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The astonishing beauty of indoor plants have been major attraction for many of the people around the globe. They make our living room, stair, balcony, and roofs look more attractive and beautiful. If you are in dilemma on which species could be best may be you should definitely try out Jade plant.

Let’s explore all the facts on how to plant, grow and care for this unbelievable beauty (Jade Plant) and decorate our room with this spring blooming beauty.

 

What is a Jade plant?

Jade are the succulent plants also known as the Lucky plant, monkey plant or a money tree belongs to Crassulaceae family. This species are popular in the eastern cape province of South Africa as an indoor or house plant.

People usually praise its juicy leaves and small white or pink flowers. The mesmerizing small pretty tree looks of this species make it more favorable for plant lovers. This is also easy to maintain as it requires very less amount of water.

Scientific name: Crassula ovata

 

How to plant jade plant in a good manner?

If we plant any species in a proper manner then it will definitely provide you with an excellent result. The proper way to plant the jade plant in a good manner is as follows:

– If you want to plant this beautiful plant, you need a moderate depth and a few wide diameter planter.

– Sandy soil with good drainage capacity is preferred as waterlogging might lead to root rot as well as random leaf fall.

– Another way is using potting mix in combination with additional perlite to improve drainage. A 2:1 ratio of potting mix to perlite is considered as best.

– Alternatively, you can use a pre-made succulent or cacti potting mix to plant it in a healthy environment.

 

How to propagate or grow the jade plants easily?

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As a plant lover you might be curious on how to propagate the jade plant in your home and ensure better health. But, don’t worry it is easy to produce the jade plant. You can propagate your jade plant by following ways:

 

Method of clippings (From cutting of stem or leaf):

– Take a healthy parent Jade plant with good stem or leaf.

Then remember to cut the stem or leaf in such a way so that cut should be 2-3 inches.

After that, you must keep those stem or leaf in warm place for many days.

– A few days later you will find the callus over the wound of the leaves or stem.

If you see the callus remember that the roots are ready to grow. 

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Then, place them on the soil with good drainage capacity, which must be moist but not too much wet as it might cause root rot.

Cover the wounded area with little soil and put the pot in a bright areas (indirect sun) but not in direct sunlight.

– Do not water it till you start observing the roots growing of the new plant.

After then you can see Jade growing with green tips. If not, don’t worry keep caring and testing the roots of the plant. Once you find the roots then you can water them gently as the plant require. Then the plant starts growing with green tips.  

– Keep watering when you feel soil is dry but remember not to do overwatering.

– Remember not to plant it wet as it might cause root rot.

 

Now we are going to learn how to care for the jade plants?

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– It is necessary to care the indoor plants to make it healthy. If the indoor plants are affected by any disorders then you need to be aware of those situations.

– Firstly the overwatering is strictly prohibited to this plant. If you do overwatering then the roots of the plant will rot which makes plants weak or might lead to death.

– Do not use splash water from the height to the direct root of the plant as it will open the soil and lead to fungal and viral infections.

– Sometime you might observe some yellow spots in the plant with pale leaves then understand that it is the sign of low water. So, make sure you water the plant.

– If the leaves look wet and swell then it may have too much water. So keep the pot dry sometimes to save the roots. 

– It’s better to check dryness of soil every 5 days just by pinching soil with finger.

– Jade plants need few hours of direct sunlight i.e. only about 3-4 hours.

– But after that remember to keep this plant in a bright place where direct sunlight does not hit the plant. The suitable temperature for jade plants is room temperature but it can withstand a minimum of 12 degree centigrade.

– Beside these; for making the plant healthy one can use organic fertilizers or fertilizers made from cacti succulents.

 

Benefits of the Jade plants

Let’s learn about the benefits of this beautiful plant:

a) The lucky plant:- The Jade plant is known as the symbol of luck in Asian countries. Asian people believe if we keep this evergreen long living plants indoors it brings prosperity and fortune to life and provides positive energy to us. 

b) Humidity increasing property:- The lack of humidity can cause dry skin, allergies, cold flu, flaky lips, an itchy throat, and many more. Thus, this species come with multiple benefits. Researchers say that it can produce humidity of about 20-60 percent which is best for rooms.

c) Indoor air quality:- Nowadays we use paints, polishes, and glue which produces harmful organic compounds inside the room, which can be prevented by the Jade plants. It is also best for removing the toluene and acetone. This can prevent you from confusion, exhaustion, insomnia, and other diseases. It also purify air and absorbs carbon dioxide at night.

d) Easy to care:- The Jade plant is popular as the easiest caring indoor plant. You just have to save it from direct sunlight for many hours and low temperature. This species require less watering and fertilizing. So, its easier to care on watering and fertilization purpose too. But remember to have soil with good drainage quality.

e) Medicinal purpose:- It is also the plant that we can use for medicinal purposes. Chinese peoples claim that they use it as a diabetics remedy. It is also used to treat wounds, stomach upset, and warts.

f) Decorative purposes: It adds astonishing beauty to your rooms and house. The beautiful green, glossy and oval-shaped leaves make it perfect. The pink or white flowers of this beautiful plant really pulls the attraction of every people. 

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Types of jade plant:-

1. Common Jade plant

2. Silver Jade plant

3. Variegated Jade

4. Crassula Arborescenes

5. Crasulla argentea gollum

6. Crassula Ovata Botany Bay

7. Crassula Ovata Hobbit

 

Facts about the jade plant:-

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1. It is the very popular indoor plant which can adopt the warm and dry condition easily.

