Winter flowering Jasmine Plants and Care

Winter flowering Jasmine Plants and Care

If you like to grow winter jasmine in containers then you are at the right place. Because in this post you will learn about winter flowering jasmine care and maintaining techniques. You can grow it in an outdoor garden or in indoor containers.

Remember that container growing plants do not grow tall like ground rooted plants. In this post, you’ll learn how to grow it from seeds and how to care in different seasons of the year.

About the winter flowering jasmine UK

Winter jasmine UK is a vine plant. It is a member of the Oleaceae family of plants. It produces star-shaped flowers that do not release any kind of fragrance. Winter jasmine is famous for its yellow leaves.

There are more than 200 species of winter jasmine plants. But we are talking about the most famous UK winter jasmine also called Jasminum nudiflorum.

If you grow it in containers then it grows 3 to 4 feet tall. But the ground-rooted plants grow 10 feet tall. To make it a climbing plant you need to give it support from the beginning. Otherwise, it will grow as a creeping vine plant.

Quick care Steps

Common Names

Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum

Plant Size

4 feet to 10 feet tall, 3 feet to 4 feet wide

Flower colour

Yellow

Sunlight

Partial or full sun

Soil

Well-draining

pH

Acidic, alkaline, and balanced

Toxicity

Non-toxic to animals and humans

Pests and diseases

Winter jasmine is resistant to all pests and diseases

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Best winter jasmine varieties to try

Jasminum Nudiflorum

This is the award-winning jasmine variety. The Royal Horticultural Society awarded it with a Garden merit award.

This plant produces small star-shaped yellow flowers. These flowers do not have fragrances. The good news is this plant can tolerate all types of weather conditions. This makes it suitable for all types of gardens.

Jasminum Aureum

This species also produces yellow color flowers. But it has variegated leaves. The green and cream color leaves look very beautiful on winter days.

Both varieties of winter jasmine UK have the same caring needs.

Jasminum nudiflorum

Growing winter jasmine from seeds

If you are planning to grow it from seeds then you need to start seeds indoors. Buy high-quality seeds and a seed starting tray from the garden store.

Then soak the seeds in clean drinkable water for 20 hours. This will help them to sprout fast and easily.

After 20 hours take out the seeds from the glass and sow one seed in each cell of the tray. Make sure you use a good potting mix for the germination. Use a spray bottle to mist the soil.

After that cover the tray with a plastic cover and place it in a warm and humid place. The plastic cover will increase the moisture.

Lift the cover from one end of the tray for 2 minutes every day for the fresh airflow. Within few days the seeds will start to sprout. Keep the newly sprouted seeds inside in the tray for 30 days. After that, you can transfer them to a container or plant them directly in the ground.

Winter flowering jasmine care

Following are the winter jasmine UK care steps. Read carefully and make notes for quick actions.

Light requirement of winter jasmine

You do not need to worry about the light requirements. Because this plant is suitable for full sun or for a partially sunny location. The vines of the plant remain green throughout the year. For the best possible growth and flowers grow it in full sun. In the partial sun, the plant will not grow more than 3 feet and also produce fewer flowers.

Therefore, for the best possible growth grow it in full sun.

Water

Unlike other vining plants, winter jasmine needs more water. In winters you need to water it once in 15 days. But in the summer season, this plant needs water 4 times per week. Winter flowering jasmine plants growing in containers need more water than outdoor garden plants.

Ground-rooted plants absorb water from the ground. They have long roots that go deep in the ground. But in the case of container plants, the root does not have enough space to grow large in size. Containers have limited soil in the pot. From which they only get water.

Always use fresh clean water for watering plants. The quality of water affects plant growth.

Soil

Do not need to worry about the soil. Because the winter jasmine plants will grow in all types of soils. They can be easily grown in normal soil, slightly acidic soil, or limited alkaline soil. Even they stand happy in clay-type soil. The only condition is to prune them regularly and water less often.

Fertilizer

They do not need any kind of fertilizer. But if you want to fertilize them. Then use normal houseplant fertilizer only in their actively growing stage.  

Before use read all the instructions and dilute the liquid fertilizer accordingly.       

Temperature

Winter jasmine can tolerate the temperature up to -15 degrees C. The UK climate is perfect for growing winter flowering jasmine.

