There veronica is a plant extremely widespread which owes its success to the large number of existing varieties.
At the moment there are about 500 species of veronica plant and these include herbaceous specimens, ornamental and cultivable in any condition, whether pot, garden or terrace.
Among these must certainly be mentioned:
In this article we will see together everything you need to know to grow the veronica plant in a correct and profitable way.
The veronica plant is a perennial crop which belongs to the family of Scrophulariaceae and finds its origin in North America, Asia and Europe.
There are more than 500 varieties of veronica plant
Generally, this plant looks like a bush which can reach up to 60 centimeters in height and is formed by various erect stems covered with a spear-shaped leaf with dark green shades.
Its stems generally have gods racemes composed of many small blue or pink flowers.
The flower is composed as follows:
In common parlance, the flowers of this plant are known as Eyes of the Madonna and they have a durable life even once they are cut.
Flowering occurs in summer, in the months that go from June to September.
Cultivating veronica is relatively simple because it is not a plant that requires special care.
Once all the conditions for its proper growth have been met, in fact, it will be very easy to manage and it will give you great satisfaction in terms of decoration and management.
First, what you need to know is that veronica is a plant that, in terms of exposure, needs of sunny and semi-shady environments.
As regards, however, the soil quality, this must be loose, fertile and well draining; beyond the pH, in fact, it is essential that the land that hosts the plant is able to absorb water quickly to avoid the dangers of water stagnation.
Regarding irrigation, the administration of water to the plant must always be regular, but surely not excessive or abundant, especially in the period of vegetative growth.
Finally, his fertilization It must be performed every 20 days and the fertilizer to be used must be specific for flowering and slow-release plants.
NB: you want to know more about the foliar fertilization? Here is an article on the subject.
In this paragraph we will see together everything you need to know about some crucial aspects of the management of veronics.
The multiplication of veronica occurs by division of the tufts, a practice that takes place during the autumn.
This simple operation allows to obtain absolutely identical specimens to the original ones and must be performed during the period of vegetative rest or at the time of repotting.
Once the plant is out of the pot, what needs to be done is select the productive heads, isolate them in single pots rich in soil and, once the plant adheres to the ground, water it.
As for these 3 practices, this is also the case of very simple procedures which can also be done by less experienced green thumbs.
There sowing of veronica, in fact, it is carried out in spring through the use of containers that are placed in places with little sunlight. During this operation, the very small seeds must not be buried, but must be scattered on the ground when it is wet.
Once the seedlings have 6 or 7 leaves, these can be transplanted. Pay attention to the distance between one plant and another: this must be about 20 centimeters.
As regards the topping, on the other hand, veronica is a plant that does not need pruning, but that may need topping the withered branches to stimulate the birth of new flowers.
Veronica is a plant that it is rarely attacked by insects or suffering from particularly aggressive diseases.
Given its extreme resistance, the only threat to be watched for are aphids.
Veronica officinalis is used to create infusions
As for, however, its uses, among the various types of veronica there is also that officinalis, used to prepare specific infusions (known as veronica or Swiss tea infusion) with strong analgesic and digestive support properties.
Finally, remember that veronica is a plant actually dangerous and harmful to pets that populate our homes, like cats or dogs; their leaves and stems, when ingested, can cause gastric problems, while rubbing could cause dermatitis to our 4-legged companions.
In short, as you can see, the notions to know to cultivate the veronica plant in a correct and healthy way are few, but they must still be applied to perfection if you want to have strong and beautiful specimens.
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There Paulownia, or paulownia, is a plant commonly known for its beauty and majesty. It is part of the family of Scrophulariaceae and it is also called "princess tree", as its name derives from that of the Russian noblewoman Anna Pavlovna. It makes its appearance in Europe for the first time in 1800 brought by the Dutch East India Company. The plant is characterized by cuneiform leaves and extremely colored flowers that they take on shades of lilac or white.
More experienced farmers know this well: grow strawberries it is not a difficult undertaking. Just know the tricks of the trade and even beginner gardeners can grow their favorite variety in the garden or on the balcony.