2. It is originated from the Cape province of South Africa.

3. It is mostly used in Chinese traditional medicine purpose to treat dry skin disease and diabetics.

4. It is a long-living plant that looks like a small tree due to its steam.

5. It absorbs the organic compounds in the air and also carbon dioxide at night.

6. One of the amazing facts is that it can retain water in the thick branches and stem.

7. It is an evergreen plant that gives extra beauty to the rooms and surroundings of the room.

 

Problems that jade plant can face with solutions:-

Insects and Bugs:

– The most common problem of the Jade plant is an insect problem and mealy bugs. 

Symptoms: White and cottony appearance (mealybugs), yellowing of leaves, and deformation of the plant during growth. 

Solutions: The simple method to eliminate this problem is killing the insects with cotton cud or brush. Likewise, it can be eliminated by gently wiping leaves and steam with a cotton swab with alcohol. 

But be careful not to get it confused with fungus or mildew and use chemicals for that as it might be fatal to plants.

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I hope this article helps you to learn all the facts about planting, growing, and caring for Jade plants along with their benefits, probable problems and their solutions on it. I recommend you all to put this beautiful indoor plants inside your home and office because they are beneficial for your health and mood.

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This succulent plant not only provides aesthetical beauty to your landscape but also come with other multiple benefits which encourage many plant lovers to have this agave species indoor as well as outdoor.

Let’s try to explore on how to grow agave, choose among different varieties of agave, their planting techniques, benefits, fun facts and how to care them properly?

 

Introduction

Agave, the native species of Mexico and the arid and semiarid region of Carribean, belongs to the family Asparagaceae / Agavaceae.  These are succulents with a rosette growth habit that will left you astonishing. They grows well in Mediterranean region but also do well in the tropical and subtropical region.

It has become more popular among gardeners in the water-guzzling landscapes as they enhances the aesthetic value by its dramatic foliage and subtle color. These perennial drought-tolerant species have large leaves with tapering spiny tips.

 

Preferred Zone: It thrives best in the USDA 8-10 growing zones where a seasonal dry period occurs.

 

Why grow the Agave plant?

– Attractive leaf symmetry;

– Drought tolerant and can grow for months without water;

– Easy care and management;

– One of the best option among perennial patio plant

– Also considered fire retardants.

 

Some uses and facts about the Agave plant

1. It is used in making liquor-Tequilla and pulpue (bee-like drink).

2. It can be used for making ropes.

3. Biofuel.

4. It can be used as sweet alternatives as it is 1.5 times sweeter than sugar.

5. Agave plants are grown in the garden for their beautiful foliage.

6. It belongs to the family Lilly despite resembling its morphology with cactus.

7. As many species have spiny leaves, make sure to leave some walking space around them.

8. For growing in a container or as indoor or in a garden small agave species are better suited.

9. Planting with ornamental grasses soften the rough edges and further enhances aesthetical beauty of the landscapes.

 

Planting technique

Agave can be grown by using various methods. Some of the common methods are:

 

a) By seed

Most of the agave species flower between 3 – 50 years of age. Therefore, the fruit develops from the pollinated flower. No special seed treatment is required. But, germination requires warmer temperature so summer planting gives the best result. Selection of seed species depend upon where (indoor or outdoor) you intend to plant.

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Source: (Rodriguez et al., 2019)

The seed will start germinating after 1-2 weeks of sowing. Once the plant establish themselves, you can transplant it onto another suitable area. Transplanting time might differs from species to species. For example:

a) A. attenuata– 4 months

b) A. victoriae-reginae– 18 months

Transplant the seedlings in the pots and leave them for about 4-8 month in the greenhouse. After that hardening, off in shade should be done for 1 month before planting outdoor. It will give the best result.

 

b) By Pups or sucker

It is a widely used method in naturally clustering species of Agave such as in arborescent agaves such as A. attenuata. The suckering of young plants i.e.  aroused from the mother plant are called pups which is used particularly in this sort of propagation. 

In this technique, first, separate the pups from the mother plant by cutting with a sharp knife. But be careful not to do the harm to the mother plant while extracting pups. After then, check the presence of roots on each pups as only rooted pups are likely to grow, survive and do good. Immediately after cutting the pups, plant it in well-drained soil. 

 

c) By Rhizome cutting

It can also be done in some clustering type of agave. Cutted- rhizome with at-least one dormant bud are preferred as it provides best result.  But be careful to plant these rhizomes in well-drained soil and cover it with perlite. In 4-6 months the plants from the rhizome will be ready to transplant to another suitable media indoor as well as outdoor.

 

d) By  Bulbils

Small plantlets produced from the axils of exhausted flowers are called bulbils. This method have been found to do best in A. vilmoriniana, A. desmetiana A. atrovirens etc.

 

e) By Coring

It is also a commonly used method of propagation.

Steps:

– First, make a wound by cutting the central growing portion of the plant to prevent further growth and promote the development of new shoots.

– Spring season preferable.

– After 5-6 month, a new plant will arise from the damaged portion which develop roots in about a year.

 

f) By Micropropagation or tissue culture

It is becoming a popular technique of agave propagation due to ease and healthy planting production. Tissue culture in laboratory is more quick with better production and now has been commercialized in a large scale around the globe.

 

Planting care and climatic requirements

a) Soil Preparation

Prepare the soil by mixing sand or perlite (3 sand: 1.5 Perlite). For improving well-drained condition you can use peat moss or cocopeat too. Well-drained sandy soil is the ideal condition for agave but could grow also on soil ranging from rocky to loamy type with good drainage.