So, no need to worry about the temperature. Winter jasmine is a hardy plant and is resistant to many diseases.

winter jasmine flower

Repotting winter jasmine Uk

Winter jasmine is good to be grown in containers. They can stay for years in the same container. But once they grow tall their roots become tight and bound in small containers. Then you need to use a big container to save the plant from dying.

For repotting only, use 2 inches wide and deep pot. Do not use the same soil for potting up. For best results use the same type of new potting soil in a new container.

Winter flowering jasmine pruning

This is the most important part to keep the winter jasmine plant healthy. Spring is the best time for pruning the winter jasmine plants. Use sharp garden tools to trim it.

If your grown plant is too large then trim it to keep it thin.

Then look for the unhealthy stems and remove them. In one session of pruning, you can cut and remove 25 % of the plant.

Propagate winter flowering jasmine

Propagation is the technique where we use plant cuttings, stems, or leaves to grow multiple plants. In this case, look for a healthy semi-hardwood stem. Then cut it from the plant by using sharp shear.

Then plant this cutting directly in the soil and give some water.

You can also use water to propagate. But the soil is best to propagate winter jasmine UK plants.

How to control excessive growth?

These plants become invasive when you do not give them support to climb. The vines develop roots where they touch the ground. To control its aggressive growth trim it regularly, or you can support it. And it will grow as a climber.

If your plant vines get rooted in the soil. You can cut that rooted part from the plant and plant it in the new container to grow more plants.  

How to grow Nemesia plant?

How to grow Nemesia plant?

If you like to grow colorful annuals that produce wonderful flowers. Then Nemesia plants are the best choice. Nemesias develop colorful flowers that releases sweet fragrances.

Growing and caring for nemesia plants is easy and simple. Just give them a good amount of light, clean water, quality fertilizers, etc. The plants will grow healthy and bloom for a long time.

They bloom from spring to Autumn.

In this article, you’ll learn how to grow nemesia plants, care, propagate and how to save them from pests and diseases.

Quick care summary

Common Names

Nemesia, Nemesia plant

Size

10 to 24 inches

Flower time

Spring to Autumn

Flower color

Blue, white, pink, purple, etc

Light

Full sun

Water

Moderate

Temperature

Cool temperature

Pests and Diseases

None

About the plant

In one look Nemesia plant looks like an orchid. But they are not orchids they are small bedding plants. You can grow them in pots, hanging baskets.

The good part is you can also grow them on the borders of your garden.

Or

If you want a good alternative to grass then grow nemesia plant as ground covers.

Nemesias are native to Africa and have many varieties. You can grow any of them in your garden because they have the same growing needs. But there are two popular varieties that we often see in UK gardens.

Nemesia strumosa and N. caerulea are commonly grown in gardens and containers. Remember that plants that we grow in gardens grow taller than container plants.

If you like blue and white flowers then choose N. Strumosa. On the other hand, if you like Pink, purple, white, blue, or red flowers then choose N. caerulea.

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Growing nemesia plants

As I already said, the growing and caring needs of all types of Nemesia plants are the same. Therefore, you can grow any type of nemesia with the below care guide.

If necessary, make a note for quick use.

nemesia-uk

Light

Nemesia plants need full sunlight. They grow best under direct sun rays. Even if you are growing them in containers you have to move it to the full sun to fill its light needs. Nemesias need a high amount of light and warm weather to bloom.

Once it blooms arrange some shade for it in the afternoon. Because the flowers of the plant cannot tolerate the hot sun rays in summer from 12 pm to 3 pm.

At this time the sun emits high intense rays that can fade the flower color.

If your plant is not producing flowers this means the low light is the issue. If you like to grow it indoors, you need to put the plant pot on a sunny window.

Those who do not have sunny can use grow lights. 400 watts LED grow light will be the best for nemesia like plants.

Watering

In its native place, the flowering plant grows in sandy soil. This means it needs less amount of water. But the twist is it needs continuous moist soil.

If you are growing it outdoors in the garden then water it like you waters other plants. If you forget watering it can tolerate it for few days. Garden plants absorb water from garden soil.

In the case of container-grown nemesias, you have to use special potting soil. These types of soils are specially designed to hold more water without being waterlogged.

Give water to the plant roots, do not mist water on plant leaves and flowers. Because doing so will damage the flowers and your plant drop most of the flowers before time.

