Calendula How To Plant
Introducing the comprehensive and user-friendly “Calendula How To Plant” guide, a must-have resource for all gardening enthusiasts! Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner, this book will provide you with all the necessary information and step-by-step instructions to successfully grow beautiful and vibrant calendula flowers in your garden.
The “Calendula How To Plant” guide is specifically designed to simplify the process of planting and nurturing calendula, a beloved and popular flowering plant known for its striking hues and medicinal properties. This guide is packed with invaluable knowledge, making it the ultimate companion for any gardener looking to add a touch of natural beauty to their outdoor space.
Key features of the “Calendula How To Plant” guide:
1. In-depth Planting Instructions: This guide covers everything you need to know about planting calendula, including ideal soil conditions, sunlight requirements, and planting techniques. You’ll effortlessly understand the different stages of growth and how to best care for your calendula plants, ensuring their optimal development.
2. Maintenance and Care Tips: Learn how to keep your calendula healthy
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Get garden-tested guidance for beautiful blooms with this comprehensive, practical, and gorgeously illustrated study of the art of growing flowers.
In Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening, author Matt Mattus offers expert tips on growing both annuals and biennials (including native and heirloom species) based on his decades of first-hand experience in his own garden and greenhouse, made popular on his blog Growing with Plants. Accompanied by lush photography, every variety or species presented includes detailed information and tips that go beyond the very basic information typically available on the seed packet or a nursery tag. You’ll discover:
Basic growing methods, including how to start seeds, soil, sowing, hardening off, transplanting, and growing on.
Advice for growing a wide range of different flowers, organized by blooming season, including annuals from seed, summer bulbs, vines such as wisteria, and even blooming shrubs like lilacs.
In-depth profiles for a selection of flowers that include more-detailed growing techniques along with their histories and varieties.
Pro tips, including how to grow challenging annual poppies and biennials from seed and forcing flowers for winter blooms.
Just a small selection of the flowers covered: heirloom and exhibition chrysanthemums, larkspurs and annual poppies, delphiniums, peonies, lilacs, and wisteria. Bulbs include spring and summer bulbs such as anemone, ranunculus, tulips, lilies, gladiolus, and cut flower dahlias, while winter indoor bulbs cover every aspect of forcing bulbs indoors like narcissus, amaryllis, South African bulbs—and even how to force Lily of the Valley.
Whether you’re interested in raising a small cut-flower garden, enhancing your flower border or containers, or just admiring the beauty of flowers, Mattus has it covered.
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PLANTING NEW LILACS
Lilacs are best grown in an area of the garden that can handle their casual form. Often they are included in a loose hedgerow of shrubs or set along the boundary of a yard. A well-grown lilac naturally looks untidy. Planting a young lilac couldn’t be easier. There are plenty of varieties available today, both old and new. As
with many plants, the more modern strains tend to be more vigorous and disease resistant. Resist buying value plants from mail-order sources that promise a bare-root lilac shrub for just a few dollars. These may take years to establish themselves, and even when they do, the results are often not satisfactory. Starting with a nursery-bought 1- to 5-gallon (3.8- to 19-L) container is best. Prepare a hole with soil that is slightly acidic to alkaline—lilacs love a slightly alkaline soil (7.0 pH). A little horticultural powdered lime will make soil more alkaline if your soil tends to be acidic.
Lilacs are loosely growing shrubs, and while long-lived, they do need some annual maintenance if you want the best possible blooms. There is a proper way to prune lilacs and plenty of wrong ways. The right way is to remove one-third of the old trunks once a shrub has matured and has woody, bark-covered trunks.
DISEASES AND PESTS
Lilacs are most prone to powdery mildew damage, which can be controlled with copper-based sprays. Often this affliction doesn’t harm flower buds, as it appears late in summer. Powdery mildew typically appears in midsummer as a white, powdery substance on the surface of the leaves. Proper pruning to thin shrubs and a breezy site will help.
S. VULGARIS and S. VULGARIS × HYACINTHIFLORA
S. PUBESCENS subsp. PATULA
Wisteria | Wisteria spp.
Wisteria is a woody flowering plant that can become an architectural focal point in your garden.
Trim back long whips and aggressive growth in midsummer.
Cut back aggressive or inappropriate growth in late autumn.
Remove seedpods at any time.
Peony | Paeonia spp.
Peonies have many flower types, from single-flowered blooms with a big boss of yellow stamens to semidoubles and doubles.
Peony color is affected by both soil and light, so take notes on each variety that you grow.
Regional differences are commonly based upon soil chemistry.
A variety like ‘Coral Charm’ can have a brilliant coral color when it first opens, but indoors it will fade to a buff color.
Cosmos | Cosmos bipinnatus, C. sulphureus
Cosmos are ridiculously easy to grow if sown directly or outdoors in early summer in individual cells.
Sow seed late using named varieties.
Cover seeds lightly and water well.
Thin the rows but do not transplant, as root disturbance stunts future growth.
Always direct sow, then this the rows but do not transplant, as root disturbance stunts future growth.
Successive sowings every few weeks until early August will ensure consistent blooms of high quality for cutting.
Marigold | Tagetes spp.
Marigolds are definitely a love-them-or-hate-them flower.
Sow marigold seeds outside in early summer or start early 4 weeks in advance of the soil reaching 65°F (18°C).
While they can transplant well, take care not to damage roots for the healthiest plants.
Look for tall heirloom varieties as well as interesting selections in specialty catalogs.
Setting aside the challenges of a couple of divisions and the pure species, hybrid Lilies are some of the easiest flowers for new gardeners to grow, no more difficult than tulips. Like most bulbs, they form their flower buds a year in advance or by the previous autumn, so when you receive a bulb, it most likely will produce some flowers during the first year.
Lily bulbs are best if ordered from specialty nurseries in the summer for late fall delivery. Fall planting is the best way to ensure that you will get first dibs on many of the very special varieties offered by the handful of lily nurseries. The bulbs are healthier and most will still have active roots, and there is less of a chance of internal buds being harmed by poor storage over winter.
Publisher : Cool Springs Press; Illustrated edition (March 10, 2020)
Language : English
Hardcover : 240 pages
ISBN-10 : 0760366276
ISBN-13 : 978-0760366271
Item Weight : 2.25 pounds
Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.85 x 10.25 inches