 

b) Planting time

Transplant them in the spring or before the rainy season. This will give your plant plenty of time to gain the maximum size. But be aware that while planting, rosette should not be covered otherwise plant will rot.

 

c) Sun exposure

They are sun-loving plant. So, make sure to plant in the area where bright sunlight comes. They even can tolerate scorching sunlight without showing any burning effect. 

 

d) Temperature

They could survive in cold temperature after establishing as well as hot one but grows best in warmer and low humid condition. The optimum temperature for its proper growth is 20-28 °C. Below 20°C plant growth retards while below 10°C plants could not survive.

 

e) Water

Proper irrigation should be done in the seedling stage. But once plants establish themselves, you should cut the water supply. As they are desert plants could grow well in dry soil too. However, proper moisture should be maintained during active growth period. The amount of water also depends on soil moisture content, soil type, weather condition and growth stage of plants. Generally watering twice a week is enough in the early growing phase. While in cold weather, 1-2 times in 2 weeks is more than enough.  They cannot tolerate waterlogging conditions. They show yellowing symptoms if over-watered leading to crown rot. So, proper drainage should be maintained.

 

f) Fertilizer

Although they grow well in undernourished condition than over-fertilizing, additional additional application of fertilizer might be beneficial during summer and late spring. But be aware of over-fertilizing as it leads to flowering and plant die after that. Fertigation (irrigation + water) in a monthly interval gives the best result. In winter, avoid fertilizing.

 

g) Repotting

Agave rarely needs repotting due to its slow-growing nature. Repotting has to be done in case the plant outgrow the container or pot. In such a scenario, transplant the young plants in a container having 2-3 cm larger diameter during spring with special care. Cover the stem with pebbles rather than covering it with soil or substrate because it will enhance drying and facilitate proper oxygen in the root zone. Also, transplant the plant in shallow depth without burying the neck and rosette of the plant to prevent the plant from rotting.

 

Thinking of bringing agave plant indoors?

If you do not have gardens for outdoor planting or if you are living in excessive cold areas then you can grow Agave plants indoors too. However, special care should be given while planting this plant indoors. Here are few things to consider before indoor planting of Agave:

1. The indoor-planted Agave requires bright light to preserve its peculiar form so ensure good sunlight.

2. Overwatering is the major problem in the indoor-planted Agave. Watering in a weekly interval is enough.

3. Pot the agaves in a 2:1 mixture of soil and sand.

4. Nutrient may become deficient in container planted Agave. So, fertilize during the spring season with compost tea or manure each year.

 

Types of Agave plants

Genus Agave contains about 270 species, all hailing from the deserted area near South America. Among a large number of species of agave, here we will mention only a few of them which you might prefer.

 

1. Century plant (Agave americana)

Century plant (Agave Americana) is also known as Maguey in Mexico. It has attractive bluish-green leaves tapering like saw-toothed spines. Two major varieties are- A. Americana mediopicta and A. Americana marginata. Both these varieties grow quite well in an open setting.

 

2. Royal Agave/Queen Victoria agave (Agave Victoriae-reginae)

Agave Victoriae-reginae or Royal agave is best suited as a potted or container plant. It is the most beautiful species among the genus Agave. Plants are smaller only about 6 inches taller that can also be grown as a border plant.

Leaves of this species form compact dome shape by curving inwards.  The plant can live up to 20-30 years depending on the agronomic practices, climatic condition, and variety. Flowers of this agave are reddish-purple or creamy in color.

 

3. Blue Agave or Tequila Agave (Agave azul)

It is also popular species most commonly used in making tequila, a traditional drink of Mexico. It has many elongated and fleshy leaves having bluish tint. The leaves are filled with sap but the outer surface is hard and dull.

 

4. Sisal (Agave sisalana)

Mexican origin but spread around the tropical and subtropical region too due to the fiber content in leaves. Large rosette arrangement of leaves. Young leaves bear the spine which gradually disappears over time. It is used for Sisal fiber production.  The yellowish-green colored flower immerses from the rosette and the plant dies after flowering.

 

5. Mountain Agave( A. montana)

It is an evergreen cold-tolerant quite large succulent species i.e. about 4 feet tall having a rosette arrangement of leaves. It can be grown above 2500 m altitude also. Leaves are broad, fleshy, upright having an apple green color. The cinnamon red colored spine on the margin of the leaves makes this plant more attractive.

 

6. Thread agave (A. filifera)

It thrives well in both containers or the garden. It has wide dark leaves containing white margins and fuzzy white filaments. No special care and management is required.

 

7. Foxtail Agave (Agave Attenuata) or Dragon Tree

It is a spineless plant i.e. 4-5 feet tall with curved inflorescence. Leaves are soft, pliable, and attractive. It has a greenish-yellow flower which make it perfectly adorable.

 

8. Octopus Agave (Agave Vilmoriniana)

It is a unique and graceful foliage succulent species having rosette growth. Long slender leaves arc and undulate making it looks like tentacles of an octopus. Toothless leaf margin of this species curls inward.

 

9. Smooth Agave (Agave Desmettiana)

It is a variegated form of agave species with smooth margins and a sharp terminal spine best suited as a potted plant. They flower only once at 8-10 years. Just after flowering it dies. So grown for leaves decoration rather than flower.

 

 

Hope you all are enjoying our blog post and learning from our effort. If you have any question regarding this article (blog post) as well as any suggestion please mention it in comment box below. Keep reading and happy practicing the learning on field.

