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Growing rose bushes in home garden is very popular among home gardeners but some people live in small apartments and don’t have enough space to make a garden and grow rose bushes there. Are you also among one of them? Do you also want to grow rose bushes in your home? Don’t worry as rose bushes can also be grown indoors. Here I will explain you how it would become possible:

  • Select an appropriate container in which you will grow your rose bush. For this, shape and style of container is not as important to be considered as its depth so make sure that container is 14 inch deep to provide sufficient space for roots to spread. Rose bush roots get rotten if there is not proper drainage so while selecting container, watch that it has drainage holes.
  • Take a bucket and mix one part of bleach with four parts of water. Now pour that mixture into cleaned container and wash it from inside. After that you can rinse container with water.
  • Prepare potting mixture by taking equal amounts of mulch, peat moss and sterile potting soil. After filling the container half full with this mixture, shift rose from nursery container to your own rose container. Potting mixture should be added to flower container until rose roots are covered making sure that bud remains above soil.
  • Potting mixture should be watered thoroughly until water runs from drainage holes of container. Watering is necessary as it helps potting mixture to settle. Now add more potting mixture to level it under bud union of rose bush. After that you are required to cover top of soil with one inch layer of mulch to retain soil’s moisture. Now place container in sunny location so that it might receive sunlight required for its proper growth.
  • Rose bush should be watered daily until red leaves are developed because red leaves indicate new growth. Then water rose bush once a week by pouring water on to potting mixture until you see water coming out of drainage holes.
  • Pruning rose bushes at proper time is also important so when you see spent blossoms and faded leaves, remove them. Sharp gardening shears should be used for this purpose otherwise you will cause damage to rose canes. Some people add rose cuttings to compost which is wrong and should be avoided.

These were some simple and easy steps which you can follow to grow rose bush indoors and make your house elegant and fragrant.

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Do you want to grow rose bushes in your garden from seeds? If yes then you will have to be very patient and lucky because growing rose bushes from seeds is somewhat tricky and difficult. But once you will succeed in growing rose bushes from seeds, you will come to know that it was quite enjoyable. I have also grown a rose bush from seeds in my home garden after making complete research on this matter. During my research, I found a number of useful instructions and tips which I want to share with you:

  • Before starting, you are required to perform a float test so place seeds in a cup of water. Seeds that float on the top are not workable so you can throw them away. Only those seeds are best that sink to bottom of cup.
  • You will require drying seeds by scattering them on a towel. Rub the pulp away from seeds using a small brush.
  • When I planted a rose bush from seeds, I stratified them for their better growth. You are required to do the same. In order to stratify seeds, place them on paper towel. Make sure that paper towel has been soaked in a solution having half water and half peroxide as it is necessary to avoid mold from occurring. Fold the towel so that seeds remain inside it and then put it into a resealable bag. Now place this bag into refrigerator after setting temperature at 34 or 38 degree Fahrenheit and keep seeds in refrigerator for approximately 6 to 10 weeks.
  • For your convenience, I will recommend you another method of stratifying seeds. All you need to do is to place seeds in a tray containing potting soil. Now cover that tray and keep it in fridge for a couple of weeks.
  • You will also require preparing a potting soil mixture that proves to be perfect for growth of roses. You can do so by filling pots with half vermiculite and half disinfected potting soil. Now push seeds down in the soil about 1 inch and place the pot in direct sunlight. Water the soil when you feel that it has become dry. You will see that seeds will begin to sprout in approximately 6 weeks.
  • When your seedlings have grown a couple of inches tall, transfer them into separate pots. This process is quite delicate so make sure that roots of plants are not touched by your hands. You can use a spoon either.
  • After transplantation, you will apply fertilizer. Choose a variety that can be either sprinkled or applied by making its solution in water. I selected that type of fertilizer that contained more phosphorus as compared to nitrogen and potassium. As far as quantity that needs to be applied is concerned, you can get that information on the packet of fertilizer. Apply fertilizer to rose bush in spring, summer and a few weeks before snow fall.

The above mentioned tips are the same which I followed while growing rose bushes in my garden and you can also take help from these and have a flourishing rose bush to attract your guests towards your boring garden.

