Saturday , October 21 2017

Actinidia Kolomikta

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Actinidia kolomikta, on its common name Variegated kiwi vine, is a species of deciduous, woody, very long-lived, vigorous twining climber, which ultimately grows up to 8-10 meters, with 15 cm heart-shaped leaves which, in mature specimens, have pink and cream variegated tips, which give the appearance of having been dipped in paint, or in some cases a half or more of the leaf may be white and pink, especially where the plant is in a sunny position. An alkaline soil increases the variegation of the leaves.

It bears clusters of 3 fragrant, white flowers in early summer. Some cultivars are self-fertile, but usually male and female plants are needed to produce sweet, grape-sized fruits, in late summer. Female plants produce smooth, ovoid-oblong, yellow-green fruits, while male plants develop the colorful foliage. Best fruit production is achieved in a place with full sun, even the plant tolerates shade.

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Pineapple

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Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a herbaceous perennial, edible tropical plant, the only bromeliad fruit in widespread cultivation, which grows to 1.0-1.5 meters tall with 30 or more trough-shaped and pointed leaves 30 to 100 cm long, surrounding a thick stem. The plant produce terminal fruits each composed of up to 200 seedless fruitlets. Multiple, helically-arranged flowers along the axis, each produce a fleshy fruit that becomes pressed against the fruits of adjacent flowers, forming what appears to be a single fleshy fruit. Pineapple is eaten fresh or canned and is available as a juice or in juice combinations.

Pineapple is a decorative plant to grow indoor, while it will grow big enough to produce fruits. Set the plant on a sunny porch or bury the pot in your garden during summer. Select a sunny site that is sheltered from strong winds. During cold months, keep your plant in the house. Bring it in early in the fall. Place it near a window or sliding-glass door for maximum sunlight. At night, move it away from the window to prevent freezing.

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Planting Roses

There are three types of roses available on the market that you can plant in your garden: bare-root roses, packed roses and container-grown roses. The best time to plant bare-root roses is in their dormant period from late autumn to early winter. Early spring is also a good time to plant in areas that suffer from bad winters. Bare-root roses are in a semi-dormant or dormant state and their roots are virtually clean of soil. You should plant those roses as soon as possible after you buy them.

Remove any diseased or damaged growth, trim any thick roots by about one third, dig the planting hole in a prepared bed and add half a bucketful of organic compost mixed with some general fertilizer into the bottom of the hole. Place the rose in the center of the hole and spread out the roots.

Lay a cane over the hole to check that the bud union is about 2,5 cm below soil level. Fill the hole with soil firming well with your hands. Lightly tread down the surrounding soil, rake over the soil and water well.

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Propagate Roses

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How to propagate roses from hardwood and semi-ripe cuttings

rose imageIn early autumn, select material for cuttings from the current season's growth. Cut any old flowerheads and put the shoots into a transparent plastic bag to stop them from drying out. Prepare the cutting by clearing off the leaves and shortening them until 23 cm. Break off the thorns to easing your handling. Moist the base of each cutting, dip it into hormone rooting powder and shake of the surplus.

Choose an open site for the cutting bed, better is one that is sheltered from midday sun and wind. Dig the area, firm and rake to obtain an even surface.
Make a series of planting holes, 15 cm deep and trickle a little coarse sand into the bottom of each hole to improve drainage.

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Twisted willow

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Salix babylonica "Tortuosa" (also known as Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"), on its common name Twisted willow, Chinese Corkscrew willow or Dragon's Claw willow, is a fast growing, deciduous, very attractive tree with a highly ornamental value of the Salix family. It’s a fully hardy tree that can tolerate hard frosts but in the first years it might need some protection during very cold winters.

It looks wonderful growing beside a pond or as a specimen in border because of its architectural shape. It is also a highly ornamental plant with a winter interest, because of the winter branch pattern, specially against a light background. Its branches grow upwards in irregular spirals, contorted and twisted in all direction. Young shoots are usually used in flower arrangements.

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Syringa

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Syringa, also called lilac, is a genus of 20 species of deciduous, low growing trees, usually found in woodland from S.E. Europe and E. Asia. They are grown for their pyramidal or conical panicles of small, tubular flowers that appear from mid spring and are usually very flagrant. Their color vary from white, pink, red to magenta, lilac or even blue and can be simple or double. You can cut and bring indoor the lilac flowers, put them in a vase and enjoy the spreading of their flagrance all aver the house.

They will fit well in any type of garden, grown as a shrub border or as specimen trees. The bushy trees of lilac grow rapidly and quite upright and are fully hardy. Sometime, the late frosts may damage new growth but it will recover.

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Magnolias

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Magnolias are one of the first trees who tell us that the winter is really gone with their fresh and vibrant flowers gracing the bare branches in spring. Magnolias are often described as the aristocrats of the plant world, with their showy, large, beautiful, solitary flowers, most of which have a delicate scent. Most Magnolias are valued for their showy, fragrant flowers, large glossy leaves and striking fruit.

Magnolias may be used as specimens, screens, patio trees, hedges, border accents and even container plants. Magnolias come in a wide variety of sizes, from small shrubs to large trees and can be semi-evergreen, evergreen or deciduous and have their flower colors range from pure white, white flushed and all kind of yellow to pink and purple. There is such a wide variety of form and size that they can be used in any king of garden.

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Arapaho Crape Myrtle

Arapaho Crape Myrtle

Arapaho Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica x faueri 'Arapaho')

'Arapaho' is the first hybrid Crape Myrtle cultivar derived from hybridization of three species of Lagerstroemia: L. indica, L. fauriei, and L. limii. The Arapaho Crape Myrtle was created especially to offer bright dark red flowers that last from spring to fall. It is also the most disease resistant Crape Myrtle available.

It is one of the best choices for your garden as it offers year-round interest with its glossy, dark green leaves, beautiful exfoliating bark and panicles of near true red flowers all over the summer. The blooms arise in giant clusters of dark red flowers all over this tree. Blooms begin in late spring and early summer and are persistent through the warm weather.

The fruits that develop after the flowering is finished are dark brown, and when mature, they dry and split to release disk-shaped seeds. The leaves have short petioles and have pointed, elliptic to oblong blades with rounded bases, usually 5 cm long. Crape Myrtles have an interesting bark that exfoliates in thin flakes in the autumn, exposing an attractive cinnamon or gray inner bark.

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Planting trees

The most important thing when you decide to plant trees in your garden is choosing the right place to plant them. Then you have to consider a good preparation of the site in advance, thing that will allow the soil to settle and will minimize the delay between buying and planting the tree.

Choose a well-drained site and a good position so that it does not cause an obstruction later. Remove turf and all other plant that grow on that site on a surface of three to four times the tree's root ball. This way you will eliminate competition for nutrients and water in the soil for the new planted tree. Then dig the soil and incorporate organic matter in the uppermost part.

Most trees require a depth of soil of 50 cm to 1 m in order to develop well, even some of them will be able to grow in less deep soils this may make them less stable and less drought-tolerant.

There are some other important things to consider before planting trees in your garden. The height of the tree when this will be mature and how large shade will it cast are important things to know. The position of the shade during the day and if this will be in your neighbor garden are also things to keep in mind. If you want to plant a tree near any boundary keep a distance from this of at least 2 m. Never plant a tree close to underground services or drainage pipes as there is always the danger that the ground will have to be excavated for access to the services.

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