 

 

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Everybody loves greenery whether in the forest or their surroundings. Are you also thinking about the beautiful tree species in your surrounding with a great greenery scenic beauty? Then the foxtail palm could be the one for you as it fulfill your dream of having a beautiful palm in your home or garden. 

Let’s explore on how to grow foxtail palm and have its proper care including some additional information on its flowers and more in details.  

 

What is foxtail palm tree?

Foxtail palm is a beautiful fast-growing species native to Queensland Australia and is very popular in warmer regions all over the world. This palm species from Arecaceae family is called as foxtail palm because of its plumose leaves at the top scattering as the bushy fox’s tail.

Botanical Name: Wodyetia bifurcata

Mature healthy foxtail palm can reach a height of about 30 feet. When the fronds die of old age they drop from the tree themselves so you don’t need to care about its fronds. Its single or multiple trunk is smooth, thin, and self-cleaning. The beautiful white flowers and clusters of colorful olive green fruits at early stages and orange-red when ripe make this species mesmerizing.

 

How to grow or propagate foxtail palm by seed?

Fruits are the source of fresh foxtail palm seeds which is the best and most effective way to propagate this species. Although other ways such as propagation through cutting, division and air layering are also in practice; they haven’t been found to be effective and thus not applicable. 

 

Steps to be followed

1. First of all, you need to harvest the seeds properly. Harvest the seeds when the fruit starts ripening but remember not on overripening. Pluck the best red fruits from the clusters. You will get one seed in one mature fruit.

2. Then, soak the seeds in warm water for about 48-72 hours changing the water daily. If you find the floating seeds then remove them as they lack endosperms and thus couldn’t germinate.

3. After that dip them in a solution of 1 (bleach): 10 (water) and rinse thoroughly. Now scarify or rough up the seeds. To scarify the seeds, rub them gently with sandpaper or a file, or nick the outer coating with the tip of a knife. But don’t apply too much pressure.

4. Lastly, plant the seeds in your garden immediately as foxtail palm seeds don’t store well i.e. the more fresher the more better it is.

5. Alternatively, you can propagate a foxtail palm indoors. Plant fresh foxtail palm seeds in a container filled with a moist, sandy, well-drained potting mix or coco-peat. The pot should be at least 6 inches deep, although 10 to 12 inches is even better.

6. You can plant several seeds in a pot, not touching, or you can plant a single seed in a pot. Plant the seed horizontally and cover the seeds with about one-fourth inch of potting mix.

7. Place the pot in a plastic bag. Unless you have a greenhouse or you live in a very warm climate, you’ll need to place the pot on a heat mat set to 86 to 95 degree F (30-35 degree C).

 

How to plant foxtail palm in a good manner?

– Planting the foxtail in a good manner gives you with the best result and fast-growing palm tree. 

– Make a hole and put organic peat humus or topsoil into the hole. Then plant the foxtail there.

– But in order to get the best healthy foxtail palm you need to plant palm by maintaining the spaces between palms. If you are planting the palms in a row, keep at least 6 feet of spacing between two palms.  

– You need to plant foxtail about 9 feet far from the house because the branch of foxtail can hit your house. You can plant it on four corners of your house which really gives attractive looks to your surrounding.

– It can be planted or transferred in the medium pot aside from your swimming pool when they are young to add beauty. 

Planting in this proper way will give you fantastic palm with adorable beauty and also keep them free from the transfer of the disease from one to another & ease for maintenance.

 

How to care foxtail palm?

– Foxtail palm is well-adapted to growing in areas where winter temperatures stay warm. It needs full sunlight of about 80-100%.

– To get the best and healthy palm you need to keep the soil moist but not overwatering.

– Make sure that your pots and soil have good drainage to let the water seep through. Water-logged condition is not good for foxtail palm.

– Foxtails are palm which are heavy feeders and thus need fertilization particularly granular palm fertilizer that contains micronutrients. You should do this in spring, summer, and autumn during their phase of rapid development to ensure its proper growth and development.

– Supplement feedings by applying manganese or magnesium, to keep their fronds (major attraction) prettiest deep-green in color. Your palm may suffer from a deficiency in low potassium soils. Thus, supply of potassium or potash fertilizers is also recommended.

– The fronds keep falling when they become old so keep it at a place and use it as a fertilizer later on when it gets decayed or you could use it as a mulch too if needed.

 

Benefits of foxtail palm

1. Its quick growth means you can enjoy a good-size tree in just a few years.

2. It’s easy to care for a Foxtail Palm. 

3. It is a low-maintenance plant that lifts the spirits in any garden or home.

4. This adds beauty to your garden and home.

5. It consumes carbon dioxide and provides fresh oxygen.

6. Be careful not to have the seeds as its poisonous if ingested.

 

Facts

1. It is self-cleaning as it cleans its frauds when they get old. 

2. It is firstly known in 1978 when an Aboriginal man bought it to a botanist.

3. The leaves of this palm look like the tail of a fox so it is called foxtail palm.

4. It has a single flower petal.

5. The flowers and fruits are in clusters.

6. It grows more than a foot per year.

7. It is also an endangered species.

8. The foxtail palm is a species of palm in the family Arecaceae, native to Queensland, Australia.

 

Problems (Diseases) in foxtail palm and their solutions:

Usually foxtail palm doesn’t have any problems, but it may get some if you won’t care about it at all. Then you might start worrying and stressed about why my foxtail is dying. Here are some of the common problems and their solutions which might be of great help for you:

You can also contact the nearest botanical specialist for your problems if the condition of your palm gets worse. This can be the best solution. 

