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Rose bushes add to the beauty of garden due to their beautiful blooms and charming fragrance. They give your garden an elegant look with their lively colors. To keep rose bushes in good condition and shape pruning becomes necessary as it makes the bushes strong and robust. The best time to prune rose bushes is winter because in this season, you can easily remove dead stems from the bare rose bushes. Trimming bushes in winter season will lead to healthy and strong summer blooms. It will also give a good shape to your plant.

Pruning or trimming rose bushes is not an easy task as it requires a lot of practice. If rose bushes are not trimmed properly then it will cause them to die. So here some important tips and instructions are given. Following these instructions would help you to trim your rose bushes in a proper manner.

Important Instructions

  • The most suitable time to trim rose bushes starts when most of the leaves fall from the bushes and roses are undergone hoarfrost.
  • Before trimming, the first thing you must do is to remove grass and leaves from the base of flowers. It is necessary because insects and diseases hide in moist environment so removing trash and waste becomes very important to ensure that diseases and insects are not causing harm to rose bushes.
  • Next step is to remove the damaged and diseased branches by cutting the whole stem. Then remove old branches.
  • Before proceeding further, make sure that those branches are removed that are crossed over main stem of the rose bushes.
  • Now start trimming the bush by cutting weak and thin branches. This is necessary to make the nutrients available for the central and major stem. This will also provide more light to the stem and healthy branches.
  • The green sprouts should also be removed that grow off the central stem. Other weeds and suckers should also be cut down that grow from the roots of rose bush.
  • While pruning the rose bush, use sharp shears to avoid rough and uneven cuts. If care is not taken then rose bush may become infected with some disease.
  • The method of trimming is very simple. Try to trim to a healthy bud by making the cut at 45 degree angle.
  • Also cut the leaves that point towards outside of the rose bush.
  • Now there should be some treatment of the open wound. The method is to paint the wound with a sealing mixture to prevent the rose bush from infections and diseases.

Above mentioned instructions are quite reliable to be used for trimming your rose bush in a better way.

 

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Moth Orchids are one of the most popular types of Orchid flowers. They look very beautiful and give an elegant look to your garden. They are commonly found in South East Asia and Northern parts of Australia. They can be grown in homes as they are a perfect option for an amateur grower. These flowers are very easy to grow as compared to the other types of Orchids but still they need proper care and handling.

Here some important and helpful information is given that would guide you to care for your Moth Orchids. The important factors to be considered are:

  1. Temperature
  2. Light
  3. Humidity
  4. Watering

Now these factors would be described one by one.

Temperature

Orchids grow very finely at the normal temperatures in houses. They require different temperatures in day and night. So the ideal temperature in the day time is 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and in night time these flowers require 60 to 70 degree Fahrenheit.

Light

Moth Orchids require indirect light. It is ideal and preferable to place them in front of east-facing window. The color of its foliage indicates that how much light is required by them.

  • Bright Green Foliage (means its getting correct amount of light)
  • Deep Green Leaves (light is not sufficient)
  • Yellow Leaves (absorbing too much light)

Humidity

Moth Orchids like humidity that’s why they are mostly found in rain forests. In warm weather, they require moisture after one or two days. The humidity is lower in homes, so it becomes necessary to moist them. To do this you can place a tray containing stones and water below your plant. Due to evaporation, the surrounding air will become moist and humidity requirements would be fulfilled.

Watering

It is better to water your Moth Orchids early in the morning once a week. They require more water in summer season as compared to that of winter. Some people get confused about watering their Orchids. The best time to water them is when the pot becomes dry.

Following the above instructions would help you a lot to take good care of your Moth Orchids.

Drying orchids is a challenging task as these flowers are considered difficult to be preserved. Dried orchids can be used for different purposes such as the dried orchids can be used in vases and baskets and sometimes in shadow boxes. Here are some instructions about drying orchid flowers for the people who are orchid lovers and want to preserve them for a long time.

Selection of Flowers

The first step is to select the flowers for drying purpose. Always select those flowers having bright colors because most of the orchid flowers loose their color after drying. The selection of the flowers depends on the way the flowers would be used for.

Cutting the Flowers

Flowers should be cut very carefully from the stems and near to the base of flowers.

Putting Silica Gel

The next step is to put silica gel in the bottom of a microwave-safe dish making a layer of almost two inches thick.

Placing the Flowers in Silica Gel

Now place the flowers stem down in a dish. It should be kept in mind that distance among the flowers should be far enough so that they can’t touch each other.

Covering the Orchids

In this step, orchids are covered with silica gel. You should perform this step carefully otherwise the blossoms would be crushed. Each orchid should be covered completely.

