7 plants that will not disappear even from the laziest housewives
Often housewives do not have enough time to care for their flowers. However, there are crops that require little or no maintenance.
Under certain conditions, aloe grows quickly enough. It is not difficult to observe them, because this culture is famous for its unpretentiousness. Watering in the summer is done once a week, but abundantly, but in winter, when the aloe is resting, the culture will be enough twice a month. The main thing is to prevent overflow, stagnation of water in the soil. There should be no cold water when watering, you should insist on it or use a liquid at room temperature. Aloe loves the sun, so in the summer you need to provide it with sufficient light and a temperature from 22 to 25 ℃. And in winter - a slightly shaded place and a lower temperature of the air - just above 10 ℃.
The tree of life is the nickname of the Kalanchoe. After all, the flower is not only distinguished by its unpretentiousness, but also by its benefits. In the summer, he will be comfortable standing on the west or east window, and in the winter - on the south. This placement is considered the best, since it will not burn the flower. Kalanchoe can grow in any soil. It is required to water it regularly, and on hot days it is also abundant. In the summer, it is necessary to adhere to the temperature from +18 to + 30 ℃, and in the winter - to reduce it to 15-18 ℃.
Fat woman, a tree of luck and happiness - this plant has several names. It is believed to bring prosperity to the family. However, although the culture is unpretentious, it requires some care. Since the tree is native to South Africa, excess moisture in the soil will lead to the death of the flower. Watering in the summer should be done 1-2 times a week, and in the winter - 2-3 times a month. A wonderful place for a fat woman is a window on the southeast side, where there will be enough light for her. It should be planted in sod soil for speedy growth. In summer, it is necessary to keep the temperature from 18 ℃ to 25 ℃ and take the tree out to fresh air, and in winter the temperature should be reduced to 10-15 ℃.
Since the plant appeared in a sunny country, then in the apartment where it grows, sufficient illumination should be provided. Of course, a culture can grow in the shade, but then its leaves will lose their color, and it will develop poorly. Mother-in-law's tongue can grow at any temperature, but 15-17 ℃ in summer and 5-10 ℃ in winter will be ideal for him. If something goes wrong, the roots of the flower may begin to rot. Sansevieria can go without water for a long time, so it should be watered less often, only as it dries - once a week in summer and once a month in winter. And 15-20 minutes after watering, it is necessary to drain all the water from the sump.
The unpretentious flower is popular for its amazing foliage. Lighting for favorable growth should be bright, but diffused. Some cultures need light more than others. They should be hidden from direct sunlight. During flowering, it is recommended to water abundantly and often, in winter - only when all the soil dries out, and in summer, when only the top layer of the soil is dry. In the warm season, the air temperature should be 25-30 ℃, and in the cold - no more than 10-12 ℃.
Ficus is one of the most unpretentious flowers. He loves warmth, light and constant soil moisture. Professionals say that when buying, you immediately need to determine a permanent place for it, as it painfully tolerates any moving. Young plants should be watered when the soil has dried out by 2 cm. In the warm season, after watering, it is necessary to leave water in the pan, and in winter, on the contrary, it is advised to drain the liquid. After each watering, you need to wipe the leaves, and in the summer spray from a spray bottle. Ficus should be provided with bright lighting, otherwise problems may arise due to lack of light. The temperature in winter should not be lower than 16 ℃, and in summer - 25 ℃.
The plant is photophilous, therefore, an excellent place for euphorbia is the southern window sill of the apartment. If the light is not enough, the shoots will become elongated and unattractive. The crop is recommended to be regularly sprayed to remove dust. Euphorbia tolerates dry soil remarkably. In summer, it is watered when most of the land dries up (about once a week), and in winter - once a month. In the warm season, it is necessary to adhere to 20-25 ℃, and in the cold season - 16 ℃.
What flowers should be at home
Aloe, whose homeland is hot deserts, is rightfully called the pharmacy on the windowsill. It is easy to care for, since it is very unpretentious, easily withstands temperature changes, and requires only rare and moderate watering. Aloe is extremely rich in biologically active substances, therefore, its juice and pulp have been used for medicinal purposes for a long time. Adherents of the Feng Shui teachings believe that this plant successfully "absorbs" negative energy, scares away ill-wishers from the house.