Use any kind of water that is suitable for human consumption. It can be bottled water, tap water, or packed filtered water.

In short, the water you use to drink is best for watering plants.

Soil

If you are growing it from Nemesia seeds, you need to use seed starting soil (commercial peat). Once the seeds develop into seedlings then you can transfer them to an outdoor garden or in pots.

In-plant pots you need to use well-draining soil. Because this plant is prone to root fungus. It is a deadly disease for plants. In the UK most houseplants die due to root fungus.

To save your plants, use potting soil in containers instead of normal garden soil. Buy houseplant soil from the market and fill the container.

Remember that the soil bag should have perlite-like substances to hold water for a long time.

If you are planning to grow them in a garden. Then your garden soil has to be rich in organic material. If it has enough organic material then it is good but if not, then use compost to amend your garden soil.

Compost adds organic material to your soil and improves its fertility. In compost amended soil you can grow any type of vegetable plant, herb, and flower plant.

Do not add compost to your container if you are going to put them inside your home. Because the compost is derived from organic waste and it releases an unpleasant smell.

It also contains some healthy bacteria that break down the nutrients and make them easily available for plant roots.

Note: Commercial sold potting mix is best for indoor growing plants.

Temperature

As we all know African countries have warm weather. Therefore, this plant also needs warm weather to grow. This also clears that Nemesis plants cannot survive in winters. Cool temperature is not a problem but it cannot survive in freezing winds.

Put the plant container outside in the direct sun in the early days of summer. This will speed up the blooming process and the plant produces a heavy bloom.

Like our body needs a comfortable temperature to live. Plants also have a comfortable temperature range. In some places, Nemesias tolerate 5 degrees C while in others they die when the temperature drops below12 degrees C.

Nobody knows why this happens. But professional botanists said this is due to the different nemesia plant care techniques.

Some people forgot about their plant needs. While others make them strong before the winter hits. This helps them to stand healthy in cold temperatures.

In the UK you need to move the nemesia plant containers inside in winters. Put them outside again when the spring arrives.

nemesias plant uk

Humidity

In simple words humidity for plants means the moisture content in the air. There are many ways by which you can increase room humidity.

In this case, for best nemesia plant care put the plant pot in low to moderate humidity. Remember that only rainforest plants need high humidity.

Other plants need low to moderate air moisture.

Nemesias grows in sandy soil in warm weather. This means it thrives when the warm winds blow. Cool air has high humidity. This clears that the normal humidity that we have in our homes is perfect for the plant. Also, the moisture content that we have in outdoor air is good for growing nemesia plants in outdoor gardens.

Keep in mind that plants that bloom in spring need a low humid environment.

For your other plants, you can use a plant humidifier to increase the humidity level.

Fertilizer

If you are growing it in an outdoor garden in rich organic soil, you don’t need to use fertilizers. But for the best possible nemesia plant care and bloom, you can use slow-releasing fertilizer. This type of fertilizer releases nutrients at a slower rate. This makes a continuous chain of nutrients to plant roots.

This way nutrients are always available for plants. They never become nutrient deficient.

For outdoor plants use granular or powdered forms of nutrients.

For indoor or container plants use liquid nutrients. Synthetic liquid nutrients speed up the container plant growth.

They also do not get collected near the root area. Plants spend few amounts of their energy to absorb liquid nutrients that we mix in water. Always follow the instruction of the nutrient bottle. Dilute it with clean drinkable water.

Pruning

Pruning means trimming the plant to keep it in good shape. In this technique, we use a knife or sharp shears to trim the plant. Then we look for the overly grown leaves and stem. Then we use tools to cut them to keep the plant short.

This also includes removing the yellow and dead parts of the plants.

Pruning is necessary to encourage new growth. If the plant is not showing proper growth. Then prune the top part and it will start growing faster.

Propagation

Propagation is the process by which we grow more plants just like the mother plant. We propagate plants from seeds that we save from the current plant or the cutting of the current plant.

In nemesia plant care, we propagate it from seeds and cuttings. First of all, let the current plant make flowers then seeds. If you grow them in an outdoor garden the plants will propagate automatically. This process is called self-seeding.

In container plants, take these seeds in plant them in spring when the temperature rises to 15 degrees C. Once the seeds become seedlings transplant them in an outdoor garden or other pots.

