Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Who doesn't love blossoming flowers in their backyards! Imagine waking up and holding a hot cup of tea, gazing at the beauty of colorful flowers in the morning hours. Gardening is more than just a hobby for some; many green thumbs do not really feel complete without spending some time pottering around in their garden. However, not everybody has access to large spaces to cultivate this hobby. Even then, this should not be considered to be a hindrance for growing plants indoors! Amongst flowers, tulips are one of the most attractive varieties and growing tulips indoors in containers is relatively easy. There are certain factors you would need to consider for tulip planting. Here, we can take a look at tips related with growing tulips at home. Use this guide for indoor tulip plantation and be rewarded with happy blossoms!
Planting the Tulip Bulb
Tulip bulbs are relatively easy to grow and the best thing about these bulbs is that they require little water for growth. This is because in general, the bulbs of any plant have the capability to restore life anytime, once it adapts to the natural surroundings. While planting bulbs, you would need to ensure you place the potted bulb in a dark area. This does not mean planted bulbs cannot be left in the warmer areas. You can do so safely as long as the temperature does not exceed 50 degrees F. Once you have planted the bulbs, keep a regular check on the same. Always check the drainage hole of the pot for signs of any root development.
Plant the bulbs in late autumn. The space left between each bulb depends largely upon the effect you wish to create. Ensure the bulbs are not placed too close to each other. The depth of the plantation should be measured in terms of the height of the bulb. Plant at a depth, which is three times the height of the bulb. Tulip bulbs have an excellent storage system of nutrients so at the initial stage; you would not really be required to fuss around the same.
Always remember tulips require a well-drained soil for better growth. Always fertilize the soil in the early spring or fall season. You can also check with your local nursery for specific fertilizers related to growing tulip bulbs. To facilitate the process of draining the excess water, you can add some sand to the soil. It is always better to maintain an airy soil for growing tulips. Do bear in mind the soil needs to be able to retain some moisture.
Watering the Plants
You would always need to water your tulip plant with extra care and attention in the dry periods. This should be taken into consideration to prevent the soil bed from cracking up due to lack of water or moisture in the soil. Tulips particularly need watering in the early spring season. Tulip plants do thrive in full sunlight but you need to place them in shade during the initial stages of plantation.
General Tips for Tulip Care
- Avoid additional fertilizing while growing tulip bulbs. Add only specific amounts as required.
- In case the stems appear stunted, it would be a result of a particular disease. In that case, you may need to begin with the planting process all over again!
- When the water is drained from the pot, chances are the potting mix would also tend to be washed out with the water flow. An ideal way would be to place a piece of a window screen at the base of the pot. This should be done before the addition of the potting mix. It will help to retain the mix without obstructing the flow of the water.
- In case of extreme weather, tulips may require much for the soil. Make a mixture of glass clippings, leaves, pine boughs and use this after the first frost. You can remove this layer with the arrival of spring!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Tulips are one of the most beautiful flowers to plant and they can perk up any corner of your garden. They are available in a wide variety of vibrant colors which allows you to be more flexible with your garden layout and landscaping. Tulips are spring blooming flowers. This means that they need to be planted in the fall when the temperature is mild but the ground should not be freezing or be covered in frost. Tulips blooms for a very short period and the flowers wither within a few weeks. Their foliage starts to wither after the blooming period is over and they remain dormant. However it is possible to replant the tulip bulbs the next year if you are careful to preserve the bulbs and take good care of them. You can of course choose to buy new tulip bulbs for planting the next year. But why be wasteful when with some simple procedures you can preserve the existing tulip bulbs. Also taking care of the existing tulip bulbs after bloom will save you lot of time and efforts in replanting new ones.
Caring for Tulip Bulbs after Bloom
Once the tulip flowers have bloomed and the flowers begin to wilt, you need to remove the seed pod that is attached to stem of the tulip plant. You also need to get rid of any wilting and yellowing leaves from the plant. However make sure that the leaves and foliage are wilting or yellowing before snipping them off. This procedure of removing dead flower petals and leaves from the plant is known as deadheading. Deadheading plants deters the seeds pods from flowering again which in turn allows the bulb to get all the nutrients. It is important that the tulip bulb gets all the nutrients so that it can regenerate and flower the next season.