Ficus is a beautiful, widespread plant that symbolizes domestic well-being, the strength of family ties, and the harmony of married life. Feng Shui adherents argue that the ficus has an effective pacifying effect, "extinguishes" irritability, aggressiveness. Ficus will be a good gift for young spouses.
The money tree (or "fat woman", "crassula") has long been a symbol of financial well-being (as the name itself speaks volumes about). This plant needs abundant watering in summer, but in winter, watering should be done very rarely.
Saintpaulia (or Usambara violet) is a very beautiful plant with an exceptional variety of petal shapes and colors. Her homeland is the remote mountainous regions of East Africa. The plant is unpretentious, can be successfully grown and bloomed at home. It is only necessary to provide Saintpaulia with sufficient uniform illumination and protect it from cold, drafts. Feng shui adherents claim that pink and red uzambara violets have a beneficial effect on the mood of the inhabitants of the house, white ones soothe well, and purple ones awaken energy, help to strengthen character.
Geranium is not only a beautiful flower, but also a good air purifier, thanks to the large amounts of phytoncides emitted. However, it is better not to keep it in the bedroom, because according to Feng Shui this plant is considered an "energy vampire", but in the living room it will be just right.
What flowers are unpretentious
The most famous of the unpretentious flowers is kosmeya. Gardeners are often discouraged by the high growth of cosmos, but now there are a large number of varieties, including dwarf ones, with a height of only 30 centimeters. The colors and shapes of the flower are also very diverse. For example, in the variety "Shell", each petal is wrapped inward at the edges, like a seashell. There are both terry varieties and varieties with just the same huge flowers.
Eschsholzia will invariably delight the eye with bright colors. And not only the usual orange ones. New varieties of Escholzia delight the eye in a variety of shades from milky to deep burgundy and purple.
Digitalis. For this beautiful "capricious" before sowing, it is necessary to add sand for digging. It is best to sow foxglove before the rain, then the seedlings will be friendly, and the flowering will be long and active.
Turkish carnation will decorate any garden not only with a beautiful active flowering, but also with a delicate pleasant aroma. Monochromatic meadows of these flowers look very beautiful.
Alyssum is a ground cover plant. It smells unusually! And not necessarily white. The trend of recent years is to plant ampelous varieties of alissum in hanging pots and wall flowerpots.
Purslane will not grow on humus-rich and moist soils. But on dry hillocks, it covers the ground with a beautiful living carpet. Simple, non-double varieties are also easy to grow from lost seeds.
Petunias with a simple flower easily sprout by self-seeding. Due to the long growing season, they will please with flowering only by the end of July, but they will easily tolerate the first light frosts and remain beautiful until the very cold weather. Unfortunately, variegated varieties are pollinated by self-sowing and lose varietal characteristics.
If you decide to braid a gazebo, a canopy or an arch in the garden, Echinocystis, a wild cucumber, will help you with this with great pleasure. Very violent. Liana will give you an abundance of openwork shadow from the foliage and the scent of honey from small barely noticeable flowers. And the harvest of small fruits, similar to thorny thick cucumbers.
These are just a few examples of beautiful and unpretentious flowers for a garden and a summer residence. Choose to taste, sow with love, and they will delight you with beautiful and long flowering with minimal labor costs.
Plants for giving
Of course, any plants, even weeds, require care - at least watering on hot days. But still there is unpretentious crops, capable from several days to a week to do without your tender care.
So rather get down to a careful study of this hit parade of plants that can grow by themselves. At the same time, they are beautiful, and some sometimes even bear some kind of fruit!
It is enough to buy a few bags of seeds and scatter them on the ground in the spring. And after a while it will be almost impossible to remove the lupine from the site!
Lupine can delight the eye with shades of almost all colors of the rainbow, but without care it degenerates over time into a blue-white-pink range.
Perhaps this is practically the only tasty herb that loves heat and does not chase moisture much. The rest: lettuce, parsley, dill, even onions - will not last long without water. The salad will turn into color and will not give tender leaves, dill and parsley will become tough, albeit very fragrant.