 

a) Crown rot or Root rot:- 

If you plant your palm in cold climates or wet soils, the palm might develop fungal diseases such as root rot and crown rot which could be fatal too. Root rot develops when the roots are water-logged too long.

Symptoms: Crown rot symptoms include fronds turning brown and the center stalk dying. Root rot above ground shows wilting and slow growth and root can turns soft and mushy in case of below-ground root rot. 

– Solution: These diseases can be avoided by cultivating the foxtail palm in temperate climates and in well-drained soils. Furthermore, to avoid fungal infections and diseases, make sure that your Foxtail is getting enough nutrients from the soil.

 

b) Iron or potassium deficiency:-

This species can catch up with the problem of iron and potassium deficiencies which could further exacerbates the risk of other diseases caused by these deficiencies. Sometimes overwatering could also cause these sort of deficiencies due to runoff and leaching.

– Symptoms: Yellowing of leaves that might turn into brown and necrotic at tips.

– Solution: Add slow-release potash or mixed nutrient fertilizers once to twice a year only.

 

Some Tips

1. Over-fertilizing your Foxtail would be harmful to its growth. So you need to know about the amount of fertilizers that you add to the soil.

2. The palm may develop fungal infections from overwatering. So plant the tree with the plants whose requirements are the same as the foxtail. You can shot out the problems by maintaining a good level of the soil.

3. Therefore you need to study the requirements and proper caring of the foxtail plant, then only you will be able to get the healthy, fresh, and beautiful disease-free foxtail plant in your yard.

 

So in this article, we hope that you get to know a lot on guide for growing foxtail palm and its proper care. We hope this article will help to learn about the foxtail palm in detail. If you want to study and learn more about other indoor and outdoor plants visually with proper guidance you can visit our youtube channel learnagro

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Spring is here. The imagination of shinning sun, budding trees and thawing ground absolutely should drives everyone crazy. Are you thinking of turning your bare and gloomy garden into green ones by growing fruits and veggies this spring? Are your green fingers ready to be dirty but wondering what to plant? Then this article is absolutely for you. Let’s learn about some best fruit and veggies to plant this spring…

 

INTRODUCTION

As like literal meaning of “Behind every successful days there are many days full of harsh and adversity” the spring also is here after cold rough winter with harsh temperature. The beautiful spring sprouts gives the feeling of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth. Spring brings life to the world where nature will be at its best. 

Gardeners and plant lovers are fond of spring beauty and spring garden. This article will provide all of you with some ideas of extraordinary alternatives to plant this spring.

 

TOP 10 RECOMMENDED FRUITS AND VEGGIES FOR YOUR SPRING GARDEN

To get you started; here are top 10 recommendation from us to start with this spring:

1.BEANS

Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are easy to grow and care. Green beans such as snap and string beans are a popular common side dish in many American households. North, South, and Central America are home to these annual green beans. They are ready to harvest after 50-55 days of sowing.

These rich source of vitamins C, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin K and silicon are believed to be best for healthy bone, clean skin and strong healthy hair. Beside these they are also perfect for belly fat losing dietary plan and inflammation due to soluble fiber.

 

Climatic requirements

– Sowing seed after the last frost or snowfall is best yet soil with low temperature and high moisture content enhances rot rather than germination.

– Either of the bean variety can thrive in the temperature between 500 F to 850 F.

Soil

– Light, well-drained soil with good sunshine is best preferred.

– They grow well in slightly acidic to neutral (6-7) pH soil.

Planting

– Beans are directly sown to the field as their roots are fragile and cannot withstand transplanting.

– Furthermore, since they are fast growers, you will not profit from planting them early in a covered structure.

– Bush beans are self-supporting, while pole beans need a support system such as a trellis, string, or stake.

 

2.CUCUMBER

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus), a common summer vegetable, is an annual herbaceous plant in the cucurbitaceous family. It contain nearly 95% water which helps to keep the body hydrated throughout the summer.

This species is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Thus, they possesses many health benefits such as lowering blood sugar, promoting weight loss, reducing risk of heart, lung and autoimmune disease and reducing inflammation.

 

Climatic requirements

– Cucumber prefers warmer temperatures 700 F- 800 F for its proper growth and development.

– Choose a planting location that gets at least 5 hours of sun per day.

Soil

– They do best in rich well drained sandy loam soil with 6-7pH.

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3.LETTUCE

Lettuce (Latuca sativa) is an important leafy vegetable as a perfect diet. This annual crop belongs to Asteraceae family and is commonly eaten raw as salads, tacos, sandwiches, and burgers in most countries. 

These rich source of fiber, iron, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C helps to improve eye health, promote sleep, reduce cholesterol level and reduce inflammation. It is one of the preferred spring species due to multiple health benefits.

 

Climatic and soil requirements

– Cool season-loving lettuce can thrive wide range of temperature in between 400F -850F.

– To grow lettuce in spring, plant them in full sun but in summer partial shade is essential.

– Rich well-drained porous soil with pH between 6 to 7 is preferred. 

Planting

– Lettuce can be sown directly to the field and if you make rows, it would be easy.

– Sow them 4 inches apart in ¼ to ½ inch depth.

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4.RASPBERRY

Raspberry ( Rubus ideaus), nutritious and delicious fruit, grows in cooler climatic zone naturally. Raspberries are ideal for the fresh market along with commercial processing like frozen fruit, puree, juice, or dried fruit. You can even plant raspberries in the backyard, container, or even in pots.