To deadhead a tulip flower bulb, first you need to wait until the petals of the tulip flower withers naturally. Please don't get tempted to pluck the flower. Let nature take its course. Once the petals have fallen off, you will see the seed pod of the flower on top of the stalk. Snip it off with a pair of gardening shears. Make sure to snip the seed pod about one inch away from the top of the stalk. Over cutting the stalk is not recommended. When the rest of the leaves and foliage begins to wither and dry up and the leaves turns yellow, it is time to snip off the leaves. Pull back all the dead and yellowing foliage away from the bulb and carefully prune the dead leaves. Take care not to damage the stem and avoid watering the tulip plant.
Once you are done deadheading the tulip plant, let the tulip bulb remain underground for a few months. During the subsequent summer you can dig up the tulip bulbs from the ground and replant them in the fall. After you dig up the bulbs from the ground, spread the bulbs on a newspaper and allow them to dry. Store the tulip bulbs in a well ventilated and cool place until you are ready to plant them in the fall. Alternatively, you can let the bulbs remain underground, where they will remain dormant during the long summer and then bloom the next season. If you do go for this method of preserving the tulip bulbs, then make sure that they are "perennial tulips".
Knowing the method for taking care of tulip bulbs after bloom, will help you to enjoy the beautiful blooms for another year. Preserving and taking care of the tulip bulbs is not difficult, once you know how to do it.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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When we think about tulips, Holland, known as the 'land of tulips', comes to mind immediately. And it is true enough, the Netherlands exports thousands of bulbs of tulips each year all over the world. However, according to some accounts the name has its origins in the Persian word for turban, which is 'toliban', while others say that it is actually a Turkish word, 'tulbend', which also means turban, that the name has been derived from. Why turban? Well, when the flower is inverted, it is said to look like a turban.
Belonging to the lily family, the tulip grows wild in its native territory, which is vast, ranging from China to Siberia through Asia Minor. As far as popularity goes, the beauteous tulip comes third, after the rose and chrysanthemum. Since it is shipped while it is a bud from Holland, tulips come across a long distance indeed, and hence require special care. Given below are a few tulip care tips.
- Even though the tulip is regarded as a perennial, it is, however, best to consider them to be annuals, since their blooming cycle and care lasts practically all year round.
- The best time to plant tulips is when your area has fall. In some areas it can be planted in the middle of September right up to early October, whereas in other areas, you can wait up to November, December, or even January, before planting them. It is really dependent on when the ground begins freezing.
- Tulips need to be planted in sandy soil, since this is the kind of soil that has the best drainage, which is an important factor. In case you grow them in planters, ensure that there is adequate drainage. If the drainage is not proper it will result in the bulbs rotting. If the soil in the area you live in is not sandy, then sand can be added to the soil. In addition, ensure adding some compost as well. The key is to have soil that is well drained, but also able to retain some amount of moisture.
- Since tulips come in various sizes, there is no particular depth that can be recommended for planting them. However, in order to get an approximate idea about the depth at which the bulbs should be planted, measure the size, then multiply that with three, and that is the depth you should plant the bulb in.
- Tulips thrive in a fair amount of sun. Experts recommend that they be planted in partially shaded areas. They require plenty of water. If there is enough rainfall in your area, then that is enough. However, in regions that are warm throughout the year, you need to ensure that your plants are watered at least once in a week.
- Tulips need to be fertilized twice in a year, and the best time to do so is in the early part of spring, before they begin blooming again. A tablespoon of any granular fertilizer should be added onto the soil, around each plant.
- Although they are generally hardy plants, and ward off most diseases that beset flowering plants, but they do fall prey to 'tulip fire', which results in the stems becoming deformed and stunted. If this should occur, you will need to remove all the plants completely and start over again.
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Did you Know?Peace lilies symbolize peace, prosperity, tranquility, solitude and purification. Feng Shui recommends placing of peace lilies at home or workplace, to balance all the energies.
Every part of the world takes pride in its natural gift of flora and vegetation. However, the nativity of peace lilies is still unknown and leads to a lot of speculation. This evergreen tropical plant is widely found in South America, Central America and Southeast Asia. A few decades back, German horticulturists introduced more than a dozen new varieties of Spathiphyllum in the American greenhouses. It is yet to be seen if these free flowering varieties shall take precedence over the original resilient peace lily version. Let us now understand these beautiful flowers in a bit more detail.
Botanical Class of Peace Lilies
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Division: Angiosperms
- Order: Alismatales
- Family: Araceae
- Sub-family: Monsteroideae
- Genus: Spathiphyllum
Spathiphyllum is a member of the Araceae family, which contains about 40 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants. These plants bare herbaceous, evergreen, and perennial.
The peace lily flower is a single white leaf called spathe, partially wrapped around a finger-like knobby spadix. The spadix may vary from white to off-white to yellow in color.