But fragrant basil not only can protect potatoes from Colorado beetles, it will also become more fragrant in heat and drought conditions.
Even the most shabby fence will look luxurious if you plant a rosehip along it. A few seedlings are enough for the dog rose to gradually take over all the free space. At the same time, he practically does not require care.
So over time, the dog rose may well cover all the holes and cram thorns into the one who dares to encroach on the territory of your "enchanted castle".
And you can also cook compote or tea from dried rose hips, which is useful for colds. As you can see, this plant is of great benefit!
This attractive, hassle-free flower will be the perfect decoration for your garden from spring to early frost.
Perennial asters have a wide range of colors: white, yellow, blue, pink, red, lilac, purple. It is better not to thicken the planting so that the plants are well ventilated. Tall asters must be tied to supports.
Asters need to be propagated every 3-4 years, when the bush begins to bare from the inside. Plants need to be dug up, the roots must be divided and transplanted to a new place. This is best done either in August or early May.
Viburnum is one of the most unpretentious trees. In the spring, it blooms for a long time and magnificently with such an abundant white color that the Japanese with their pitiful sakura did not stand nearby, and all autumn and almost all winter it is hung with huge bunches of bright red berries.
In addition, viburnum fruits are very useful. You can buy her seedlings in a store, ask neighbors or dig up somewhere on the sidelines. But you can just pick berries, put them on the grass and sprinkle them with a pile of earth: after a couple of years, viburnum trees will crawl out of this burial ground.
This is almost the only root crop that does not really need frequent watering. Considering that we now grow turnips only for summer salad, and not for storage, this root crop is suitable for those who do not often visit the country.
Neither radishes, nor carrots, nor beets in hot conditions will not survive for several days without water. Or rather, of course, they will stand it, but they will become too dry, tasteless. And when it rains or is poured abundantly, the roots can simply break in two due to the abundance of moisture.
One of the brightest "stars" of the autumn flower bed is considered to be phlox. These plants winter excellently in most regions, form green clumps in spring, and bloom in the second half of summer, practically until October, retaining an incredible variety of colors and splendor of inflorescences.
Caring for them is also pretty simple.
Chamomile is truly a folk flower that will become a win-win decoration for any flower bed! Chamomile blooms for a long time and stands for a long time in the cut.
It propagates by dividing rhizomes, but you can start it with your own seedlings by sowing seeds in cups at the end of February. It is better to plant chamomile in the ground at the end of summer. Although it can be easily transplanted throughout the season. To do this, you only need to shade it when transplanting for 2-3 days.
This plant is my favorite. Whenever possible, I collect calendula flowers, dry them, and then brew and make hair baths. The result after them is not worse than after the spa!
Also, calendula is a powerful antiseptic. Helps with toothache, barley pain and heals wounds.
To plant this plant in the spring (or during the summer), pour calendula seeds into loose soil. After a short period of time, you will receive a flower garden, blazing yellow-orange all summer and almost all autumn. And the best part is that in the same autumn she will carefully sow herself again!
These large pink and burgundy panicles are also edible: you can make flour or porridge from the seeds if you have nothing else to do, and the leaves are perfect for salads, as they are quite edible.
Once amaranth was the ritual food of the Aztecs, people were fed with it, who were then sacrificed. Therefore, the Spaniards considered this plant devilish and fought hard with it. Although this struggle did not give results at all, because amaranth is unpretentious, it grows and multiplies by itself anywhere.
And if it is important for you that something grows in the garden not only for the eyes, but also for the belly, feel free to choose a plum. This is the most unpretentious fruit tree that even loves abandoned gardens.
By the way, if you are in no hurry, you can easily do without the hassle with seedlings. Just when buying plums, throw the seeds into the garden. Some of them will take root and in five years will give the first harvest. The same trick can be done with cherries, but cherries are usually much more capricious. If you do not lead round dances around it, you may not see any fruits at all.
In the summer everything is fine, except for mosquitoes! However, these annoying bloodsuckers can be dealt with, and in a fairly simple way.