Varieties of raspberry

Summer-fruiting raspberries are more popular producing fruit from previous year’s growth. They only produce one crop per season (June or July).

– Ever-bearing raspberries are also known as fall-bearing or autumn-bearing raspberries. They fruit in fall  as well as in summer of the following year.

 

Climatic requirements

– Raspberry prefers cooler climate, cool summer, and mild winter. They thrive best in full sun however, they can also tolerate some shade.

Soil

– Sandy loam soil with proper drainage and pH 6-7 is advisable.

Planting

– Raspberry is propagated from the root suckers.

– Seedlings are raised in the nursery for one year.

– Once the frost disappears at the end of the winter, seedlings can be planted in the field 1 inch deep.

 

5.BLUEBERRY

Blueberries are perennial like raspberry. Due to its multiple nutritional importance, the fruit is popular as anti-oxidant alternatives, rich in fibers and vitamins. This fruit helps to improve digestion, reduce risk of cancer and promote healthy skin.

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6.Spinach

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)is a green leafy annual vegetable that thrives in cooler climates. It sprouts quickly and can be harvested as soon as three weeks after planting. Gardeners preferring baby spinach leaves can plant in a small space, harvest them, and then plant in another space later.

Climatic requirements

– Spinach germinates in temperatures of 40 to 75 degree F. It may fail to germinate in warm soils.

– Though spinach is cool-season crop, it can tolerate a temperature of 950 F.

– The vegetable prefers full sun, but if you want to grow them till June, plant them in partial shade.

Soil

– Spinach grows best in rich well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.

Planting

– Spinach can be directly sown in the field.

– Spacing should be made 12 inches apart so that leaves can grow to the fullest.

 

7.Squash

Summer squash grows rapidly (in around 60 days) and is harvested in young. Their skins are thin and delicate, and they produce a lot. The most widely used summer squash is zucchini. 

This rich source of vitamin A, B6 and C, folate, fiber, magnesium, riboflavin, phosphorous and potassium is packed with multiple health benefits and preferred by many dietician and gardeners.

 

Climatic requirements

– Temperatures between 60° and 85°F are ideal for growing and fruiting, with 65° and 75°F being the optimum.

– Squash prefers full sun, make sure your squash gets 6 hours per day.

Soil

– Squash prefers compost rich mildly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8.

Planting

– You can directly sow seed outside when the temperature is about 600F or sow your squash seeds inside or in a heated greenhouse 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost date.

– Plants should be spaced 15 to 20 inches apart in 4 to 6-foot rows in case of bush-type squash.

– And in case of vining squash plants should be spaced 12 to 15 inches apart and rows should be spaced 6 to 12 feet apart.

 

8.Honeydew

The honeydew melon (Cucumis melo), also known as honey melon, is a fruit belonging to the melon family. IT has a light green sweet flesh and a white-yellow skin color. Honeydew is nutritious and can have many benefits in addition to its flavor. It’s delicious on its own or as desserts, salads, sandwiches, and soups.

 

Climatic requirements

– Honeydew melon is a quick germinating (3-5 days) warm-weather fruit that thrives in temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Soil

– Rich well-drained soil with pH 6.5-7.5 is preferable.

Planting

– You can start with seeds to grow honeydew in your garden in case of warm spring temperature.

– It’s best to start your honeydew plants indoors if the spring weather is mild. Plant them three weeks before the last frost date in your region.

– Sow 4-6 seeds per hill in a row and 5 feet apart.

– After germination, thin and keep 2-3 plants per hill.

 

9.Kale

Kale is a cold-weather fast-growing annual green leafy vegetable. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family (Cabbage family). This species is nutritionally rich and has several health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, risk of heart disease, reducing inflammation, improving eyesight and many more.

 

Climatic requirements

– Kale grows best in cool temperatures ranging between 17–30°C.

Soil

– Organic matter rich well-drained loam soils a pH range of 5.5–7.0 is preferred best for kale.

Planting

– Soon after the soil is workable in spring, sow seeds in the soil for early summer harvest.

– Sow seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep into well-drained, light soil if you’re planting seeds.

– Thin the seedlings after around 2 weeks, spacing them 8 to 12 inches apart.

– Kale baby leaves can be harvested in 3 weeks and mature in 40-50 days.

 

10.Beet

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) is a cool-season crop and can bear the temperature near frost so, they are a great choice for gardeners on the northern side. They are popular due to the anti-oxidant properties present in them and also they are used to treat anemia. By fortune, it’s easy to cultivate too.

 

Climatic requirements

– The germinating temperature for beet is 500F and germination takes within 5-8 days but could plant it up to 75 degree F temperature.

– In soil having a lower temperature, it would take long to germinate.

– In full sun, it grow better. They should be exposed to sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.

Soil

– Soils with a pH of 6.3 to 7.0 are ideal, while it can also tolerate slightly alkaline (7.0+) soils but couldn’t tolerate acidic soil.

– Garden beets grow in a wide range of soil however, loamy and sandy loam is considered as best.

Planting

– Beetroots are propagated from seeds.

– Seeds can be placed 1.5 cm deep and 7cm apart from plant to plant.

– You can sow from mid-April to mid-July depending upon different climatic conditions.

 

Growings and caring for plants are a test of patience. You do not get results in days or may be months too as it could take years based on type of plant and available environmental factors. If you are one of the impatient types and need quick yields, these are some of the veggies that you can grow in a span of 1 to 3 months.