The spadix is usually 4 to 6 inches long. Its glossy leaves are about 12-65 cm long and 3-25 cm broad. They are produced on foot-long petioles from branched rhizome, which is a creeping stem growing horizontally at the soil surface. All the plants grow in a clumped fashion.
Resemblance to Peace Flags
- Peace lilies are said to resemble a white peace flag, which is a universal acknowledgment of a truce during battles. The spadix represents the pole while the white spathe that encloses it denotes the flag.
The flowers first appear when the plant is mature. It may bloom every couple of months if the plant is healthy. A limited number of flowers appear during each blooming season.
The blooming of flowers is not restricted to any one season and is often erratic. In Spathiphyllum, the hormone gibberellic acid (GA) causes the seasonal flowering. Cultivators control flowering precisely by using GA spray, and flowers appear about two months after its use.
Resemblance to Nautical Sails
- Peace lilies are sometimes known as 'White Sails'. This is because, their spathe resembles the sails of a ship.
Peace lilies are no-fuss plants, since they do not require a great deal of attention. With a little effort, these plants can grow beautifully and can adorn your home for several years.
They are commonly found on the forest floor of rain forests in tropical America. As a result, they have a natural ability to cope with the poor lighting. This makes them excellent indoor plants for your home and office. However, they do not flower if they are permanently kept in low levels of lighting.
It is recommended that you place these plants in areas bright enough to read a newspaper or with filtered sunlight. This helps to keep them healthy. Peace lilies must be kept in a warm environment of about 68 F to 85 F daytime temperature and must be kept away from cold drafts.
While regular soil will do, the plant will benefit from the use of good commercial soil comprising peat moss, bark, and sand. The plant should ideally be re-potted every 2 years, when the container begins to get crowded. This also helps to rejuvenate the soil of its lost nutrition.
A careful balance needs to be maintained, by allowing the soil to dry out between two watering sessions. The plant will look healthy and fresh as long as the soil is moist. Regularly check the soil for moistness during summer and dry season. Too much drying will result in wilting and yellowing of the leaves. At other times, a weekly watering should suffice. The plant should be watered with room temperature water only. Never leave this plant in standing water, which may lead to root rot.
Diluted liquid houseplant fertilizers may be applied every month during summer and spring. However, one must practice caution while doing this, as over-fertilization can cause tips and roots to burn.
For a plant to stay healthy and attractive, it is important to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth on a regular basis. This helps take off the dust and enhance its appearance, as well as remove any pests that may have gathered on the underside of the leaves.
A NASA study placed it among top ten plants that improve the quality of the air surrounding it. This is because, peace lilies cleanse indoor air by absorbing environmental contaminants such as benzene, formaldehyde and other pollutants. On the other hand, peace lily are mildly toxic in nature. However, this does not pose a problem, unless you have pets who like to feed on house plants.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
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Tulip, an upright showy flower belongs to the family Liliaceae, is one of the hundred bulbous species found under this genre. It is found growing in many regions of Europe, north Africa and Asia. Tulips come in almost every color possible, a garden full of tulips, like the famed Keukenhof Gardens, Holland, leaves most people spellbound. Row upon row of these beauties will leave you speechless. Well then, let's do something about it, let's get them planted and admire their beauty really up close.
Right Time to Plant Tulips
Tulips are propagated through seeds, offsets, and bulbs. Bulbs are the most common and easiest way to grow them. Tulip bulbs should be planted around September or early October, around autumn or fall, and before the first frost sets in. Your tulips will bloom in spring; April or May. Being perennial, they will bloom every year in spring. The best time to plant tulips would be in autumn, for a spring bloom, the month could vary depending upon which hemisphere you live in.
Once you have decided to plant your tulip, it is time to decide upon the color and the cultivar. Tulips do very well in pots too, but their real beauty is very pronounced when they are grown in flower beds, color coordinated, row upon row, or in an interesting even an offbeat shape. It is best check which USDA hardiness zone you live in, and then get on with the planting.
Tulips need lots of sunlight to bloom and for their colors to come true. They will survive the winter, but never bloom in it. Choose healthy bulbs, they should be large in size, with no fissures, or signs of rot or black fungal mold on the outer side of the bulb. The bulbs should feel firm, never soft or squishy. If you are planning to plant it in pots or containers, then soil and water can easily be controlled, however, if it is a spot in the garden, choose a location that receives ample sunlight and the soil does not log water. The soil should be well prepared before you start planting the bulbs or corns. Weed the soil well, loosen it, the roots that sprout from the bulbs should have a free spread in the soil. Dig and loosen the soil deep. Porous soil will aid in adequate air circulation to the bulbs. Mix the soil with compost, peat moss or fertilizers, and level the surface.