Nemesia plants can common problems

The only problem that the nemesias plant face is root rot. This root fungus is the result of excess water. It is more common in container-grown plants. Because growers give extra water to the growing nemesia plants. They often think that plants need water daily. This is not true plants need water when the soil becomes dry.

To save your plants from root rot. Always check the soil conditions before watering them. use a digital soil moisture testing meter for an exact reading.

Or use your index finger to check the soil moisture.

Insert your finger in the soil and feel the moisture. If the soil feels moist do not water and if it feels dry give some water to keep it moist.

Note: Do not use plant containers without a bottom hole. Because this type of container cannot save your plants in case of accidental overwatering.

The bottom hole is necessary to drain the extra water that is poured by the grower. This saves plants from many diseases.

Grow Begonia Maculata Plant as Fast as Possible

Grow Begonia Maculata Plant as Fast as Possible

Begonia maculata is also known as the polka Dot begonia plant. It has beautiful foliage with white silver dots on them. This plant is the first choice of houseplant lovers. If you want to grow a houseplant that is easy to grow and take care of. Then the begonia family is the best option.

Begonia plants have hundreds of species and all species produce very beautiful foliage and flowers.

This begonia maculata is a short plant that grows to medium height when grown in a container. Outdoor growing begonias achieves good height than indoor growing polka dot begonias.

You can grow these plants in your garden or in containers. These eye-catching plants look very beautiful in stylish containers.

In this guide, you will know how to grow and care for polka dot begonia maculata plants.

Let’s start:

About the plant

The plant only grows 1.5 meters tall with a 20cm extended leaf size. On first look, you will see the upper surface of the leaves is dark green. Whereas the reverse side of the leaves is red in color. In general, leaves are red, maroon, or pink. Every leaf has white or silver spots on the upper surface. Sometimes these dots look unnatural. They look like someone paint the foliage of the plant with silver color dots.

This is the magic of mother nature.

The plant produces flowers in cluster form. In the initial blooming stage, it has white flowers that change their color as they mature (white to light pink).

The size of the plant, shape, and color of foliage depends on the type of begonia you grow. If your plant is not producing flowers or it looks weak. This means you are doing something wrong. Growing a plant from seeds or cutting required gardening knowledge.

Especially in the case of indoor growing plants. Because outdoor growing begonias get everything from nature like the sunlight, fresh air, nutrients from the soil.

The problem comes with indoor growing polka dot begonias. In this case, a grower has to feed the plant. And take care of its all-growing needs.

To find out more about growing and caring begonia read the below part.

begonia_maculata

Quick Care Guide

Common Name Begonia maculata, polka dot begonia
Light Bright in-direct light
Soil Well draining
Temperature 15 to 24 Degrees C
Water Weekly watering
Height 1.5 meter tall
Pest & Diseases Aphids, Spider mites & Root rot
Flower time Mid-summer to early autumn

Growing Begonia Maculata Plants

To grow this plant, you need to first decide how to want to grow it. This means that you want to grow it as a container plant or as an outdoor ornamental plant. Remember that indoor plants need little extra care than outdoor growing plants. Below written are the universal polka dot begonias growing steps.

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Light

Most of the new growers think that this plant is a low-light plant. But in reality, it needs few hours of direct sunlight. No doubt it cannot tolerate long hours of direct sunlight. But a minimum of 3 hours of direct sun rays is necessary for better health.

Now the question is which part of the day is best to put it on the sunny window. Morning sunlight is best for houseplants. Because in the morning time sun emits low intense light waves. These light waves are warm which is a good thing.

Because warm sun rays do not harm the plant in fact these sun rays make your plants strong.

So, if you have begonia plants at home give them 3 hours of morning sunlight. Otherwise, your plants will grow weak and lanky. They easily get affected by plant diseases and do not produce flowers.

Low flowers are also linked with a low light environment.

Outdoor growing begonias need shade from 11 Am to 4 Pm. Locate a place in your garden where they can get indirect bright light. Or grow them with other tall plants.