Growing orchids indoors is somewhat difficult task because it requires a lot of efforts and patience on part of grower. If you are also interested in growing orchids indoors but are not aware of exact conditions and instructions then read this article in which I have provided a number of useful instructions for growing orchids indoors:

  • First step is to choose right variety of orchids. Those who are familiar with orchid types and varieties can buy these plants from any grocery store but people who don’t know much about orchids are required to purchase orchids from a good nursery. Personnel in nursery can prove very helpful because they can give tips about basics of growing orchids indoors. While choosing orchid plants, make sure that they don’t have black or brown patches on their leaves as these patches indicate that orchid plants have been attacked by a disease. Yellow leaves of orchid plants also show their poor health condition. Those orchids should be selected which have bright green foliage.
  • You should also provide a suitable growing environment to orchids. As far as lighting is concerned, place orchids at a location which receives bright but filtered light. It is better to place them at a window facing east. If you don’t have such locations in your home then place orchids near a window and provide them with sheer curtains to protect them from intense sunlight.
  • Orchids also require humidity for their healthy growth. Humidity can be provided either by using a humidifier or placing a tray or dish of wet gravel under the pot containing orchids. While doing this, make sure that plant does not remain in standing water since damp conditions may become a cause of different diseases.
  • Water your indoor orchids only when soil gets dry. Most of new growers make a mistake by over watering their plants. If you want to check whether the pot is dry or not then follow a simple tip. Take a sharpened pencil and dig it in the soil near center. If the wood of pencil becomes wet after removing from soil, then it means that there is no need to water plants.
  • Special care should be taken while potting. Keep in mind that orchids require proper drainage because orchids grow well when their roots are dry. Therefore potting medium should be permeable and light. In order to provide optimal drainage to plants, use a clay pot having large drainage holes.
  • Feed your orchids regularly for their healthy growth. Feeding is necessary to ensure that plant is receiving all essential nutrients. Fertilizer solution with half or quarter strength can be applied to plants once a month during their growing season.

Above tips and instructions will help you to learn how to provide required environment to your indoor orchids and they will grow with their utmost beauty.

 

Zinnias are annual flowers having long stalk. They are mostly grown to decorate flower vases and making floral arrangements. Gardeners love to plant these flowers because of their beautiful colors like red, white, pink, yellow, orange and even these are found in multi-colors. They can also be grown in combination with other flowers to add more beauty to your garden. I am fond of growing different flowers in my garden. This year I decided to grow zinnias and to make it possible I made some research on requirements which are important for their healthy growth. These requirements are as follows:

  • Soil condition is very important to consider while growing any kind of flower. So is the case with zinnias. They need well-drained soil having large amount of organic matter. Zinnias can also be grown if soil is poor and not well-drained but to improve their growth, you will be required to make some alteration in soil to get healthy and vigorous flowers.
  • When it comes to sowing seeds, you are also required to make some preparations. Sow seeds either in already prepared seed box or directly into flower pots. For best results and in order to have better spacing between the plants, it is recommended to sow seeds indoors in germinating tray or seed box and then planting them in the in plots later.
  • When the seedlings become ready for transplanting, plant them in plot after last frost of season. During plant’s growing period they are required to be watered to make the soil damp. This process of watering regularly should be continued until flowers begin to bloom.
  • Proper space between plants is also important for their healthy and fit growth but remember that planting distance varies with size of zinnia plant which you want to grow in your garden. Miniature varieties require a distance of 4 to 6 inches between them while gigantic varieties may require a distance of 1 to 2 feet.
  • When you feel that plants have been set in beds and are fully established, you will then require putting some mulching material around their base. It is necessary to do so in order to protect plants against weeds and to maintain moisture of soil. You will require providing general purpose fertilizer at least once a month to make zinnia producing more flowers. Mostly zinnias begin to produce flowers during mid-summer until start of frostiness.
  • These flowers are also required to be removed when they die away. This will encourage growth of some new blooms. If you have planted giant varieties of zinnia, then prune long branches that stimulate new branches to grow.
  • Pest and disease control is necessary for growth of plants but in case of zinnias, you will not require to bother as these plants are tough and defiant to attack of pests and diseases. In spite of this, if you still feel that your plants are attacked by some pests, provide them with insecticidal soap which you can make at home. Fungicides are also very effective in this regard.

Following above given instructions, you will be able to make your garden look colorful with different varieties of zinnias. Zinnias grown in your garden can also be used for making decorations on different events like weddings and birthdays.

Perennials are the flowers, plant and shrubs having a longer lifespan. After a long winter, gardeners wish to grow some perennials that can beautify their garden with such flowers that are long-lasting. Some home gardeners do not know which perennials spring flowers should be planted in their gardens therefore I am going to share information about some perennial flower for guidance of such amateur gardeners:

Crested Iris

This perennial is short-lived as compared to other perennials. Its blooms are very beautiful and come in different colors including white, salmon, yellow and blue. Crested iris grows well in shady areas and can adjust to all moisture conditions. It grows even better when it is planted in flower beds.

Moss Phlox

Moss phlox is a perennial that blooms in the months of April and May. Its flowers are very attractive and come in the shades of red, pink, white and purple. This plant requires full sun and well-drained soil to grow well. It has the ability to grow in different soil conditions and it can even tolerate drought. Moss phlox can be grown in containers, beds or in rock gardens.