For planting tulip bulbs, dig a hole approximately four or six inches into the soil. Place the tulip bulb's flattened side (wide base) down and pointed end up. Space them five to six inches apart and in symmetry. Press the bulbs very gently in the soil, to ensure they are standing in an upright position. Back-fill the hole, and water lightly. Withhold watering until the leaves begin to sprout from the ground. Bulbs need moisture to promote growth, but excess water will set rot in the bulbs and cause them to have a stunted growth, or they will never sprout. Winter care for tulips will involve a light cover of mulch and very restrained watering. Mulch will keep the soil warm and little water will keep the bulbs moist.
After Planting Care
Once planted, tulips require very little care until spring arrives. Early spring, remove all mulch and let the soil soak up the sunlight. A very light digging around the tulips is recommended to de-weed, if any. Feed water-soluble fertilizers that are specifically designed for bulbs to promote growth. Healthy leaves are a sign of a healthy bloom. Once your tulips start to bloom, keep a watch out for aphids. Aphids have quite a bit of fondness for tulip blooms. They can not only damage the flowers, but the whole plant including the bulbs as well. Either remove the infected tulip plant or mist it with aphid specific germicide. Cut out faded blooms to promote growth. Once the flowering season is over, leave the bulbs in the ground or use appropriate tulip bulbs storage method to ensure a good growth next season.
Given good conditions, most blooms will last almost a month. Once you know the right way to plant tulips, go ahead and get yourself these splendid blooms.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Flowers are said to convey messages as each and every flower is attributed with some meaning. Flowers have been associated with humans throughout history and these blossoms are often found be an indispensable ingredient in various celebrations and rituals. Whether it be a wedding or a death, flowers are used as per the occasion. Even though there is no consensus as far as the meaning of specific flowers are concerned, most of them are associated with some traditional meaning. While the red rose is universally accepted as a symbol of love, those with a blackish crimson color are usually used for mourning. Another commonly used flower is lily, which comes in many different colors and types. One of the most popular and spectacular among the different types of lilies is the stargazer, which is a new entrant as compared to most of the other types. Stargazer lilies are widely used for making bouquets and flower arrangements. Even stargazer lily tattoos are equally popular.
Stargazer Lily Facts
So, one of the most popular lily types, stargazers are now available in many different colors. While lilies are believed to have originated thousands of years ago, stargazers are among the latest entrants. In fact, the stargazer lily is a hybrid that is the result of a cross breeding between the oriental lily and the Asiatic lily. This lily was developed in 1978 by a Californian lily grower called Leslie Woodruff. However, there is no record about the details of this breeding program and so, very less is known about the details of the stargazer parentage. Besides the exquisite fragrance, the flowers are also a visual treat with spectacular colors. The name stargazer is derived from its upright nature that is uncommon in lilies. In other words, these flowers are upright and so, are said to face the sky. Hence the name stargazers.
Meaning of Stargazer Lilies
Lilies are flowers that are associated with various myths and legends. As per Greek mythology, the lily is associated with goddess 'Hera' and is believed to form from the breast milk of this goddess. You might be surprised to know that even the people of the Minoan civilization (a Bronze Age civilization that flourished on the island of Crete from 27 BC to 15 BC) were familiar with lilies. This is evidenced by a painting (depicting a lily, which they considered sacred) that has been excavated from the region. Even Roman mythology has some legends with regard to the lily flower. It is believed that 'Venus', the goddess of beauty became so jealous of the pure white lily flower that she decided to form a long pistil inside the flower. For the followers of Christianity, lilies symbolize purity and chastity and they associate this flower with the Virgin Mary. However, lilies were also used for mourning the death of young children. In short, lilies have been used for both religious and spiritual purposes.
Being a lily, stargazers are also believed to symbolize purity and innocence. However, the stargazer lily meaning may slightly change with the color of the flower. While the symbolic meaning of stargazer lilies in white color is purity, innocence and simplicity, some people use it as a symbol of sympathy too. Pink stargazer flowers are said to be a sign of romance. These pink flowers are also used to denote wealth, prosperity and ambition. Pink stargazers are also found to be used for expressing gratitude or for apologizing. As the spiritual meaning of these lilies is purity and chastity, these flowers are commonly used for religious purposes. As there is no consensus about the meaning of flowers, there are many more meanings attributed to stargazer lilies. They include commitment, determination, success, passion and fulfillment of dreams.
