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The most beautiful plants

Plants are a gift of nature for us human beings, precious both from an aesthetic / emotional point of view (beauty, after all, always arouses emotion…) and from the point of view of the necessity of life. It is clear that this vision is strongly anthropocentric, that is, it gives a little too much importance to man, essentially putting him at the center of the design of Nature. In reality this is not the case, because it has been shown that man is in this dominant position on planet Earth due to fortuitous circumstances, random events that have led him to have an amazing and unique evolutionary path. However, the fact remains that plants play a fundamental role in the life of man and all other living species on Earth, in fact they practice an energetic / chemical cycle that with the hours of light produces the substance we need most to live: oxygen. However, as we all know, plants are also appreciated for their beauty and innate ability to furnish, embellish and make many of our environments more welcoming and liveable; in fact, the practice of keeping plants at home has been used since the most ancient populations such as the Romans and the Greeks, peoples of great cultures and marked foresight.

The Rose


One of the most beautiful plants in the world is certainly the rose: this plant species is so famous and loved that it is really reductive to call it only as “beautiful”, in fact its charm does not derive only from aesthetics (which among other things is subjective, so someone may not like it) but it is a combination of legend, grace and romance that make everything so special. The rose is a shrubby plant that has three main characteristics: the flower, the thorns and the… delicacy. There is not much to say about the flower because a lot has already been said and written, having a conformation of the petals that is very much associated with the female universe precisely because of the grace and that aura of unattainability that it evokes. The thorns of the rose are an important part both because they are very painful as they sprinkle all the stem and branches, and both because they are a sort of antithesis to the beauty of the flower itself, as a metaphor for the good and bad things in life which are all very close. The delicacy of the rose is not that of the appearance, but rather the delicacy of the plant in the sense of poor resistance to bad weather, temperature changes, diseases and various parasites.

Pests of roses

The rose is a plant species very subject to the attack of adversities, be they fungi, insects, parasites and various viruses; perhaps this aspect is also a metaphor for life, in the sense that beautiful things are always those that run the greatest dangers and that vanish more quickly, or perhaps it is all the fault of the actions that man has been carrying out for centuries to try to improve the appearance of the roses and increase their already considerable market. The fact is that the squad often has a limited duration due to the attack of external agents; specifically in this article we talk about pests of roses. There are a couple of very famous ones, but if caught in time they can be easily removed; the important thing is to make sure that the plant lives in suitable temperature and humidity conditions, in fact, excessive humidity, intended above all as deposits or stagnation of water near the roots, is one of the most common causes of plant death. To avoid all this, without which you cannot even think of seriously cultivating a rose, you need to equip yourself with very draining soil, perhaps with shards or large stones on the bottom, and avoid over watering the plant.

Lice and flies

The parasites that most affect the rose are two and are called (in a common and popular way, because the scientific names are quite different) lice and flies; specifically we speak of “plant lice” referring to aphids, very small but very annoying insects that attack not only the rose but many plants. They form very numerous colonies which lead the plant to a slow death or in any case to produce neither flowers nor fruits (this is not the case with the rose) in a satisfactory way; in particular it is the larvae that feed on the sap of the plants in a very aggressive way. To eliminate this annoying guest, if everything is taken in time, just place ladybugs in the plant area and in a few days you will see the result: ladybirds are very greedy of aphids and can quickly exterminate entire colonies. The second annoying parasite are the so-called “rose flies”, a species of insect that does not actually resemble flies but which acts by destroying the rose from the inside as it establishes colonies inside the plant and eats it from the inside; the problem is that when you notice this disease, you just have to prune all the parts already attacked and hope that the plant will recover. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen often but if it’s really just a small part of the plant, there are possibilities. a kind of insect that does not actually resemble flies but that acts by destroying the rose from the inside as it establishes colonies inside the plant and eats it from the inside; the problem is that when you notice this disease, you just have to prune all the parts already attacked and hope that the plant will recover. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen often but if it’s really just a small part of the plant, there are possibilities. a kind of insect that does not actually resemble flies but that acts by destroying the rose from the inside as it establishes colonies inside the plant and eats it from the inside; the problem is that when you notice this disease, you just have to prune all the parts already attacked and hope that the plant will recover. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen often but if it’s really just a small part of the plant, there are possibilities.

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