How Iris Fanciers Stage Bearded Irises

March 20, 2018 in Gardening by Christine

Groom TB Iris flowers standards falls foliage for showing

Everything You Need To Know About Showing Bearded Irises Iris experts, who grow Irises for showing, have their Iris planting complete by Christmas each year. This will give the Bearded Iris the longest growing time possible to produce quality flowering stems. To groom a bearded Iris for showing, a good sharp small pair of pointy scissors is needed. To stage an Iris for the show bench to high standard, these are the things you need to know. First the flower stem that you decide to pick from your garden should have good branching stems. (the side branches or flowers should not touch or be too close to the main stem) When putting the stalk into the vase make sure that the “V” the last big outward branch off the main stem is placed a fraction higher than the top of the vase, otherwise you will lose points. The flowering stems should be strong and sturdy. The flower stem can be strait or curved. The Iris flower stem on show should show as many of its very first flowers opened and not the last flowers in the socket. If you can get three first flowers opened at one time you could
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Modify Shrubs & Vines Into A Standard

February 23, 2018 in Gardening by Christine

How to train ornamental trees vines and shrubs into standards

Steps to Train Shrubs & Vines to Grow As a Standard To make a plant to grow as a standard or balls–on-stick, you need to know how to plant them and manage them. Standard is an ornamental way to grow plants so that they become the accent plants for patio, porch or deck. As the name indicates the balls–on-stick comes with a straight stem without any leaves and topped by a mass of leaves. Standards already grown are expensive. It is better to train the plant to become a standard. Only some plants are suitable to train as standards. This includes rose, weeping fig, rosemary, gardenia, fuchsia, chinese lanterns, buddleia, lilly pilly and durantas all these shrubs work well, but there’s many more plants out there to choose from. Select the Right Plant To train a shrub as standard, select plants which are only 1 to 2 years old. Select plants with strong, upright stem for the purpose. The plant should be healthy and should have at least 10-inch-long straight stem. Pot the plant into the container with drainage holes. Fill the pot with potting soil to its quarter and place the plant. Add more soil and press the soil
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Best Time To Plant Bearded Iris

January 29, 2018 in Gardening by Christine

The life cycle of a bearded iris plant

How A Bearded Iris Grows In The Ground Bearded Iris including vintage and modern varieties are well known to most gardeners of today. Irises will survive under a variation of environmental conditions. They can be grown in gardens with raised beds, in a pot or any container as long as you can provide them with excellent quick drainage, so the rhizomes do not rot. Choose a well draining sandy loam soil for potting up, in a deep container or plant these perennials with their companion plants in the garden. Their crucial likes, to get Bearded Iris to bloom are – They need to grow and experience cold chilling winters so that they do grow and flower. A full day of warm sunny sunlight every day and they will furnish your garden and will add brightness indoors with their spectacular flowers placed in a vase. Sometimes a plants life cycle can be complicated and is so hard to explain when the life cycle plays its roll of certain physical changes under the ground. The life cycle of a Bearded Iris plant goes through a series of stages from one generation to the next and this is what I am going to
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Fascinating Facts About Earthworms

November 29, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Get Back Earthworms In Gardens Survival Wet Dry Soils

Earthworms In Gardens Quick And Easy Answers Earthworms are helpful creatures which help to improve the aeration and soil fertility. They clean up the dead and decaying plant debris in soil and convert them into castings which are good fertiliser. The tunnels made by these simple creatures in the soil helps in aerating the soil and also help in preventing soil erosion. The earthworms are on earth for more than 1.2 billion years and there are more than 3000 species of them.  They vary in size from less than one inch to more than 10 inches in different parts of the world. They vary in colour from reddish to brown or grey.  They have a small cylindrical soft body with slimy skin, which helps them to breathe. The worms cannot breathe if their skin becomes dry. Life cycle Earthworms are hermaphrodite animals which have both testes and ovaries in a single worm. Male sex organs are located in certain body segments and female organs are in some other segments. Two worms align themselves side by side with their head in the opposite direction. The sperm from one earthworm will be transferred to the receptacle of the other worm. The mucus
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How Does Soil pH Affect Garden Plants

August 19, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Soil pH rating for healthy plants

Care About Soil pH – How pH In The Soil Affects Plant Growth It is important for gardeners to know what soil pH is and how it is affecting their garden plants and lawns. It is necessary to check the soil pH before growing plants in the garden as different plants will have different preferred pH for their proper growth. pH is the short form of “potenz Hydrogen”. This word means the potential to be hydrogen. The soil pH shows how acidic or alkaline the soil is. The pH scale starts from zero and goes to the maximum of 14. Zero represents the most acidic level and 14 shows the most alkaline level. The hydrogen ions in the solution decide the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. An acidic solution will have a higher level of hydrogen ions and alkaline solutions will have lesser hydrogen ions. Why pH Of Soil Matters? The soil pH matters to the plant because there are several plant growth factors which get influenced by the soil pH. Soil pH plays an important role in the absorption of nutrients by plants, bacterial growth in the soil, toxic contents in the soil and availability of nutrients. Soil
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Tips To Keep Cut Flowers Fresh