I suggest you find out 8 useful plants that will drive mosquitoes away from your site. Thanks to these beautiful plants, you can calmly enjoy warm summer evenings in your area without worrying about being bitten. These are simply the best plants for summer cottages!
Hope you like this sane selection of unpretentious plants... Be sure to try to create your own "lazy" garden, and let it grow and smell for your delight!
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Alpine slide for a beginner - choose the most unpretentious plants
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The composition of plants and stones opens up the broadest possibilities for creativity. However, for beginners, it's best to start with a simple design and a minimal set of plants.
To make the alpine slide look decorative all year round and not take much time, you need to plant plants on it that are not too demanding to care for.
Conifers for rock garden
The coniferous inhabitants of the alpine slide are the undisputed favorites of novice flower growers who do not plan to pay much attention to their "offspring". In the rock garden, you can plant 1-2 small trees and several shrubs at a distance of 25-50 cm from each other. For a rock garden, pine and spruce cultivars with a spherical, bushy, creeping, drooping crown shape, reaching a height of no more than 50 cm, are suitable. Shrubs should also be of the same squat shape.
Slow-growing and dwarf conifers that are undemanding to care:
- trees : Norway spruce, mountain pine, berry yew.
- shrubs : Cossack juniper, common juniper, western thuja.
Conifers fit very harmoniously into the rock garden
Drought-resistant and hardy plants for the alpine slide.
An alpine slide is most often a low embankment, the upper part of which is open to bright sunlight. And moisture here, on the contrary, does not linger. Therefore, it is better to plant here plants that can tolerate well both the abundance of heat and the lack of watering.
Primrose ... Primroses are typical alpine plants. From the rosette of winter leaves, primroses release a stem, crowned with a bunch of peduncles with large bright corollas. Low-growing hardy primroses - Julia, spring and ear-shaped are suitable for an alpine slide.
Saxifrage. This perennial herb is present in the forbs of natural mountain meadows. For a small rock garden, it is worth choosing hybrids of Arends' saxifrage, shady, rigid-leaved, paniculate, forming low compact rosettes or creeping with a carpet. When buying seedlings or seeds of these species, it is advisable to inquire about the requirements for light, nutrient composition of the soil and moisture (they vary in different saxifrage).
Carnation ... Vom rock garden purple flowers of needle-leaved carnation stand out brightly against the background of a rosette of hard leaves. Creeping forms of creeping carnations are capable of withstanding severe frosts. The multi-colored carpet of the stone carnation remains decorative both in partial shade and in a sunny place.
Gentian ... Experienced prinoda flowers consider the gentian "processor" of the rock garden. For the successful cultivation of both species, their requirements for light and water regimes will be required. The unpretentious gentian is semi-divided, holly, spreading, Daurian. Dense clumps of these plants remain viable for decades.
Bell ... Large-flowered hybrids of bellflower with white, blue and blue color of corollas are suitable for growing in alpina with minimal care. The hill can be decorated by planting an alpine bell, tiny, crowded, peach-leaved, there are more than a hundred suitable views.
What bulbous to plant on an alpine slide
Large tulip flowers and hyacinth inflorescences appear in early spring, distracting attention from the dark paws of conifers, brown cobblestones and gray rock garden boulders. Among the bulbous there are plants that are quite easy to care for.
Beautifully flowering bulbous plants for rock garden with minimal maintenance:
- muscari : Armenian, racemose, aciniform, tubergen
- scaffolds : double-leaved, Siberian and Tubergen
- Pushkinia : worm-like
- onion : pretty, golden.
Of the corms, crocus or saffron are suitable for the slide.
Bulbous plants are planted directly in the ground in autumn in September. These fading perennials are increasingly grown in containers, introduced into the ground early into the container, and dug up in early summer. The earthen "pockets" of the rock garden should not be empty: in the vacated places you can plant verbena, lobelia, purslane.
Recommendations for flower growers
Plants planted on an alpine hill at first need to be watered abundantly and shaded from the sun. It is better to use for watering not a hose, but a watering can. Top dressing during the season should be done with moistened compost mixed with peat. In addition, the condition of the plants must be constantly monitored so that signs or pests can be caused in time.