 

Introduction

Most of the vegetables we consume in our daily lives are annual/seasonal plants. This means they have to complete their lifecycle in their preferred season. These plants grows flower, fruit, and disperse their seed in a span of a season. While the perennial plants take years to mature, annual one grow quickly, which ensures their species survivability.

Most biennial plants also come under fast-growing vegetables category but for a different reason. Biennial plants complete their life cycle in 2 years. When their season is over, these store food so that they can live for another year. We consume the parts where the food is being stored instead of fruits.

 

Fastest Growing Vegetables

Although there is a limited range of options, here are some of the fast-growing vegetables that you can quickly harvest from your garden.

 

1. Green Onions (20-30 days)

Green onions are very easy to plant, very fast to grow, and very healthy for your diet. It goes with almost any food. You can regrow green onions from the ones that you buy from the store with their roots attached.

You can grow it even on a glass of water (hydroponics system). Although the bulb takes three to four months to grow, you can keep harvesting the leaves every 20-30 days.

 

2. Spinach (45 days)

Spinach is very easy to grow, especially during the spring season. The plant does not grow well on hot summer days and thrives in cold weather. It could be eaten raw as well as by cooking too.

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These green leafy vegetables originated in Persia are heavily loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Consumption of spinach improves eye health, reduce oxidative stress, help to prevent cancer and reduce blood pressure too. The plant matures quite quickly and you can keep harvesting the leaves while it is growing.

 

3. Lettuce (6-8 weeks)

Lettuce is one of the very easy growing species. It can’t resist cold weather so, it’s better to grow it indoors in such chilling temperature. Lettuce takes about 6 to 8 weeks to harvest the entire head. But you can keep harvesting the leaves while it is maturing. 

It could be consumed raw or in cooked form. This species is a rich source of vitamin A and K along with small amount of Vitamin C & iron. Consumption of lettuce improves bone strength, vision, sleep and also aid in hydration. 

 

For more information, you can watch our video on how to grow lettuce quickly here:

 

4. Arugula (4-7 weeks)

Arugula is another leafy green vegetable in this list that grows in similar climates and conditions to lettuce, kale, and spinach. You don’t need much time and space to grow this plant. It can be completely harvested in about 4 to 7 weeks and the mature leaves can be continuously harvested during that time.

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This species is rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, chlorophyll, vitamin k, isothiocyanates and phytochemicals. These properties helps to reduce risk of developing breast, prostate and lung cancer, improve hydration and bone health, reduce inflammation of the body, promote weight loss and cleanses as well as detoxifies the body.

 

5. Lady’s Finger/ Okra (55-65 days)

Okra is a summer plant that can mature in 55 to 65 days and can keep producing for about 10 to 12 weeks. This finger-shaped vegetable is the foremost which needs some space to grow. The plant can grow from three to six feet tall and nine to fifteen inches in width.

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Okra is the rich source of magnesium, folate, fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, K and A.  Thus, this species is packed with many health benefits such as promoting heart health, reducing risk of cancer, controlling blood sugar, lowering cholesterol level and reducing stress.

 

6. Tomatoes (50-60 days)

Tomatoes are another annual plant that grows pretty quickly. They are very easy to grow and provide various nutrients Potassium, Vitamin C, Lycopene, Beta carotene in our diet. Tomatoes are easy to any dish. It takes around 2 months to harvest tomatoes. 

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Cherry tomatoes are the go-to if you are looking for a fast-growing veggie and dressing for your dishes. Tomatoes are best preferred to reduce heart disease and cancer, and promote skin health.

 

If you want to grow this red juicy vegetable in your home, you can watch the following video:

 

7. Beetroot (7-8 weeks)

Beetroot is a root vegetable that is known for its dark red/crimson color. This plant is packed with nutrients like Iron, Manganese, Potassium, Folate, and Fiber. At about 7 to 8 weeks, the root turns red and grows to the size of a golf ball, that is when you know the plant is ready for harvest.

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Beetroot provides many health benefits such as improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure, increasing exercised performance, preventing cancer, reducing inflammation and heart diseases. 

 

8. Radish (2-3 weeks)

Radish is also a root vegetable that grows in a span of two to three weeks. The leaves of radish are edible and can be harvested during the development of roots. Radish is very healthy and provides nutrients like Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, and other Vitamins.

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We have covered how to grow cherry radishes at home in the video below. Cherry radish is an excellent choice of radish if you need quick harvests.

 

9. Peas (10-13 weeks)

Peas will flower at around 10 to 13 weeks and fruit in a few weeks. Peas are excellent winter plants but are susceptible to frost. You can plant Snow Peas if you are very impatient as you don’t have to wait for the pod to fill.

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Peas is the excellent healthy food source as it helps to strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation and lower risk of chronic conditions including diabetes, heart diseases and arthritis.

 

10. Microgreens (10-12 days)

Microgreens are not actually a vegetable but just growing sprouts of various vegetables. Microgreens are very nutritious and can be grown pretty quickly. It can be cultivated in 10-12 days. 

They contain various kinds of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Sunflower, pea, radish, broccoli, and cress are some of the plants whose microgreens are recommended.

 

Learn how to grow microgreens at home from this video:

 

 

Now you can get started on your gardening and get quick results. Hope this article was helpful. Also, remember to share your results in the comments section. We really want to know your results.

