Plants

Ginkgo

When and how much to water

The cultivation of Ginkgo biloba trees, especially the first years of age, requires special attention regarding irrigation. In fact, this plant species finds it difficult to integrate after planting and always needs to receive the correct water supply for a luxuriant growth. Young specimens should be watered frequently in summer and during particularly dry periods. It is very important not to create water stagnation which can damage the root system, leading to the onset of mold and rot. In autumn and winter it is not necessary to irrigate and the rains of the autumn and winter season are enough. Adult Ginkgo biloba trees are more autonomous and watering becomes abundant only when the climate becomes hot and poorly ventilated.

How to take care of it


Ginkgo biloba trees are highly prized for their elegant foliage, which turns yellow before falling. To grow healthy and vigorous specimens, it is advisable to take into account that these plants need different cultural attention. In fact, they require adequate space to achieve maximum development. They prefer acidic, clayey and humus-rich soils, but can also adapt to other contexts if optimal irrigation drainage is guaranteed. They do not fear cold winter temperatures and can withstand the harsh climatic conditions below 20 degrees below zero. Furthermore, they are not affected by the saltiness, they develop without great difficulty in the coastal areas and the specimens already adult resist short periods of drought.

When and how to fertilize


Ginkgo biloba plants can take a long time to take root. For this reason it is useful at the time of planting to place mature manure fertilizer at the bottom of the hole to mix with the substrate. In this way, the tree will have at its disposal all the necessary nutrients to grow well. Annually, it is possible to repeat the operation using a slow release granular fertilizer, to be administered with the arrival of the autumn season. It is important to choose a specific product for this type of plants, preferably one that contains a lower level of nitrogen, compared to macro elements such as phosphorus and potassium. Alternatively, you can opt for mature manure to spread around the collar in the spring and autumn months.

Ginkgo: Exposure, Diseases, and Remedies


Ginkgo biloba are trees that love light and prefer sunny locations. If they are grown in the northern regions they can be placed towards the south, the important thing is that the environmental context is well ventilated. In the southern areas these specimens can be affected by the excessive summer heat and in order not to subject the plants to a condition of suffering, it may be advisable to plant them in the east. In this way, several hours of light are ensured, protecting the Ginkgo biloba from excessive sun exposure. This type of plant is resistant to parasitic attacks, while it fears stagnation that can compromise development, leading to the onset of rot and mold. To avoid these eventualities, it is essential to ensure a well-drained substrate.

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