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After Bloom Care For Orchids

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Orchids are at their most beautiful when they are in bloom, but unfortunately it doesn’t last forever and after bloom care for orchids. The main issues to be concerned with are, how do you care for the orchid once its bloomed, and how do you make sure it blooms again… Once the bloom has passed on cut the flower stalk about one inch from the base with a sharp knife or pair of scissors. Some people are concerned with disease at this point, if you like feel free to treat the cut section with some rubbing alcohol. Many think that cutting the stalk this low is a mistake but this will ensure that the next bloom is as close as possible to the first in size and beauty.

The next step is to evaluate the root system. To do this I will always remove the plant from its pot to make sure it is still moving along and is healthy. No good blooms will come from a plant with a troubled root system. The roots need to be healthy so make sure everything looks ok and the orchid is taking on water. Without this you will get minimal blooms. So remove the plant from the pot. Look real close. If you find black or brown mushy root, remove them – all of them. If the roots are white, off-white and green you are okay… as is the plant.

There’s no telling how long the plant has been in that mix so it would be a good time to repot. As for the green-gray external roots hanging out of the pot, tuck them inside the pot. If they are too long for the pot, trim them down to size. For future reference, external roots are not necessarily indicative of a plant that needs repotting, but rather simply the nature of the plant. Once you get to this stage, simply take care of your orchid as you normally would and wait until it blooms again and simply enjoy the beauty.

How To Grow Sunflowers

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Gardeners who have taken the opportunity to plant and grow sunflowers are familiar with their vibrant yellow color. It s easy to imagine a garden that is full of tall, brightly colored sunflowers. They’re easy to grow, simple to maintain and can add a dazzling splash of color to any landscape. However, though sunflowers are easy to grow and maintain, there are several potential pitfalls. Small critters can steal the seeds before they have a chance to sprout. High winds can decimate a sunflower garden if stakes aren t used for structural support. Wild birds can swoop down to pillage the seeds before they can be stolen by other animals. By taking a few preventative measures, you can help ensure that your sunflowers grow to be a vibrant, stunning component of your garden. Below, this article will explain how to grow sunflowers and provide a few useful tips for cultivating a gorgeous end of summer garden.

Sow The Seeds Indoors: Most enthusiasts plant their sunflower seeds outdoors. But, doing so exposes your seeds to small animals. If left unprotected, these critters will often steal the seeds for food. You can prevent your seeds from disappearing by planting them indoors. This has the added benefit of preventing the frost outside from damaging the seeds. Plant them in peat pots using average to rich soil. Then, place the pots by the window to allow them direct access to sunlight. You’ll notice when you plant your sunflower seeds indoors that they’ll grow quickly. You should transplant them from the peat pots into the soil outside by the time the seedlings reach 2 inches. If they grow much taller, they may not be able to stand properly when you transplant them.

Transplanting Your Seedlings : There are several factors to consider when transplanting your sunflowers to the soil outside. First, don’t be afraid to get rid of less than stellar seedlings. By throwing away the stragglers, you can boost the overall quality of your sunflower garden. Plus, you’ll prevent overcrowding. Also, it s important to place your seedlings in an area that receives constant sunlight. Your sunflowers can grow in low quality soil. But, sunlight is critical. To ensure a healthy looking crop of sunflowers, prepare the soil prior to transplanting your seedlings. Dig a small hole a few inches wide and a few inches deep for each sunflower. Use a high grade soil with a time released fertilizer. This soil mixture will be more expensive than lower quality soil, but it can have a dramatic impact on the quality of your crop.

Weeding And Watering : Sunflower seedlings are extremely susceptible to drying out. They need to be watered daily from the moment they re transplanted into your soil outside. Once they reach 1 foot in height, their stems should be sturdy. You can reduce how often you water them (every other day should be sufficient). Once your sunflowers grow to 2 feet, you can further reduce watering to every few days. Also, keep in mind that weeds can quickly overwhelm your sunflower seedlings. Make the effort to keep the weeds at bay. Once your sunflowers are taller, the weeds won’t be able to strangle them. You should still eliminate the weeds simply because your garden will look nicer, but your sunflowers won’t be vulnerable.

Tender Loving Care : A patch of tall, vibrant sunflowers can look exhilarating. Many can grow over 12 feet. The bright yellow of the heads combined with their majestic height can add a unique blend of personality and nobility to your garden. Growing them is easy. They simply need a little attention each day. Once your sunflowers are fully grown, they won’t require as much attention and you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. With some tender loving care in the beginning, you’ll have a garden that attracts the envy of your neighbors. Assuming that you chose the right variety of sunflowers, prepared the soil properly, and took pains to replenish the nutrients in the soil with a fertilizer solution, your crop should be large and impressive.