Plants

Siliquastro

How much to irrigate the siliquaster

The Siliquastro is an ornamental plant that gives splendid blooms to gardens, parks and city avenues. Its flowering takes place from April to June and its flowers bloom before the leaves. The trunk is tortuous and dark, while the reddish branches bear green, heart-shaped leaves. The flowers, on the other hand, can be white, pink or lilac and are placed on the trunk and branches. The fruits resemble beans and hang from the branches until autumn; they contain about ten black seeds. The Siliquastro is planted in winter using earth that is not too clayey, in fact the tree does not tolerate humidity. Consequently, excessive watering must be avoided because rainwater is sufficient for the plant. But if the drought makes itself felt, it is good to water abundantly so as not to compromise the flowering. In the first years the water supply must be frequent as young trees of this species like fresh and humid soils. However, it is advisable not to create stagnant water which causes dangerous root rot.


Siliquastro adapts well to different types of soil and multiplies by seed by transplanting the young plant after 2 years of cultivation in pots, taking care not to cause trauma to the roots. The sowing then takes place in March in special containers, then the seedling is transferred to the nursery pot where it will remain for two years before being planted in autumn.However, if the area is hilly and frequented by freezing winds it will have difficulty in growing. in fact the Siliquastro loves the mild Mediterranean climate. The tree needs to be pruned only if the branches have suffered damage, in fact, if the frost is pungent, pruning is used to eliminate the dry or damaged parts of the cold. It blooms on the branches and on the trunk, but also on those old branches that should be eliminated. Then,

How to fertilize the Judas tree


Siliquastro prefers drained and calcareous soil, perhaps stony, but it adapts to any other soil, and is resistant to pollution if you decide to plant it in the city. The fertilization of normal garden earth is not mandatory, but to help the plant’s recovery and its flowering, both in spring and in autumn, it is good to administer a fertilizer with macroelements such as potassium that stimulates flowering, in addition to microelements every twenty days. Like all plants belonging to Leguminosae, nitrogen is superfluous, in fact their roots grow in symbiosis with bacteria called nitrogen-fixing agents, so in the soil this nutrient will be regenerated in a natural way. However, in November it will be very useful to add some manure in the area around the plant to improve the soil, development and water flow. While in spring it is good to add granular fertilizer that slowly dissolves in the soil.

Siliquastro: Exposure, diseases and parasites


The Siliquastro prefers to be placed in full sun, but protected from the wind. It fears the cold and the arid and hot climate. In adulthood it reaches 8 meters in height, although it is usually more contained. It is a hardy plant that is not prone to particular diseases, but the leaves are often prey to aphids. The latter are parasites that feed on its sap. To avoid the appearance of these insects, watering can be adjusted by wetting the soil only after it has become dry. To defeat the aphids completely, on the other hand, insecticides should not be used, which would also destroy the insects that serve the plant. Another disease can be canker or fungus of the trunks and branches that attacks young trees due to waterlogging or improper pruning.

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