Drying flowers Being able to dry flowers correctly can be very useful whether you want to use them to make a herbarium for scientific purposes, or if you want to prepare creative compositions to decorate your home. This is not a particularly difficult technique, but it is important not to skip the steps, even if they may take some time, to avoid the formation of mold or the proliferation of parasites that would render all the work done to dry the different varieties of flower in vain.
Category Apartment plants
Work of the month flat February In February, for some weeks already we can observe the lengthening of the days, which brings a general awakening of our apartment plants. If we did not proceed in the fall, this month, it is time to do some work, how to prune the specimens that need to be scaled down or that have unbalanced shapes; It is also advisable to proceed with a general cleaning of the foliage, removing the damaged parts, dry or with few leaves, so as to favor the development of many new shoots.
Spring works indoor plants Let's see together which are the houseplants that need attention with the approach of spring. Some green plants like the log of happiness, ficus benjamin and potos begin to develop their leaves after the stasis of winter.
Jobs of the month in the apartment January In the month of January it is not recommended to intervene on our plants massively, since the few hours of daylight bring the plants to a period of semi-dormancy. As works of the month for apartment plants it is advisable to fertilize the plants with a fertilizer for green plants, rich in nitrogen, to avoid the onset of nutritional stress, at least every 20-30 days.
Works of the month July apartment During the summer months, if you have the possibility, the houseplants should be placed outdoors; most prefer semi-shady locations, so they should be placed on a terrace facing north, or below tall trees: the exposure of our apartment is not always the optimal one, we can obviate this for example by stretching the shading sheets, easily available in well-equipped garden centers.
May works for indoor plants During this beautiful month, May, our plants are resuming their life cycle "at full speed" following a period of stalemate due to the lowering of temperatures and to the typical climatic conditions of winter; if we have not already done so in April, then it is good that we prepare our plants when spring comes.
Jobs of the month apartment October Autumn has arrived and is already bringing us fresh nights, even if the maximum temperatures are still high. In October, let's prepare ourselves for the best winter by organizing the green corner of the house, with works that will allow us to arrange our houseplants in the best way.
Work September month After the hot days of August for our plants the coolness and September rains are a real refreshment and an invitation to resume vegetative development; indeed we can already notice new small leaves appear, as if it were a second spring. To encourage the development of our plants, it is advisable to resume normal fertilizations, suspended or spaced during the summer hot period; we can also take advantage of the mild climate to repot plants that have been in their containers for too long and thus give them new strength to grow, or we can take stem, leaf or root cuttings, which we will take root in a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts, to keep in a cool place, better if shaded and with high environmental humidity.
Works of the month June apartment If we have the possibility, in June, our houseplants are already all on the terrace, including the succulents and the bonsai: a greater brightness and a better air exchange are often a panacea, also for suffering plants. Under these conditions it is likely that our beloved plants need more watering, accompanied periodically, about every 15-20 days, by the right fertilizer.
With the name lucky bamboo, or bamboo of fortune, are indicated the branches of dracaena sanderiana, an evergreen shrub native to tropical Africa. It has thin erect stems, of a bright green color, reminiscent of bamboo stems; at the apex of the branches, large tufts of fairly rigid and leathery leaves develop, with a green color, sometimes variegated.
The Cochlioda is a genus that brings together about ten epiphytic orchids, originating in South America; they are plants of medium or small size, widely used in hybridizations with Oncidium and Miltonia; they have fleshy pseudobulbs, which carry a single leaf, long, dark green, slightly fleshy; in spring or autumn they produce a thin stem, 40-50 cm long, erect or pendulous, which carries numerous flowers, even 25-30, generally of a red or orange color, but also pink, yellow and intense pink of great aesthetic impact.
Deer horn ferns Beautiful ferns, with an elegant bearing, and deer horn ferns are called in Latin platycerium, and come from the forests of Madagascar and Australia; in nature they behave as epiphytes, meaning that their roots do not sink into the ground, but into the few decomposed debris that can be found at the bifurcation of the branches of high trees.
Dieffenbachia Dieffenbachia is one of the most well-known and widespread houseplants. Many appreciate the beauty of its leaves (which can be found in a large number of shades) as well as the adaptability to the conditions that can be found in our homes. Plant widespread in the apartment, the dieffembachia exists in about thirty species, all native to South America; they have fleshy, erect or prostrate stems, on which large oval, pointed, more or less leathery leaves develop depending on the species.
The Primula of the Cape The streptocarpus are perennial herbaceous plants prevalently spread in southern Africa and in Madagascar, vaguely reminiscent of the first, and are very widespread in nature in the undergrowth, hence the common name; the Latin name streptocarpus, which means from the twisted fruit, derives from the fact that it produces small semi-woody berries wrapped in a spiral.
Work in the month of November In most of the peninsula, autumn has already arrived, with foggy days in the lowlands and even the first snows in the mountains; some more fortunate regions can enjoy, at least in the central hours of the day, short periods of heat. The climate, however, is that of autumn, the nocturnal tensions have dropped and the days have definitely shortened.
The Pothos The pothos is one of the most popular houseplants: its cultivation is in fact really affordable for everyone. It adapts easily to the environmental conditions of our homes, has a vigorous growth and, thanks to its thick and variously colored leaves, it can cheer up every corner of our house.
Question: a dracena that loses its leaves Hi I am writing in relation to a little problem I believe in my DRACENA MARGINATA ... Dracena marginata; It is located inside the house, exactly in the corridor, it is not a completely shaded area, even a little light arrives, even if it is not direct. I bought it about 1 month and a half ago ... The state looks good on the top but the leaves are low besides having collapsed they are very weak and come off very easily even if they have not turned yellow ...
Question: Dracena who loses the leaves Hi I am writing in relation to a little problem I believe in my DRACENA MARGINATA ... Dracena marginata; It is located inside the house, exactly in the corridor, it is not a completely shaded area, even a little light arrives, even if it is not direct. I bought it about 1 month and a half ago ... The state looks good on the top but the leaves are low besides having collapsed they are very weak and come off very easily even if they have not turned yellow ...
Colocasia Dear Mr. Expert, I have just been given a plant that, I think, is a Colocasia (please take a picture somewhere to make sure that it is really her?). I keep it in the bathroom where there is always light but never direct sun and every 4/5 days I put water in the saucer. "She" has just given me a beautiful new leaf (which is already higher than the others) and a straight "thing" that I think will become a flower.
The pothos One of the most typical houseplants, the Latin name is Scindapsus, or epipremnum, or even Pothos; they are commonly called potos, although the scientific name pothos now identifies another species of plants. They are herbaceous climbing or prostrate plants, originating from the Pacific islands.
Question: Benjiamin leaves are lost for two years I have a benjiamin, loses leaves in short it is emptied. I flared it, it is positioned in front of a window that gives it light but that does not beat the sun. What can I do there is a fertilizer that helps it a little to thicken ... I admit it wrapped up I was wrong with the dosage of water but now I think I understood it.