Putting the Dish in Microwave

Now the dish containing gel and flowers is put in the center of microwave after putting a cup of water in back of microwave.

Setting the Time

Time of microwave should be set very carefully as it depends on the type of microwave and nature of orchid flowers. The standard time recommended is 2 to 3 minutes.

Cooling the Silica Gel

Now take the dish out of microwave and wait until the gel becomes cool.

Removing Orchids

After cooling the gel, your dried orchids are ready to be removed from the gel. After removing don’t forget to brush them off.

I hope that the above instructions will proved to be very useful and help you a lot to preserve your favorite orchid flowers for a long time.

Lighting in a garden is very important as it gives your garden a completely different look in night. Besides decoration, garden lights are used to show different aspects of a garden in night. If you don’t know which type of light is better for your garden then read this post as I have mentioned some common types of lights which can be used in garden.

Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are actually decorative lights which are small and strung on a cord. Since these lights are decorative, they are mostly used on Christmas to decorate gardens. But these lights can also be used year-round for as they give a pleasant and romantic feel to garden. Fairy lights come in different varieties. They are either powered by electricity or solar energy. Some fairy lights are battery powered also. Fairy lights are easy to install in garden because these strands of lights have clips which can be attached to branches of trees. Fairy lights are available in different colors to highlight different aspects of a garden but white fairy lights are commonly used as they serve general purpose.

Spotlights

If you want to highlight one specific area of your garden then a spotlight is the best for this purpose. Using spotlight is not a garden lighting method because it cannot light the whole garden. It is just use to create a dramatic effect in a garden. A garden spotlight can be used to highlight a specific garden feature like a tree, garden pond, statue, waterfall or a garden fountain.

Peg Lights

Peg lights are either LED or powered by solar energy. They are most popular way of lighting a garden as they are easy to install and are less expensive. Moreover they do not require maintenance. But these lights have a dark side too. Solar powered lights need sunlight during day so that they can produce light in night. This drawback has been overcome with batteries. There are some solar lights which also have batteries which can be used if there is insufficient sunlight. Peg lights have different shapes so you can choose one according to your garden style and theme.

Garden Lanterns

Lanterns are also decorative garden lights and come in different shapes, styles and sizes. Most common type of lanterns which are used in gardens is hanging lanterns. You can hang these lanterns on garden posts or around garden furniture. Besides hanging, lanterns can also be placed on garden furniture and other garden features. Lanterns get power either from solar energy or electricity. Some types of lanterns are also powered by candles. Such lanterns give a unique ambience to your garden at night.

These are four major types of lights which you can use in your garden. Each one of them has its own unique characteristics and style so choose one of your favorite from them and use it to have a well-lit garden.

A greenhouse can proved to be a good and ideal place to grow many plants including orchids. Light, temperature and humidity are some of the conditions which can be maintained very easily in a greenhouse. Greenhouses are of different types and sizes so before purchasing a greenhouse, you should be sure that you understand the conditions which you are going to provide to your orchids.

Light

First element which needs special consideration is light. You will have to control light conditions in your greenhouse according to the type of orchid you have grown. For example, Cattleya orchids like sunlight while Phalaenopsis orchids require bright light but not direct sunlight. They like to be placed in west. In general, orchids should be placed in an area where they can get six hours of light but not direct sunlight.

Temperature

Since orchids are tropical plants, they need heat and humidity to thrive and both of these elements are present in a greenhouse. To make orchids bloom, you will have to make sure that temperature in greenhouse varies. Orchids will bloom only if there would be a difference of 10 degree F between day and night temperatures. For maintaining such temperatures, you need to have a thermometer in your greenhouse so that you can take readings and adjust temperature accordingly.

Humidity and Ventilation

Orchids like to stay in humid conditions but they do not like to sit in water at all. Water should not pool up in leaves or in soil as it may result in diseases like rot and fungi. Moreover orchids need good air circulation so place a fan near your plants. But fan should be kept clean to avoid spread of diseases from one plant to others.

Fertilization

Orchids need to be fertilized one time a month whether orchids are grown in gardens, greenhouses or in the house. Orchids should be fertilized by a fertilizer having equal amounts of Potassium, Nitrogen and Phosphorus.

These are some necessary requirements or conditions which need to be fulfilled to grow orchids in greenhouse. Growing orchids in greenhouse is beneficial as it allows you to grow plants throughout the year. So control above given conditions in greenhouse and have a healthy orchid greenhouse to provide you pleasure in your leisure time.