Strawberry belongs to the genus of Fragaria and from a botanical point of view it is not a fruit but a false fruit such as apple, pear, watermelon, pomegranate, melon and fig. It is also an aggregate fruit, or etaerio, which unlike a simple fruit comes from the fusion of different separate ovaries in a single flower. The real fruits of strawberries are the achenes, the small seeds that cover the surface of what William Shakespeare called "fairy food".
The strawberry is the symbol of spring, the queen of seasonal fruit in April, a source of vitamin C and flavonoids, and the perfect ingredient for the preparation of simple and tasty smoothies.
Let's find out how grow strawberries to bring to the table the scent and flavor of a delight of nature.
There are numerous varieties of strawberries, over six hundred, and the best known are:
Furthermore, strawberries must be divided into two further groups:
There are also photo-indifferent strawberries, called day neutral, which grow at any time of the year as long as the temperature does not drop below 10 ° C. One of the best known varieties is Irma.
Dreams of grow strawberries in your garden or on the balcony of your house? Here is everything you need to know to take care of the plant and enjoy its sweet fruits.
The seeds for grow strawberries you can buy them from nurseries, in online stores, or you can take them directly from the fruit. Let's see what are the steps of the three most used techniques:
Let's see what the steps are required for grow strawberries and take care of the crop throughout the year:
Here are the main diseases and parasites to watch out for when deciding to grow strawberries:
The myrtle plant, scientifically called Myrtus Communis , exists in multiple varieties.
It is therefore typical of the Mediterranean area mainly loves warm places, but it does not necessarily mean that it cannot adapt well to other climatic situations: you just need to have the foresight to protect it a little more.
It belongs to the Mirtaceae family and it has deep green leaves that give off pleasant smells.
The flowers, simple and white, are solitary and very elegant, made up of five delicates petals that make them graceful.
You will be able to start seeing them towards the end of the hot period of summer.
There wild calla is a flower that belongs to the category of Araceae. The wild calla is a rhizomatous plant, that is, it is also composed of an underground stem called rhizome, which forms roots and stems. The calla includes a great variety of species, of which 4-5 naturally arise also in Italy.
It is also referred to as Arum Italicum, recalling the wide spread that this plant has in the Italian peninsula. Other common names are: Snake cake, Giaro, Gigaro clear, Grass snake. The term Arum comes from the Greek "aron”Which means heat and is linked to the fact that the plant has the particularity of emitting heat during flowering.
His natural environment are the woods and wetlands near rivers. Legend has it that this flower has magical powers: it wards off evil spirits, gives love and protects newborns. There wild calla it is a perennial plant, which arises spontaneously in particular in environments where the light is almost absent or, at least, in semi-shade. THE flowers of the wild calla they are white, tending to yellowish. They closely resemble those of the domestic calla. They pop up in spring and are beautiful and elegant. After about a month the first fruits appear which gradually ripen, turning red-orange.
The leaves they stand rigid and long, but never exceed 40 cm in height. The central column, called spadix, is the one destined to host the flower on the top, therefore surrounded by a series of leaves with an intense green tone with white and shiny veins on the surface. THE fruits they are essentially berries, which are produced in clusters collected in panicles, which immediately catch the eye given the lively color: initially they are ivory-white and then ripen they become yellow, orange and red.
Even though this plant, as its name implies, is wild, that doesn't mean it doesn't have any preferences when it comes to it the habitat. There wild calla in fact it prefers the woods, in particular if there are areas crossed by rivers. Light is not a relevant condition for this plant, consequently it grows serene and spontaneous even if it is absent or if a semi-shade. So let's choose an area as similar to this in our garden: then we make a hole about 10 cm deep and put the plant there.
Once the plant has been placed upright, cover the tuber well with soil, pressing so that it is well compacted. Water quickly. During the winter there is no need to cover the plant, in fact it can withstand even low temperatures without problems. But remember to water it well in spring summer, not often, but sufficiently to maintain the land humid. The ideal soil type for wild calla lily is humus-rich, well-drained, soft land. Fertilization is necessary.
The cultivation of this flower is simple, consequently if you wish to host it in your garden it is easily possible without major difficulties. Even if the wild calla usually arises spontaneously, it is therefore possible to grow it in the garden, choosing the appropriate area in which to plant it: an area in the shade, with fresh soil rich in organic substances. This flower is also resistant to low temperatures, making it possible to grow it even in our country and, moreover, without having to worry too much about covering it during the winter.
