the inert materials can also become a valuable cosmetic aid that enhances the ornamentation of the plant. But now let’s see how to choose the most suitable with respect to the type of plant. Read more

Hyacinth: Ornamental plant for gardens and balconies


The hyacinth is a plant particularly appreciated for its ornamental appearance, thanks to its special flowers, romantic and delicate.

The hyacinth has distant origins, namely from Asia Minor; its scientific name is Hyacinthus and inspired by the mythology by the story of the killing of Hyacinth by Apollo.

It ‘a bulbous plant that can be grown in this period and then last for many months, until spring.

The hyacinth has long fleshy leaves and is very famous and loved for its flowers that are harvested in the cob.

Another very special aspect is the variety of species that can also vary in flower color that can go from white to blue to purplish pink.

This is also why the hyacinth is an ideal plant for ornamental play action in the garden or in the balcony. Read more

The Composite plants, from the garden to the table


The composite (also called Asteraceae ) are the most numerous family of plants flower , with over 20,000 species: about 10% of all species of known flower. In nature, this family includes species taxonomically very different and able to colonize the most diverse habitats. Within this large family are in fact very different species, some wild and other cultivated for their use as ornamental plants, oilseed, tuber and even medicines.

The composite plants now have a worldwide spread, even though recent phylogenetic studies have identified South America as the center of origin of this family. Read more

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