Candytuft

Candytuft is an evergreen flowering shrub that produces white flowers in late spring and early summer. It can grow to a height of six to twelve inches. Candytufts should be planted in full sun and are required to be sheared after flowering in order to keep them shaggy.

Snowdrop Anemone

It is also a perennial that produces white flowers in late spring or early summer. This plant has deep green low foliage and needs full sun for its proper growth. It can also tolerate light shade and grow better in well-drained soil. These flowers can be planted in borders, pots or near the waterways.

Forsythia

These are the shrubs that grow first in early spring producing beautiful yellow flowers. They can be grown either in full sun or light shade. These bushes grow very fast and fill in the area very quickly.

These were some perennials spring flowers that you can grow to add to the grace and exquisiteness of your garden.

Blue orchids are somewhat rare flowers even some of its species are in danger of extinction. The reason is that their natural environment is being destroyed. Growing blue orchids is quite challenging but following some instructions and tips can make it easy to grow blue orchids. And when proper care is taken, blue orchids produce flowers three times in a year and last for almost one month.

Important Tips

  • Blue orchids usually grow beside trees and their above-ground roots hang freely. If you want to grow them in your home you will have to select the appropriate pot. The best method is to grow blue orchids in baskets. Another option is to grow them along a big piece of cork bark with their roots hanging down. In this way, roots will be able to absorb moisture from air. The best tip for growing blue orchids is to allow their roots to grow without controlling them.
  • The other factor that demands consideration is the medium in which you are going to grow blue orchids. These are unique and rare plants and they can not be grown in common potting soil. They grow best in the medium which contains a mixture of pine bark, fir bark and osmunda fiber. If you are a new grower then the best option for you will be to purchase pre-made orchid mixture from a garden center.
  • Blue orchids require a plenty of water as it is important for flowering of blue orchids. The blue orchids should be watered everyday during their growing season (from June to September). And during the rest of the months, keeping them moist would be sufficient. After the blue orchids bloom, don’t water them for two weeks and allow them to get dry and then water them again.
  • As other orchid plants, blue orchids also require a proper amount of light. Place them in such an area where they can receive a plenty of light as they grow best in intense sunlight. If you are growing them in green house then hang them from the roof near to the glass so that it can receive the required amount of sunlight.
  • Feeding the blue orchids with proper fertilizers is also necessary. A good plant food should be given to blue orchids from June to mid October after every two weeks. That plant food should be high in potash at half potency. Feed the plants at quarter strength once a month from November until June.
  • Re-potting is another factor that should be considered. Re-potting should be done with special care. When orchids have grown and start producing flowers, they are required to be re-potted after every one or two years. If you will do that, your blue orchids will continue producing flowers.

These were some tips regarding the growth and care of very rare blue orchids. Follow these tips and have beautiful blue orchids in your home.

Growing an indoor garden is very beneficial as it plays an important role in reducing air pollution in your house and consequently it will also prove healthy for you. Many people want to create indoor gardens but don’t know the exact way of making it possible. It is quite easy to create indoor garden if some useful tips and instructions are followed. Such instructions are given below:

Purchase Plants

Firstly you will have to purchase plants that can grow and flourish indoors. These plants may include some varieties of ivy and tropical plants.

Selection of Containers

You will have to select containers of good quality. Plastic containers should never be used as they can not support a growing plant due to their light weight. Remember that the containers are not only necessary for the proper growth of plants but also they affect the decoration of your house. Bad quality containers can spoil the outlook and décor of your house.

Choice of Soil

Potting soil should be used to grow the plants indoors. Some people make a mistake by using the topsoil from their yard. It can be bad for the healthy growth of plants because topsoil doesn’t contain the nutrients essential for plants.

Selection of Location

The best area for growing the plants indoors is that which receives a lot of sunlight during the day time. An eastern-facing window would be the perfect location as it receives a large amount of sunlight in the afternoon.

Keeping the Plants Mist

Indoor plants need to be misted frequently. In big and modern homes, there are air conditioners which give a pleasant feeling to human as they deplete the indoor moisture. But this is not good for indoor plants. Therefore it is necessary to provide moisture to the plants daily with a spray bottle. Remember to fill the spraying bottle with filtered water.

Arrangement of Plants

The plants should be arranged in an attractive way to appeal the guests that visit your house. You may hang some plants from the ceiling. Spider plants and ivies are best for this purpose as they grow downwards. While making plants grouping, place taller plants in the back of short plants so that short plants become visible.

These were some simple instruction to create indoor gardens. Hopefully it will help you a lot.