The above said is a brief overview about the different stargazer lily meanings. Apart from the traditional meanings, there are various innovative meanings too. You may either use them as per their meaning or as per your preference. They will be a perfect gift for those who love flowers, especially stargazers.
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Lilies are flowers that symbolize true love and sympathy. There are many varieties of lilies which are used for occasions like weddings, funerals and birthdays, every occasion has a specific type of lily. They look beautiful and exotic no matter how you present them. They can be made into a bouquet or simply presented as one flower stick, but they will still look simple and graceful.
There are many colors that are hosted by lilies as well, like yellow, white, pink, orange, purple, red, etc. They look ravishing in all of them and can be gifted at any occasion, happy or sad. You can arrange them into bouquets as well as centerpieces on tables, however, they will light up the entire room, so take a look at some gorgeous flower arrangements in the following article.
Weddings are 'the' occasions for flowers in all their different kinds of arrangements, like centerpieces, bouquets, arch decorations, wall decorations and many other ways of displaying them. Lilies, especially are very often used at weddings as they look festive and elegant.
Calla Lily Flower Arrangements
Calla lilies are one type of these beautiful lily flowers. They look exotic and fresh to glow up any room with just two flowers arranged together. As weddings are all about the best bridal bouquet, given here are some lily flower arrangements for the same.
Bridal Bouquet 1
- 8 stalks white or pink calla lilies
- 7 stalks pink or white hydrangeas
- Floral stem wrap
- 2 yards white satin ribbon
- Scissors, wire cutter
Separate each stem of the hydrangea and stick a floral wire to each of its stem, and then wrap it with green tape. Now, take the calla lilies and cut their stems to the desired length to arrange them in the middle of the hydrangeas. Wrap this whole arrangement with some more green tape and then tie a beautiful satin bow around the stems of the bouquet. Make it look elegant and simple with more calla lilies if needed.
Bridal Bouquet 2
- 5 stalks white calla lilies
- 5 stalks yellow calla lilies
- Green floral tape
- Floral wire
- Yellow satin ribbon
- Scissors and wire cutter
This bouquet is an arm bouquet and needs to be made in the flowing manner. Cut the stalks of the white and yellow callas in different lengths some long and some short. Arrange them in a flowing way like your holding it from your arm and it flows in the lower direction. Tie them together with the wire to keep them in place and then wrap their bottoms with the green tape tightly. Cut a piece of the yellow satin ribbon and roll it round the bouquet to tie a bow in the front. This bouquet would go with any bridal grown as it very simple yet looks rich and classy.
Some calla lilies like pink, burgundy, violet and orange can look very attractive when cut up to the necks and arranged in a centerpiece jar with wire and green tape. You can always add more fillers to give the floral calla lilies centerpieces a bloomed look. No matter what color these callas are, they look impressive as morning as well as night flowers.
White Lily Flower Arrangements
White lilies are also very stunning to look at. White tiger lilies are very famous for their entire bloomed look as they are eye-catching from any corner of the room. Here are some flower arrangements which are very easy to make and look good with any background colors.
- 10 stalks white tiger lilies
- 1 glass vase
- Scissors and wire cutter
First of all if you want these flowers to be places in one state, you will have to set a wire arrangement in the vase. So, place these wires in all directions inside the vase to make a network and hold them on the mouth of the vase. Then add some water to it and a pinch of sugar. Place the stalks of lilies one by one in the respective slots of the wire mesh and erect it to look bloomed. Add fillers if needed, otherwise the leaves of these lilies are also quite filling and presentable.
- 8 stalks white lilies
- 8 stalks iris blues or deep purple iris
- Purple crystal vase
You can mix any colored flowers with these white lilies to make them look bright and beautiful. In this bouquet we will use either blue or purple iris flowers. You can make the same arrangement with pink, yellow and read morning glories as well. Roses can also be a part of this bouquet if you desire. Like the first bouquet, arrange a wire mesh inside the vase (optional). Add the water and sugar to a certain limit and then place all the flowers one by one. Make sure the white lilies are either on the inside or the outside. And the irises are to be in the similar manner. You can also mix the two colors together but add green fillers in this case as to avoid the monotony of the colors. Outdoor flower arrangements also look lovely and can be considered as an option.
With those lovely ideas for flower arrangements, you can have your home or any other place look bright and lit up because of these ravishing flowers. They not only give a descent but also a royal and classy look to wherever they are presented. Thus, go ahead and give your guests a flowery treat the next time they visit.