In spring and summer it does not even need constant watering, since the soil moisture is sufficient for it. In winter, irrigation can even be suspended, since it is able to provide for its water needs by itself, independently. The plant reproduces by i seeds, which are found in berries, during the autumn or even for division of tubers when it's summer. Thanks to the evergreen leaves, this plant is perfect for having a green garden all year round.
The flowers of the wild calla are many and small sessile, close to each other. The spadix that houses the central inflorescence is long and yellow, wrapped in a pale green convoluted spathe, reddened at the edges, twice as long as the inflorescence, to protect the flowers. The upper part of the spadix is basically a sort of large yellow club that tapers at the base. The female flowers are at the bottom (with a basal glomerulus), while the male flowers are at the top (with a sterile glomerulus).
Between the two there are usually a series of sterile flowers. Between these sexual sections there are bristle-like protrusions, which develop only after the flowers and which serve to retain insects and promote pollination. The plant is unisexual, that is, the male and female flowers are separate but on the same plant, and of the sepaloid type, that is, the flowers are a-petaloid, there is no clear separation between the calyx and the corolla.
The wild calla has often been used since ancient times also in medicine for its effective ability to eliminate intestinal parasites. It is still present today in various herbal products or products used for homeopathic medicine and is used for the same purpose. There wild calla it must be treated carefully however, it indeed is poisonous. If its berries are ingested, there is a risk of intoxication, while if it is touched (flowers and leaves) in some particularly sensitive subjects, it can give rise to annoying irritations and dermatitis.
There are hundreds of types of aromatic herbs in the world, and presenting them all would be impossible. Here are our 5 favorites:
If you decide to grow these aromatic plants in pots in your home, your every dish will be enlivened by these blends of aromas, giving a pleasure for all the senses. Inoltre, darai un tocco personale agli spazi esterni, rendendo il balcone e il giardino più caldi e accoglienti. Le piante aromatiche sono un dettaglio che non passa mai inosservato!
Il Gladiolus, nome botanico del gladiolo, è un genere di piante appartenente alla famiglia delle Iradaceae di cui fanno parte, tra gli altri, anche l’Iris e la Freesia.
Originario dell’Asia e dell’Eurasia, il gladiolo è una pianta bulbosa e rizomatosa che non nasce da un vero e proprio bulbo ma da un bulbo-tubero detto cormo.
L’altezza delle piante varia dai 20 cm a 1 metro in base alle specie e le foglie, di colore verde scuro, sono piatte, allungate e appuntite all’estremità.
Il robusto fusto, alto e carnoso, porta un’infiorescenza apicale a spiga con fiori grandi, a forma di trombetta e dai diversi colori: dall’arancione al rosso, dal bianco al rosa pallido, dal giallo al violetto. Spesso presentano macchie o striature al centro. La fioritura va da giugno a settembre e i fiori una volta recisi durano circa due settimane.
Il genere Gladiolus conta più di 250 specie e numerosi ibridi che si distinguono gli uni dagli altri per la provenienza e il colore dei fiori. Tra le cultivar più diffuse troviamo:
Alcune specie sono spontanee nell’area mediterranea europea, nell’Europa centro-orientale, in alcune isole tropicali africane e nell’Africa australe.
In Italia, soprattutto nell’Isola d’Elba, in Liguria e in Toscana, la più diffusa è la Gladiolus italcus, detto anche Gladiolo dei campi, con fiori di colore rosa-rosso simili alle ali di una farfalla. Si trova nei campi coltivati, negli oliveti, e sui pendii rocciosi fino a 700 metri.
Utilizzati come piante ornamentali per abbellire giardini e terrazzi, i gladioli sono tra i fiori da balcone più amati perché facili da coltivare in vaso.
Ecco tutto quello che dovete sapere per prendervi cura della vostra pianta:
Nel linguaggio dei fiori, il gladiolo è simbolo di forza e fierezza ma significa anche “mi trapassi il cuore” secondo il dizionario dei fiori scritto da Vanessa Diffenbaug.
Ecco altre tre curiosità sul fiore: