Imke Delara. flowers. May 01st , 2017.
They love slightly acidic soil conditions and require fertilizers to grow. During early spring time, you need to feed a balanced fertilizer to your plants weekly. You should stop feeding your plants about 6 weeks before the first frost. During winter, you need to protect the rose plants from winter damage. This can be done by cutting about 30 to 36 inches of the tall canes and tying the tips together. Clear off any dead leaves, stems, around the plant. You should till about 12 inches of soil around the center of the plant. Then cover the soil mounds with straw, leaves, etc. Mulch about 15 to 18 inches of the soil mound. After winter passes, you can remove the mulch and soil from around the plant base. Leave only about 2 inches of mulch to make sure water is retained around the plant during summer, and prevent weed growth.
While buying bulbs for flowers to plant in spring, purchase only those bulbs that are healthy and fresh, free of any blemishes or discolorations. Strictly avoid buying any bulbs that are wrinkly or damaged. Make sure that you plant the bulbs in a place where they are sure to receive a lot of sunlight and also make sure that there is good drainage of the soil. There are many bulbs that can be planted in pots and kept indoors. Planting flowers in spring is a good way to ensure that you have a beautiful garden full of different flowers in their full glory in fall. Choose an assortment of flowers to plant in your flowerbeds and enjoy their fresh blooms.
Rafflesia ArnoldiiAnother species of smelly flowers, growing in the rainforests of Sumatra Islands, Indonesia, rafflesia is probably the world's biggest flower. It is said that the stench of this flower is so overpowering that nobody can go near it. The flower has large and heavy petals, which resemble meat, hence it is also known by its other name 'meat flower'.
As most of you roses lovers know, the battle with those naughty insects that plan to suck the energy out of your roses continues from spring before the first buds open, until later on in the summer, when the flowers are in full bloom. Insecticide is the solution for summer pests such as thrips and spider mites but the Japanese beetles must be handpicked. Don't dream - as I did - that if you use pesticide once, it will do for the rest of the summer! Unfortunately, you'll have to repeat the spraying as often as you'll need to. I've also tried the homemade pesticide with water and soap but well... in my case it didn't really work that well, so I had to use some more aggressive chemical. You need to check your plant for disease and treat it the right way if the case.
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