July 19, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Recipes to make fresh flowers last longer in a vase

Natural Ways To Help Cut Flowers Last Longer Cut flowers are needed for special occasions like weddings, Valentine’s Day, etc., and for daily flower arrangements. If you want the flowers to stay fresh in bouquets and in your vase, you need to prepare the stems in a proper way. There are many easy methods to make the cut flowers last. You need to cut the stem of the flowers the right way and provide proper attention to make the flowers last. Preparing the stem Tips to keep cut flowers fresh. To prepare the cut flowers to last in the vase, make stem cuttings longer than actually required to fit in the vase and make the final cut with a sharp knife at an angle of 45 degrees. Cutting the stem at a slanting angle will increase the surface area and helps in more water absorption. Care should be taken to avoid crushing of the stem while cutting. Always use a sharp knife or shears to cut the flower stem. It is best to always make the final cut in a bowl of warm water or under running water to prevent the air bubbles from trapping inside the stem. Trapped air
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Keep Fit By Gardening Work

June 7, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Gardening is good exercise

How To Keep Fit By Gardening? Gardening not only provides a person the chance to connect with nature or provides naturally grown vegetables and fruits but it also provides the necessary workout needed to make a person physically and mentally fit. Gardening not only includes watering the plants using a hosepipe but includes different activities like digging, raking, mowing, weeding, pruning plants, mulching, harvesting, etc. These activities help you to spend calories. Though there are some skeptics who may not consider gardening as a workout method, according to the centres for disease control gardening provides moderate cardiovascular exercise. You will be able to burn at least 150-300 calories by doing 30-45 minutes of gardening work. The common gardening tasks which help you to burn calories and stay fit includes: Bending You need to do bending when you are removing the weeds or transplanting the plants or digging the soil. The various muscles in the abdomen, back and legs get worked when you are bending while gardening activities. If a person is performing digging, removing stones and rocks or weeding for 30 minutes, the person will be burning 200-250 kcal of energy. Squatting You need several squats when you are preparing
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Does Music Affect Plant Growth

May 22, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

How music affects plant growth

Music And Plants – How Do Plants Respond To Music? The idea that plants respond to music will appear to be absurd to some skeptic people. But, scientific studies have proved that plants respond to music and music help plants to grow better. Plants are living things and they respond to various stimuli in the surroundings. Music acts as stimuli and can create a positive or negative response in plants. Many argue that plants do not have ears and hence the theory that plant growth is affected by music is skeptical. However, music or sound travel through air and water as waves and these waves can create vibrations which can be felt by the plants. Studies to Support Relation between Plant Growth and Music Indian plant physiologist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose studied the effect of various environmental stimuli on plants. He found that plants respond to external factors such as light, heat cold, noise, touch, etc. He hypothesised that plants are able to feel pain and affection. He also invented the tool to measure plant growth called Crescograph. Dorothy Retallack from Colorado did controlled greenhouse experiments using different genres of music and plant varieties and has found that plants grow
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Heat Stress Plant Protection Care

May 6, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Heat stress Excessive summer heat causing leaf burnt on leaf tips of agapanthus leaves

Heat Stress – How To Help Plants And Flowers Tackle It? Heat stress is a major cause of concern for live plants as it will affect the development of all living plants. As the global temperatures are rising every year, the heat definitely takes a toll on the plant and it has a negative impact on the plant. The increase in the heat stress means that there will be a decrease in the growth and production of the plants. As the sudden skyrocketing summer temperatures rise this will have an ill-effect on the plants, it is important to take adequate care of the outdoor plants in order to reduce its suffering to extreme heat. How Plants Get Affected By Heat Stress? Like how the heat takes the fluids out of the human body, similarly, there will be water loss in the plants due to heat stress. The first sign that the plant is suffering from heat loss is the wilting of the plant. There are a few plants that have the option of handling severe heat by conserving the water in its fleshy leaves. The most common example of water storing plant is the succulent. But, all plants do not
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How To Create A Sensory Garden

April 9, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Sensory Garden Ideas

Sensory Gardens: Benefits Autism And Special Needs Children  Gardening is a beautiful hobby for anyone to undertake. Planting can help you with everything from renewed creativity to improved self-confidence, but it can do even more for kids with special needs. Sensory gardens are used as a constructive tool for improving skills and thought processes in kids on the autism spectrum. Gardening has been found to generate a world of improvement beyond anticipation. What Sort of Garden Provides the Most Benefit? The truth is, Horticultural Therapy has been around for a very long time, but it has generated very little self-confidence. The therapy practice involves using plants, gardens, and the natural world to enhance cognitive, social, emotional, and physical attributes. It can be challenging to find a horticultural therapist. However, what can you do instead? Well, if your child is on the autism spectrum, they can still greatly benefit from gardening. The most productive and therapeutic method of gardening for children happens to be sensory gardening. How Can You Create a Sensory Garden? The goal of the sensory garden is to avoid plants that are poisonous or will give out an allergic reaction. Apply things to the sensory garden that will
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