Plants

Convallaria

How to water

Convallaria Majalis or lily of the valley must be watered regularly, but excesses must be avoided and always check that the soil is completely dry before starting irrigation. This plant loves a constant mild humidity and manages to overcome even drought. However, in case of rainy weather and during the winter rest, you can also avoid watering. The lilies of the valley that live in the ground do not need special interventions except to position them correctly, so not too much in full sun. Usually watering will not only bring relief to the plant, but will most of the time cause somewhat bad root rot for this variety. If the drought becomes excessive, it is still necessary to proceed with irrigation every two weeks, while in the period after flowering the lily of the valley should be left to vegetate without any forcing. Vaporizing instead of watering can be very welcome.

How to cultivate


Cultivation can take place in spring using the seeds or using the stolons located on the side of the plant. But overall the Convallaria and in this specific case the lily of the valley is not to be considered as a simple plant, especially as regards its best location. Fortunately, it is precisely self-dissemination and its radical expansion that solve the problems of space and the right positions. In any case, the lily of the valley is rustic and does not fear the cold even if it is certainly better to offer it a mulch of straw and leaves that with the decomposition will help to form the ideal soil. The rhizomes are planted in October or November to help them recover after transplanting and should be left alone as much as possible as they are extremely delicate. If the lily of the valley is in a vase, you have to wait for the dry leaves, then in autumn it is extracted and moved to the ground, paying attention to the roots. But if you prefer to keep the tender lily of the valley in a vase and at home, it is best to place it in a room that is not very hot and very bright. Water lightly to make the earth moist without ever causing stagnation of water.

How to fertilize


When the Convallaria is set it becomes autonomous, and after flowering it is still very pretty as it has leaves so green that they do not go unnoticed. The leaves themselves, towards the end of the summer, wither, and change their color to brown or red. Eventually, the plant will be left with only the stem and orange berries that contain the seeds. However, Convallaria wants soft, calcareous and humus soils, even if it grows equally well in stony areas. If the soil is made of clay, it is advisable to add sand and mature organic fertilizer. In addition, before the winter season, you can spread the soil improver that will provide the necessary nutrients, while in early spring you can administer granular fertilizer that dissolves slowly in the soil.

Convallaria: Exposure and diseases


Lily of the valley prefers the semi-shady, bright and fresh position. It does not fear the cold, but it cannot stand the summer, a period in which it is always good to place it in the shade for most of the day. In this way it can live well and multiply. In colder places, on the other hand, it is possible to place the Convallaria even in direct sunlight as both in spring and in summer there will always be humidity and rain. This plant is not often attacked by diseases and pests, but it could become the favorite prey of snails or slugs. To combat them it is possible to use products based on a specific snail killer. Lily of the valley generally smells good and if it is in a vase it can be kept until autumn and then planted in the garden. However, it is spontaneous and poisonous and can be found in Europe, Asia and America. The name Convallaria Majalis or lily of the valley also means lily of the valleys, in Latin.

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