In order to add interest and attraction to a rock garden, ornamentation plays an important role. For decorating a rock garden, you will need items made of stones or other natural materials so that they can go well with the overall theme and look of rock garden. Here are some suggestions for decorating a rock garden:

  • As I have said, items made of stones look really beautiful in a rock garden so I will first suggest you to use garden statues to decorate your rock garden. How to choose the right statue? You can select a garden statue in a color that matches with color of other rocks. A statue in a contrasting color also works well. Moreover, while selecting statue, make sure that it goes well with theme and mood of your rock garden. For an Asian style garden, statues of Buddha are the best while for an English-style garden, you can choose from traditional robed figures. If you want to give your rock garden a fun-filled style, you can use statues of animals like that of frogs and rabbits.

  • Another great suggestion is to use reflective items to decorate your rock garden as they create interest and attraction when light reflects off them. If you have sharp rocks in your garden, you can use gazing ball to give a contrasting look. Moreover metal wind chimes can also be used as they will provide music in addition to reflection.

  • To attract birds to your garden, you can go for bird friendly decorative items. Bird bath is the best for this purpose. Select a bird bath according to style of your garden. You can either use a hanging bird bath or a pedestal-style bird bath to be placed on a flat rock. Along with bird baths, hang bird houses and decorative bird feeders with trees. Bird feeders contain seeds for birds so they should be placed at a location where they can not create mess and clutter in your garden.

  • Finally, I will suggest you to decorate your rock garden with some water feature. What else can be better than a fountain? Fountains come in different varieties. They are made of stones or metal. While selecting a fountain, ensure that it is not too tall to mar the look of other items in your garden. You can also add a waterfall to your rock garden as sound of falling water will attract birds and will create a restful ambience. Besides building a waterfall, also dig a trench to make a stream so that it can wind through rocks.

These were some great, easy and practical suggestions which you can follow to decorate your rock garden. Follow all or any of these and make your rock garden the most beautiful part of your house.

Are you looking for a list of flowers that can be grown in greenhouse? If yes then you don’t need to worry as I am going to provide you name of some flowers which can be easily grown in greenhouses. Just look at this list and choose any of these flowers to grow in greenhouse.

African Violet

 African violets have different types and come in a variety of colors including pink, lavender, red, blue and purple. African violets do not grow by seed propagation so they are reproduced through leaf cuttings. They can thrive in a soil low in nutrition but require a lot of humidity. In greenhouse, you can easily provide them with required amount of humidity as conditions in greenhouse are controlled. But you must keep in mind one thing. To provide these flowers with humidity, do not make leaves wet as it may cause leaf spotting.

Chinese Hibiscus

This is a tropical flowering plant which is very sensitive to cold conditions. These plants produce flowers in elegant colors like pink, red, yellow and white. Its leaves are green and glossy and have tangled edges.  Chinese hibiscus requires well-drained and rich soil as well as a lot of water to grow well.

Roses

Roses need a lot of protection and care in winter so gardeners living in cold regions can grow roses in greenhouse. Roses in greenhouse can either be grown in pots or ground but in both cases they require quick draining soil. Although roses require full and bright sunlight for at least 8 hours a day, they can be grown in greenhouse under artificial lights. For growing roses in greenhouse, you will require maintaining temperature between 70 and 80 F. Roses should be watered once a week and fertilized monthly with rose fertilizers or fish emulsion.

Lilies

Lilies require protection from cold and wet conditions so they can be grown in greenhouse by providing them with warmth to keep them blooming for longer period of time. Lilies can be grown in quick draining soil in either ground or pots. Make sure that soil also contain compost and is completely packed around lily bulbs to reduce air pockets. Lilies required to be watered with 1 to 2 inches of water a week. To supplement natural daylight, use lights in greenhouse to provide lilies with 6 to 8 hours of light.

Chenille Plant

Chenille plant grows up to 5 to 6 feet tall and produces 6 to 8 inches long leaves. Flowers of this plant create almost 18 inches long drooping clusters in bright red color but flowers appear only on female plants. Chenille plants can tolerate any type of soil provided that soil provides the plant with good drainage.

Orchids

Orchids are both cold and warm sensitive. They mostly like to be grown indoors so are best to grow in greenhouses because in greenhouses, their specific lighting and temperature conditions can be fulfilled easily. Orchids should be grown in those greenhouses which have opaque windows so that they can filter light to protect orchids from burning. Temperature requirements are between 70 and 80 degrees F during day and between 50 and 60 degrees F at night. To maintain this temperature, you can use fans and heaters. Orchids should be watered only when they become dry but you can mist greenhouse after every three days to maintain humidity level.