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Work among the plants

A phrase of very ancient origins goes like this: “work ennobles man”, and actually we feel totally in agreement with this statement as short as it is significant, as although tired and with little free time, we feel proud and satisfied with having spent a day at work, having been productive and having managed to do what allows us to live and do many other things (always through the vile but necessary god of Money). As evidence of this, there are the numerous cases of depression that affect people who lose their jobs and enter redundancy programs: they are paid a high percentage of their salary but without ever having to work. It should be a good condition for everyone, but in reality it is something that debases the human soul and therefore confirms that we must always work and remain active. Even in their free time, many people dedicate themselves to hobbies, which are occasional chores to which we dedicate ourselves with passion: it is always work and therefore tired but rewarding, only that you do it when you have time and without too much effort. One of the hardest but also the most satisfying hobbies is gardening, or the work of taking care of your plants.

What and how to do


Obviously the work to be done in the garden are many and strongly depend on the number and type of plants we have in cultivation; in fact there are, for example, some plants that require a meticulous and constant work of pruning, otherwise they would not survive, while other plants must not be pruned because either they self-regulate from this point of view or because there is no need. In general, we can say that a job, which is in itself very light, that must be done for all plants is watering: it is necessary because practically all plants live thanks to the nutritional supply of water (except the plants called ” carnivore “which they get from the digestion of insects and very small animals). Not only that, fertilization is important for many plants, because the soil does not always have everything that plants want and in the right quantities. To all this we could add the pruning, already mentioned initially, which in many plants is reduced to eliminating leaves, flowers and dry branches but in many others it is fundamental, as in fruit plants. To these basic operations are added hundreds of variations, depending on the level at which we are.

Fertilization

An operation to be carried out for many plants and which allows them to develop in all their luxuriance is that of fertilization. It should be known that the nutrients a plant needs are not only those that reach it through the water from the irrigation (which are mostly mineral salts), but most of them come from the soil in which the roots of the plant are found. It happens that, when a plant is in a pot or in any case in a confined space, the soil cannot regenerate itself and therefore the quantity of nutrients decreases. Hence the usefulness of fertilization: it supplies the soil with what the plants need. Since each plant needs certain substances and that they vary from period to period (for example, in the flowering period it will be necessary to have a certain component while in the fruiting period another), you decide with what to fertilize based on the plant species cultivated. On sale there are products for every species and every need, even the most “generic” that sees a balanced supply of substances in order to satisfy all species and in every period.

Orchid fertilizer

The orchid is a very common flowering plant in our homes, due to its beauty and simplicity; those who love this species know that the most amazing compositions see the orchid placed on a certain inert substrate, which can be of the sandy type or the stone type. It is easy to imagine how these materials cannot give anything in terms of nutrients to our orchid, so fertilization is necessary. The elements that the orchid needs (but the speech is extensible to all species) are: nitrogen, potassium, sulfur, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium; furthermore microelements are also important (called “micro” because they are necessary in very low quantities) such as manganese, cobalt, iron and others. The administration of fertilizer for plants is preferable of the liquid type, or mixing with water for irrigation: in this case it is good to use a fertilizer balanced in macroelements, that is, with an equal balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. On the other hand, in the case of vegetative restart, that is in the period of “awakening” of the plant, it is good to increase the nitrogen content which will help the growth mechanisms. In flowering, on the other hand, botanists recommend decreasing nitrogen and increasing potassium and phosphorus (with a slight preference for the latter) as these components strongly participate in the generation of flowers.

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