Time to devide some bulbs

By Felix on January 21st, 2009

Dividing bulb plants is an easy way to propagate your favourite flowers,  share them with your friends or just plant them elsewhere in your garden. In addition, many bulb flowers become overgrown, and reducing the growth through dividing bulbs is the easiest way to get things back to normal.  It is generally easy to tell when a planting of bulbs needs to be divided.  One sure sign is when a previously well blooming planting of bulbs has begun to provide only sparse blooms.  The simplest solution to overcrowding is to divide those bulbs.  Dividing the bulbs properly will allow the remaining bulbs to bloom vibrantly.

There are actually five different types of bulb flowers – true bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes and tuberous roots.  The techniques for dividing each type of bulb vary, so it is important to know which type you are working with.

bulbs-sxc1003641True bulbs
True bulbs almost look like common onions. The different layers are modified leafs.  To divide a true bulb, you should begin by separating the original bulb from the smaller bulb which usually is growing at its base.  When dividing lily bulbs, you should be careful to first remove the outer scales from the basal plate.  After the outer scales are removed, the ends of the bulb should be dipped in a rooting hormone, and the bulb should be planted immediately.

corm-sxc173779Corms
If true bulbs could be compared to onions, corms can be compared to round potatoes. They are internally structured with solid tissues, not in leaf like layers. They renew their growth each season through the production of a new corm, and sometimes also small cormels growing on top of the original corm.  To divide corms, the gardener should simply separate the healthy new corms, as well as any little cormels, from the original one.

stemtuber-wikiStem Tubers
Stem Tubers look like a mix of a little garlic onion with a berry. They are often located near the soil surface and serve as a short-living storage and regenerative organ. The tubers decay while the flowers are growing and will be produced again in fall. As tubers mature, they increase both their size and the number of growing points. You can divide stem tubers by cutting them into two or more sections. Just make sure that each section contains at least one growing point.

sweet-potato-sxc818103Root Tubers
Imagine a long but thick sweet potato. That is what a root tuber looks like. A root tuber will contain several growing points (eyes).  Some, like day lilies, form separate and distinct plants, which can simply be pulled apart.  This type of sectioning is generally done in fall or summer while the plant is still in its growth stage.  Other tuberous root plants, such as dahlias, are more difficult to separate.  In order to separate more difficult plants like dahlias, you will need to cut the clumps apart so that each root has a growth bud from which to start.  The best time to separate them is in early spring.

ginger-sxc1126718Rhizomes
Imagine a ginger root - that is a rhizome. Rhizomes are sending out roots shoots from its nodes. Some plants, some ires species for example,  have rhizomes that grow above the soil surface.  The new growth on rhizomes is produced from growth points located at their sides.  Rhizomes are divided by breaking the sections apart at the natural divisions between them, being sure that each of the new divisions has at least one growth point on it.

As you can see it is not difficult to divide the different kind of bulbs as long as you know what you are dealing with. Happy gardening!

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Prevent Common Plant and Flower diseases

By Felix on January 16th, 2009

Gardening is a wonderful, relaxing hobby for many people, and it continues to top surveys of favorite leisure activities. Most of the time a garden provides a soothing, relaxing environment, and healthy, attractive plants.  But as you know,  flowers and plants are prone to a number of diseases and pest infestations.

skullSimply paying attention to the condition of the plants in your garden may be the best way to keep disease outbreaks at a minimum.  Every garden is different,. You will develop a feel for what is normal, and when you should interfere. That will make it much easier to spot outbreaks of deseases before they spread throughout the garden.

In addition, simply keeping the plants in top condition is a great way to prevent disease.  Just as healthier people are better able to fight off infection, so too are healthier plants.  The better the overall condition of your plants, the better their immune system will be able to fight off disease.

It is important to be on the lookout for the first signs of problems so that they can be treated promptly.  Commen symptoms like blackor white spots, holes in the leaves and wounded stems can be signs of of a desease.  If you notice any of these conditions, it is important to diagnose and treat the affected plants as quickly as possible.  This is because an outbreak of disease, or a pest infestation, can quickly spread throughout the garden.

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Watering Flowers

By Felix on December 13th, 2008

Just like any other living thing, plants and flowers need enough water to survive, especially if the weather is hot. Watering flowers keeps them healthy and makes them bloom longer. But there is more to watering your plants properly than just spraying them with a hose. Here are some tips on the best way to water flowers:

Keep a close watch on the watering. Most people’s idea of watering flowers and plants is to turn on the sprinkler system and leave it with only the timer on. Aside from this being a waste of water, this is also not advisable for the plants since it can drown the roots of the plants and it can also kill the plant after some time.

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Things To Know When Starting A Flowering Garden

By Felix on November 20th, 2008

People who are planning to start a flowering garden should understand that there is to this particular hobby than knowing how to stick your spade into the ground. As with other kinds of activities, there are certain things to do and follow and there are some steps to avoid. Aside from that, beginners to this kind of activity should be familiar with some of the basic things that must be remembered not only in starting a flowering garden but in any type of gardening.

Know your tools and equipment – this is the first basic thing to be remembered as most of the activities involved in a flowering garden need tools. These include digging, burrowing, cutting, pruning, tilling, weeding and many others. These activities takes a lot of effort and time so garden tools and equipment are really a must.

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