Silver fir

Irrigation of the silver fir

The Silver Fir to grow well and to develop needs a generous water supply, as constant as possible, without causing dangerous jumps. Especially when the very young plant is planted we will have to intervene frequently, always ensuring the right amount of water, without overdoing it, causing damage to the sapling causing water stagnation. When the Silver Fir is an adult we will reduce the watering and we will take care to verify that the atmospheric precipitations are naturally sufficient. We will adjust by expecting the rains to be absent for a few days and, before the soil dries up completely, we will water the base of the tree. The Silver Fir tolerates only very short periods of drought and would suffer a

How to take care of the fir

The Silver Fir is mainly used for ornamental purposes, being a plant particularly suitable for landscaping the garden. It is ideal, for example, as a Christmas tree, also given the naturally whitish color that visually recalls the classic tree with snow. It does not grow much in height and reaches around 3 meters, much less than traditional Spruce. Being less bulky, it can also adapt to a small green area. The tree can be grown starting from the seed even if it is better to rely on a trusted nurseryman who will advise us on the best period for planting and for the necessary care to be periodically guaranteed. The tree will be delivered to us inside the vase, ready to be placed in the open field with the whole piece of earth.

Soil and fertilization

The ideal soil for growing a Silver Fir is loose and above all well drained. This feature is very important because, especially in the absence of precipitation, we will have to intervene generously and the excess water will have to drain completely. The same rule applies to periods characterized by very intense rainfall. Therefore it is necessary to work above all on the preparation of a light substrate. We will operate a hoeing and digging in depth, trying to avoid the formation of clods. After that we will add some organic fertilizer and organic compost. We will cover with a rake and gently recompose waiting for the earth to absorb the nutrients. In spring we will be able to transplant the Silver Fir in our garden, periodically fertilizing the base of the plant.

Silver fir: Climate and adversity

The Silver Fir can grow well both in full sun and in partial shade, as long as it receives sufficient irradiation, at least for a few hours throughout the day. As far as winters are concerned, there are no particular problems linked to the intense cold. The plant can tolerate even very harsh winters, with temperatures that go well below zero degrees. The cold can also be prolonged and, at the time of spring recovery, the tree will be in excellent health. The Silver Fir is to all intents and purposes a conifer and suffers the same pathologies as the other plants of this family. Rust, gray mold and aphids can be combated by using a specific pesticide and antifungal product readily available in specialized gardening shops.

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