 

References:

“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az_yNVEM7CY” “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microgreen” “https://unsplash.com/photos/vyHo3nnk8G8” “https://pixabay.com/photos/green-plan-food-vegan-spinach-2565925” “https://unsplash.com/photos/p1yTPLjC8ys” “https://pixabay.com/photos/green-plan-food-vegan-spinach-2565925/” “https://www.southernstates.com/farm-store/articles/how-to-grow-okra”

 

 

Indoor plants are gaining popularity day after day. They make your room beautiful, colorful and fresh. If you are into indoor planting you might have heard “Calatheas” or if you’re someone who already knows and owns a calathea, you still might be interested to know how to care for this beautiful species.

Let’s learn about how to care and grow Calatheas plant and bring it into practice to achieve perfect result.

 

What are Calatheas?

The Calatheas is a large group of plants native to tropical and subtropical regions of American continents. This stunning species from marantaceae family are characterized by their large broad leaves, decoration on the upper lamina with prints and colorful inflorescences. They grows on the bed of the forest where there are low sunlight and high humidity.

Calatheas Plant Care and Grow

Nowadays they are popular as indoor plants in homes and offices because of their exotic patterns and colors in their leaf. This plant is also a great pickup for pet lovers too as they are pet-friendly species.

 

 How to grow Calatheas?

1. Potting/ Repotting

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– Calatheas needs potting when you buy it for the first time and need repotting every few years as the plant grows in size.

– Get a pot with good drainage so that the extra water can be drained.

– Then, fill half the pot with potting soil and put the root part of the plant on it. Don’t forget to break clumps of soil before putting it in the pot to make it porous.

– If you don’t have potting soil, you can use compost mixed soil from nearby field but be aware on worms which might damage plant root.

 

2. Propagation

a) By division:

– Propagating Calatheas is quite tricky and needs a lot of patience. They are usually propagated through division.

– Divide the roots at the natural division from plants root-balls and then pot it separately for new plants. Be careful not to damage the fragile roots of Calatheas as it impacts growth or generation a lot.

– But, the divided parts will take some time to generate their roots and in the process the remaining leaves might dry a little.

– So, one need to be patient for at least 2 to 4 weeks.

– The pot in which the plant is propagated should have enough moisture, porous and well-drained.

 

b) By seeds:

– Difficult to achieve success but could be done.

– Mix cocopeat with soil for its better growth.

– Moisten soil and sow the seed at depth of 0.5- 1 cm depth.

– Cover the pot with plastic to maximize humidity and keep seedling warm.

– Place the pot in bright areas with indirect light.

– Once the seeds are 3-5 cm high carefully transplant it into separate pot.

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How to care for Calatheas?

Being an indoor plant they need less care and attention. But that does not mean you can put the plant and completely ignore it. You should at least provide it with basic requirements. But extra love and care is never disappointing rather it makes this species look so stunning.

1. Sunlight

Calatheas don’t need much sunlight. It is better recommended to put in the places where it can get morning sunlight. But be aware to avoid direct sunlight for a long time and don’t put the plant in dark places too. 

 

2. Humidity

– This species prefer humid places. So, you must maintain the humidity of the room to be at least more than 50%. 

– If you observe the leaves turning brown and crispy at the edges it is due to dryness. Thus, it is better to spray leaves with water from time to time to fix the humidity level.

 

3. Temperature

Calatheas do not prefer both cold as well as hot temperature. 70 to 85 degree Fahrenheit is recommended to maintain, as this temperature is considered to be best for its proper growth and development.

 

4. Watering

– The soil need to be moist for this species to flourish well.

– While watering, stick your finger in the soil. If you feel moist then the water you give is enough. If you feel dry, you need to give more water.

– Giving less water will make your plant dry and it will eventually die whereas giving more water will results in bacterial and fungal infection in the roots and plants will die. So, aware of overwatering and underwatering.

– Simple formula is just to never let the soil be dry and water-logged.

 

5. Fertilizer

You should fertilize the soil with liquid fertilizer (NPK) at half-strength once per month to provide it with the required nutrients. If it doesn’t get enough nutrients it will not flower and the leaves might turn brown.

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Benefits of Calatheas

a) Decoration: Calatheas are extremely beautiful and there is no denying it. The neon green and purple-pink color of the leaf will give a nice contrast to the room. The plant always sticks out and gives a modern feel to the room’s architecture.

b) Easy To Care: Calatheas are very easy to look after. They don’t need much care other than watering and pruning. It also does not get any major diseases but watch out for spider mites as they can nest in the leaves.

c) Air Purification: Calatheas plants take harmful chemicals from the atmosphere and clean them.

d) Non-toxic: The plant is completely non-toxic and is safe for a home with kids and furry friends (pets). So, best preferred by indoor plant lover.

 

 Some beautiful Calatheas

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1. Calathea Makoyana (Peacock Plant)

2. Calathea Crocata

3. Calathea Zebrina

4. Calathea Roseopicta

5. Calathea Roseopicta ‘Dottie’

 

Interesting Facts

a) The Calathea genus consists of more than 150 species of plants.

b) Calatheas are also called “Prayer Plant” as the leaves close at night to look like praying hands.

c) Some Calatheas are named after animals because the patterns on the leaves look similar to the patterns of the fur of animals. Some examples of this include Zebra Plant, Peacock Plant, and Rattlesnake Plant.

d) The vibrant color of the leaves fades away when kept in harsh sunlight.

e) The plant is also known to work as a humidifier for the room and maintain humidity.

 

Hope all of you have enjoyed this article and will practice it to achieve intended results. We will be back soon with more new articles till then happy reading and keep supporting us. Thank You!

 

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