Plants

Santolina

When to water

Santolina is an evergreen plant of the Compositae family, it lends itself to being grown in pots or directly in the home garden, characterizing with its arboreal development every point in which it is inserted, with its fragrant and graceful ornamental leaves. As far as watering is concerned, the santolina is a shrub that needs little attention, mainly concentrated in the summer, when superficial irrigation will be necessary two or three times a month. In the other months of the year, if the santolina is planted directly in the ground, it does not require watering, as thanks to its very developed roots it can independently satisfy its water needs, while if stored in a secluded place it will be irrigated about once a month. .

Care and cultivation


The santolina plant does not require particular attention, as it is an autonomous and often self-sufficient shrub. Also as regards the climate, santolina is confirmed to be extremely versatile and resistant, adapting also to dry or even arid climates, while on the contrary very intense cold can partially damage santolina. In the case of temperatures below 10 ° C, it is advisable to cover the ground with a layer of mulch, but the strong nature of santolina is confirmed by the ability to withstand even a copious snow cover, which can potentially damage some branches, which will grow back anyway. in the beautiful season more vigorous than before. Santolina prefers a soil that has a good drainage capacity, with a high percentage of sand and limestone,

Fertilization


For the santolina it is advisable to carry out an organic fertilization treatment immediately before placing the seedlings in the ground, distributing a quantity of about 2 kg of fertilizer per square meter of surface to be treated. Once the santolina has been correctly positioned in the growing medium, inserting no more than 3 plants per square meter, you can proceed with a systematic treatment with liquid fertilizer suitable for flowering plants, adding it directly to the water for watering, repeating this treatment every About 20 days. As an alternative to liquid fertilizer, a specific fertilizer with a granular formulation can be distributed at the base of santolina shrubs, choosing it from those with the characteristic of slow and progressive gradual release.

Santolina: Parasites and diseases


The santolina plant is quite resistant both from the point of view of possible attack by parasites, and from the possibility of contracting the most common diseases characteristic of the plant world. The only danger that the santolina shrub may occasionally run into is represented by the attack of aphids, which are commonly referred to as plant lice. These parasites can attack the santolina in the moment of flowering, affecting the plant in the foliage and in the flower, sucking the lifeblood and causing a progressive general depletion of the santolina. The main symptom of their presence is that of the withering of the leaves, and in case of sighting of annoying parasites it is necessary to intervene promptly with the use of a special pesticide for aphids.

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