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It’s the time of collection of marigold flowers!

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Just this week the meadows around are colored orange for flowering expanses of Calendula … and it’s the perfect time to stock up on flowers and seeds for teas of Sassetta Spa and other preparations to be to take advantage of the many properties of this medicinal plant.

It is an annual plant with characteristic golds yellow-orange color. The name comes from the Latin Calendae, the first day of the month: in fact reaches the maximum of flowering on the first day of each month of the floral period. The Romans called the Marigold “Solsequium” that follows the sun: the flowers open at sunrise, follow him and close again at sunset.

This behavior is reminiscent of what happens with sunflower and passionflower. They too are flowers “eliotrofi” because the sun conditions its behavior.

The Egyptians, who used it against fevers, while the Greeks used it in the treatment of wounds and burns, already knew the plant. Hippocrates and Dioscorides the administered to pregnant women in order to alleviate the pain of childbirth.

However, citations in the use and preparation of recipes based on calendula appear the n all periods of history, emphasizing its effects for the treatment of disorders digestive, such as cancer and as an antidote to the plague. In this regard, Henry VII consumed an infusion of calendula, sorrel, and pimpernel which infection quote. Read more

How to treat orchids, useful tips

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The orchid is a plant very charming and classy, for its colored inflorescence, which may vary between shades of white, blue, pink, yellow, purple. Until a few decades ago, its cultivation was reserved for the few, since it took greenhouses or environments with high temperature and humidity.

In recent years, however, they have spread less fragile species, also adaptable to colder temperatures and crops in the house and in the garden.

So here’s some tips for orchid care and for its cultivation outdoors or in pots. Read more

6 Easy to grow annual plants starting from seeds

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Start the cultivation starting from seeds is not always easy; especially as it regards the flowered species, many are decidedly difficult to grow using this method for the more experienced gardeners. But there are some ornamental varieties that anyone can decide to plant and grow from seed; we find out what plant it is and what are their main characteristics.

Any plant can be grown both starting from the seed from which seedlings have grown; very often prefers this second path because safer from the point of view of the final result. Grow a plant from seed means first wait a much longer time before you can enjoy the view of its flowers, in the case of flowering plants, and secondly to have a little luck more.

Already grown seedlings that are sold in garden centers have the advantage of having already got their roots and then their growth will certainly be easier; decide instead of starting from seeds is to risk a bit ‘more, but at the same time be able to enjoy the whole process from start to finish and draw the right satisfaction. Read more

10 wonderful plants that can also be grown in pots

Both for reasons of space that due to the weather conditions, sometimes it is necessary to opt for growing in pots; the advantages are numerous, and there are very interesting solutions from the aesthetic point of view, as well as practical. We discover, then, 10 species, including flowering plants and not, that can be grown in pots with excellent results and with which we can choose to decorate the garden, rather than the terrace or balcony.

Usually with the arrival of spring all gardeners select some new varieties to be included in your garden to make it more and more lush and captivating; in some cases, however, you do not have more free space directly in the ground, or the available areas do not possess the right exposure to allow optimal growth of plants. Read more

Care for Azalea

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The azalea is a plant-shrub that has much beauty because of its beautiful bell shaped flowers. Their care are usually simple and if you follow some basic recommendations can be converted into a large silver interior that can even decorate your home. Dan flowers in late winter or early spring beauty filling the area.

Azalea care in summer

Azaleas need plenty of water and frequent and abundant irrigation to run, especially when they are in the flowering stage. Parents should not get wet or flowers or plants, directly irrigating the land. To care properly azalea is best to keep the humidity of this plant. To do this, in the hottest months you can cover the ground to prevent water from evaporating. 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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