A rock garden is a great alternative to an ordinary flower bed. It is enough to approach the creation wisely from the very beginning in order to enjoy the well-groomed appearance of your site.
Thinking, not plowing: a vegetable garden without hassle for the mind
Garden and vegetable garden for the lazy: organic farming at FORUMHOUSE
A typical summer resident always works hard in his garden. In the spring, he plows or digs up a plot, fertilizes the land, carries out sowing, which includes the constant planting of potatoes. Then, all summer long, he pulls out the weeds, runs to the beds with heavy watering cans, loosens, spuds, stepsons ... This approach to gardening at FORUMHOUSE is a thing of the past. In this article, we will tell you what modern methods are used by members of our portal.
The neighbors at the dacha dig, flood, water, and they consider mulching, flat cutters and narrow beds to be nonsense and nonsense. I don't want to offend anyone, but it is very difficult to take care of the garden, as my parents did.
Organic farming in the country
Many residents of FORUMHOUSE are the most ardent supporters of the method of organic farming, in which the cultivation of fruits takes place in full harmony with nature, according to the principle "do not remake nature, but help it." Strict followers of this method do not use a shovel and hoe, do not remove weeds, and work for several days during the season - the rest of the time they harvest.
Basic principles of organic farming. Organic farming advocates:
- do not plow and do not dig up the ground, the maximum that is allowed is to loosen the soil with a Fokin flat cutter to a depth of 5-7 cm.
- never use herbicides. Good agricultural technology is the key to a healthy plant, and there are no aphids, fungal diseases, and the Colorado potato beetle in the gardens of well-known organists. And if diseases and pests do appear, they are treated with microbial solutions, folk remedies or biological products.
- do not use mineral fertilizers: you can only use compost, rotted manure, mulch, warm beds, etc.
- try to attract as many earthworms as possible to their site and stimulate the work of soil microorganisms.
- both beds and paths are actively mulching. Agronomist Nikolai Kurdyumov, the author of the “smart garden” system, says that mulching will not get rid of weeds at all, but it’s easier to “rip out one weed exhausted by the struggle for rooting” than to be on duty with a hoe all the time. But the main purpose of mulch is not even to combat weeds, but to maintain moisture, increase soil fertility and improve its structure.
Adhering to these principles on his site, the summer resident pursues three goals:
- increase soil fertility (every year it gets better and better)
- grow exceptionally healthy and tasty fruits without any chemistry
- to reduce the time spent on work in the beds, to facilitate work.
But OZ in the farm requires exceptional consistency and high technological discipline! And without this it is better not to start.
Sepp Holzer's Permaculture
Permaculture is a direction in organic farming, which was founded by the famous Austrian naturalist Sepp Holzer, together with two friends.
Permaculturologists set themselves the task of creating a garden-vegetable garden that will take care of itself. To do this, they select plants that stimulate each other's growth, do not compete for nutrients in the soil, and scare away pests from each other.
The Art of the Lazy Master! This is how I would describe the concept of permaculture for all of us.
Member of our portal with a nickname ShadeXXX using the principles of permaculture, he is trying to revive his site in the steppes of Kazakhstan. Now on his clayey area there is nothing living except dry stunted grass and mosquitoes, but he is sure that in a few years there will be a garden and a pond.
Bagel's lazy vegetable garden
One of the most famous permaculturologists of the post-Soviet space is Boris Bublik. He believes that any work with a hoe and a shovel harms the garden: you just need not interfere with nature, and even better help her by planting suitable plants nearby.
He does not remove weeds, works in the garden for only a few days a season, and practically does not care for him. The vegetable garden grows according to the principle of "edible forest", by itself, without human intervention. In the photo - Boris Bublik's garden.
Another important note is that the size and shape of the lawn must be carefully thought out and calculated. Designed to fit the width of the mower without sharp corners. Then you do not have to go through with the lawn mower once again or cut the "inconvenience" additionally using scissors. A lawn mower is better than a petrol one and, of course, with a grass catcher.
And don't put lanterns on the lawn! It is very inconvenient to mow them.
Dear Readers! I hope that my advice, gained by my own experience, will be useful to you. And even if you do not make some of the mistakes when creating your garden, it means that I did not write this article in vain.