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If you’re planning to venture into flower gardening and looking for tips for growing beautiful roses, here are the tips for your first glance. You can grow these plants outdoors or indoors, in your backyard soil or hydroponically. Apart from amateur home growers, commercial growers also cultivate roses that fetch them handsome returns.
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Here are certain basic guidelines for beginners to start with flower gardening.
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Orchids are delicate and intricately patterned blooms fascinate people to cultivate them. Any flower gardening venture is incomplete without orchids. Good news for the passionate orchid gardeners is that growing and caring tips for these flowers are no more a jealously guarded secret.
You can divide orchids in three categories depending on their temperature requirement:
- Cool growing orchids need day temperature of 75F and night temperature of 55F. Examples include Cymbidiums, Masdevallias, and Odotoglossums. [Read more…]
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A tall and thick stem crowned by a beautiful, vibrant and colorful flower with rich yellow petals and a brown centre; no doubt, Sunflowers are most cherished by the flower gardeners like you and me! Apart from their rich, sunset colors, what attracts most growers are large blooms and seemingly endless benefits that these flowers give. Sunflowers can be easily planted from the seed and are available in different varieties. These flowers can be 3 feet tall and can develop big heads. There is one more type of sunflower, called as Giant Sunflowers, which can grow up to 20 feet tall with 2 m blooms. Isn’t that amazing what nature has got in her pot!
Flower gardening can be made easy and enjoyable with hydroponics. Hydroponics gives you the freedom to grow almost anything indoors or outdoors. Sunflower too can be grown hydroponically in a floating hydroponic garden. It gives reduced crop cycles and better yields as all the nutrients are provided to the plants, and hence, the plants can divert their energy towards more important metabolic process rather than wasting it behind searching for food.
While growing sunflowers in a floating hydroponic garden, you have to make sure of a few things. First is the lighting. Sunflowers require adequate amount of light. If you are growing outdoors, your locale should be well lit; if indoors, then make sure your grow lights are on and you are providing the right spectrum of light to your plants. Second most important thing is nutrients. Buy the appropriate nutrients package for sunflower from the market and do not over fertilize them. Too much nitrogen can lead to decreased oil content in the sunflower seeds.
As you are using hydroponics to grow sunflowers, you can float a support raft on top the reservoir. This support raft can be made up of foam. Fill your net pots with rockwool surrounded by silica stones along with the initially germinated sunflower plants. Place these net pots in the spaces drilled at the raft making sure that every plant bottom is well immersed in the nutrient reservoir. Once they start taking the nutrients, you can sit back and relax. Watch your plants flower. No need of pruning either, just a little support when they get bulkier and you’re done. Enjoy looking at them while growing and count time for reaping the desired harvest!
Flower gardening is more than just a hobby for many people. It is a passion, something that gives them immense pleasure. If you are one of such people, then seeing your garden flourished with blooming flowers will give you true satisfaction. Flowers, especially roses are many gardeners’ delight. However, in urban areas where space is conspicuous by its scarcity, growing roses in backyard is not really an option. A perfect space-saving solution for such instances is growing roses hydroponically.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water based nutrient media, without using soil. To grow roses hydroponically, you can go with Drip Irrigation system. In this system, nutrient solution is dripped on to the base of each plant by a small drip line. Timer is used to control submersed pump. You can either go for recovery drip system or non-recovery drip system. In the former, the runoff is collected, processed and is reused whereas in the later one, runoff is drained through an outlet. You can also choose to grow roses using Nutrient Film Technique (N.F.T.). Grow medium like coco coir is best for rose plants as it enables the roots to breathe and absorb maximum nutrients. It is advisable to grow roses from mother plant cuttings. However, check that there are no plant diseases infested on the cuttings because otherwise it will ruin your entire set-up of indoor flower gardening. Also, avoid cutting from a plant which has been artificially grafted because such plants grow up to be infertile.
While choosing location for growing your hydroponic roses, keep in mind that direct sunlight with little draft is optimal for rose plants. Grow lights like sodium halide lamps or compact fluorescent bulbs also work efficiently in case of flower gardening. Roses prefer to grow at room temperature (around 27 degree C) and neutral pH in the range of 6.5 and 7.5.
Flower gardening is not just a technique but an art. And hydroponic growing of roses requires precision along with the hand of an artist! Keep an eye for any rot or fungal growth. Spray rose plants with pesticides to avoid any infestation. Prune rose plants with hand pruners. Regular pruning will help your roses grow in to fuller and bushier plants. Keep removing dead, damaged, and yellowed branches.
Growing roses hydroponically requires constant care and attention. However, once you see your garden full of fresh, colorful roses, you will feel that all this effort is totally worth it!