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Buttercup

The buttercup

The buttercup is a bulbous plant of Asian origin widely cultivated and widespread also in Europe: from its ancient origins until today, this particular flower is appreciated above all for the bright colors and its delicate shape, but also for the simplicity of cultivation and the demand. of a modest space to grow and develop: the buttercupit can be grown in the garden, but also in pots to brighten up terraces and balconies. The buttercup is a bulbous species that reaches a maximum of 40 cm in height and gives life to flowers of about 5 cm in diameter, with bright colors that can range from pink to yellow, from white to red. The bulb is also small: around 10 cm in diameter, it can also be buried in small pots to have a small spot of color on the terrace or balcony. But be careful with the choice of buttercup if you want a flower that perfumes the environment: the buttercup in fact it is practically odorless, while compensating for this absence with a very intense and characteristic color, which will probably be among the first to brighten up your green space: the buttercup blooms in fact very early, at the beginning of spring or already at the end of winter.

Cultivation


Although it is not native to Europe but to Asia, the buttercup is now a very widespread cultivation and is well suited to the local climate, so much so that it is not uncommon to see it also as a spontaneous vegetation. Able to adapt to different types of soil, the buttercup requires in particular sunny positions to be cultivated and to bloom soon, as soon as the first rays of the sun begin to warm the soil. Direct exposure to sunlight is therefore not a problem for the buttercup, although it is advisable to make sure that it is protected during the hottest hours of the day, especially in summer. The ideal soil, on the other hand, is rich in organic matter and very humid, even if the plant knows how to adapt very well: however, it is advisable to provide abundant and regular watering especially during the flowering period and when the temperatures become higher. This, of course, without exaggerating, but always making sure that the soil is not drying out. During the flowering period, it is possible to add a good fertilizer to the watering water every two weeks to enrich the soil and provide the buttercup with greater nourishment, in particular by providing in this way the supply of nitrogen, very important for the growth of the plant and its flowering.

Reproduction and planting


Among the characteristics that make the buttercup a widely cultivated plant there is also the ease of reproduction, which can occur by multiplication or by seed. The second method, in reality, is rarely used, because it requires a lot of time and a lot of care before you can enjoy the blooming buttercup flowers: for the first flowering it can take up to two or three years. Much simpler, on the other hand, is the division of the bulb, which must be buried at about 5 cm deep in the ground and with a similar distance between one bulb and the other, to then leave enough space for the roots to grow. Planting can be carried out in autumn, between September and October, to have ample flowering available the following year, with the end of winter, and then continued until June. In areas with very cold climates, however, or if you do not have the possibility to protect the bulb from colder temperatures, it is advisable to avoid the risk of frosts, which can compromise the growth of the plant, burying the bulbs at the end of winter to then enjoy flowering starting in May. To further brighten your vase or your garden, it is possible to place in the ground, sufficiently distant not to create discomfort with each other, buttercup bulbs that will give life to flowers of different colors, for a cheerful and colorful spot. winter and then enjoy flowering from May. To further brighten your vase or your garden, it is possible to place in the ground, sufficiently distant not to create discomfort with each other, buttercup bulbs that will give life to flowers of different colors, for a cheerful and colorful spot. winter and then enjoy flowering from May. To further brighten your vase or your garden, it is possible to place in the ground, sufficiently distant not to create discomfort with each other, buttercup bulbs that will give life to flowers of different colors, for a cheerful and colorful spot.

Buttercup: Diseases and parasites


Despite the high resistance to the most diverse climatic conditions, the buttercup also has its Achilles heel, which is not so much in the possible attack of parasitic diseases, to which it is quite resistant, but rather in the conditions of the soil. Since the buttercup requires a very organic and perpetually moist soil, the main risk is in fact to make the mistake of overdoing the irrigation, especially in the vegetative period of the plant, leading to root rot. It is therefore advisable to provide, rather, with frequent but not too abundant watering, to keep the soil humidity level under control and to keep it always sufficiently humid but protected from the risks associated with excessive water stagnation. For the same reasons,

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