Aloes are easy going succulent plants that need very little maintenance. When growing your aloes it is good to know what the aloe habitat of that aloe species is and try to imitate that as much as possible. On the other hand, most aloes for sale are hybrids and even if they were a species, it is seldom possible to get the right identification.
There are a few rules that can be followed for growing aloes.
Aloe hybrids are much easier than aloe species in that the hybrid has a wider choice of growing conditions inherited from at least two different aloes species.
Frosty winter gardens are much more difficult to handle than frost free areas as wet frozen roots are a major cause for killing the plants. What to do in your frosty winter garden?
1. Lawn: Don’t allow frost or dew to dry on the grass. Never try removing the dew with the help of a broom. Early morning is the best time to sprinkle water on the grass. To resist the winter chill, give urea or ammonium sulphate and flood it immediately. Do a treatment of sludge as it creates warmth. In areas receiving heavy snowfall, clean your lawn of any debris as once the snow comes, these can smother your grass, damage your turf and leave your lawn vulnerable to diseases.
Planning For Early Spring Garden – As you plan what to add to your garden this winter, we’re sure you are paying attention to the light and water requirements all good perennial vendors attach to each entry in their catalog. This is very important to your success with each plant. But it is possible to mix more drought loving plants with those that require more moisture in the same planting with good results. The secret lies in the substructure of each given plant’s area in the bed.
Drought lovers do like some water, they will reward you with a much more beauty with some weekly water…in a drought bed. But what if you want to put say – lavender and phlox in with lobelia and ligularia? Those water requirements can really hamper one’s creativity!
The Best Shrubs For Early Spring Garden – Early spring is not the time you expect to see anything except the budding of plants and trees. If you want to have flowers this early in the year there are five shrubs that will give you the desired splash of color and aromatic breezes in early springtime. Read on to find out more about these plants and how to care for them.
1. The Azalea
The Azalea is an early bloomer much like the Rhododendron. The difference is seen in the size of the flower clusters. The Azalea has smaller flowers but is large on style. The blooms can be in a variety of colors and sizes. They can reach up to 15 feet in height and grow best in full sunlight or partially shaded areas. It is good to add mulch around the base to help seal in moisture.