If your plant is still getting sunlight between 11 to 4. Then take a cotton cloth and make a shed off it over the plant in some way. Plant two bamboo poles on the sides of the plant and tie cloth to block light.

begonia maculata foliage

Water

Watering polka dot begonias is the tricky part. Because this plant needs moist soil to grow but do not like frequent watering. So, before watering the plant you need to check the soil. If the soil feels dry give some water to it. If it has some moisture wait for another day and check again. Regular soil check-ups are necessary to keep the plant healthy. Root rot is a common problem in houseplants. This problem is a result of overwatering.

Once you find out how to water begonias you can grow any type of houseplant. Because most of the houseplants have the same watering needs.

Water requirements of polka dot begonia also depend on the temperature in the growing area and season. In the summer season, this plant needs more water. You may have to water once every 3 days.

But in winters your plant needs lees water (weekly or bi-weekly).

The simple watering method is to water your plants when they start to drop their leaves.

Temperature

The begonia maculata is a tropical plant so it cannot survive in cold weather. Indoor temperature is good for growing begonia maculata. Because even in winter we set our thermostats between 15 degrees C to 22 Degrees C. This is the perfect temperature range for houseplants.

The problem comes with outdoor growing begonia plants. They die when the temperature drops below 10 degrees C.

Do not put the indoor growing plant near the heating vents. Because the continuous flow of hot air keeps the plant and soil dry. Dryness is a deadly condition for tropical plants.

Humidity

As it is native to tropical forests. It needs a high humidity environment to thrive. Dealing with humidity is a common problem for indoor growers. The good news is the humidity that we have indoor is perfect for this plant. Not no need to make any change in humid levels.

If you feel your plant is suffering from low humidity. Then buy a humidifier or put the plant on a pebble tray.

Or

you can put the plant in the bathroom for 24 hours. Because that is the place in our homes where we have high humidity. Do not put the plant for more than 24 hours and do not close the door. It also needs fresh air to grow. After 24 hours take out the plant and put it in a suitable location.

Note: Do not mist water on the plant leaves because begonias are prone to powdery mildew.

Fertilizer

Because this is a flowering plant so it needs some amount of fertilizer. Use any normal grade houseplant fertilizer. Use half-strength then the recommended on the nutrient pack. If the pack says you need 1 cup of water to dilute it use 2 cups of water.

The fertilizing begonias help them to produce a good number of flowers and healthy foliage. This also keeps the plants healthy and disease-free. To increases, the disease resistance power of maculata fertilizes it once in 20 days.

Remember that you need to fertilize the plant only in its active growing stage (spring and summer). Winter is the rest time for the plants they do not grow in this time. So do not waste the fertilizer by giving them in winters.

Soil

The soil should be well-draining soil. No doubt plant likes to grow in moist soil but they do not like wet or soggy soil. If your gardening budget allows you then you can buy specially made potting soil for houseplants. If the low budget is a problem then you can make potting soil at home.

All you need to do is buy perlite and add it to the normal garden soil. The mixture should be 60 % garden soil and 30 % perlite + 10 % sandy soil. Now your homemade potting soil is ready. Use this soil to grow houseplants that need good draining soil.

Flowers on Begonia Maculata: The plant produces beautiful flowers from mid-summer to early autumn. To encourage the bloom, you need to fertilize your plants as mentioned above. If you do not want flowers then just fertilize 2 to 3 times per year.

propagating begonias

Propagation

Cut the healthy stem below the bud, remove all the leaves by leaving a few on the top. For the propagation, winter is the best time because in winter plant does not produce a bloom. Once you have the cutting put it in the glass of water. Place this glass away from direct sunlight. Let the cutting inside the glass until it develops roots. Once you see the roots it’s time to transfer cuttings to the pot.

The soil should be loose and well-draining. Use potting soil for growing plants from cuttings.

Growing problems

The plant is easy to grow and care so it does not get affected by common plant problems. But there are some pests and plant diseases that may affect your plant. If you don’t give proper care to your plants.

Pests & Diseases

While growing houseplants you need to keep eye on them. Pests like aphids, spider mites, mealybugs are common enemies of houseplants. They like to eat and live on the begonia maculata plant. Once you see them treat them immediately. Otherwise, your other houseplants will get affected by them.

Use a neem oil spray to kill them and also to prevent them in the future.

If your plant is healthy you can still use spray neem oil for the safety of your plant.

Powdery mildew and root rot are the two common diseases that affect the begonias plants. Both the diseases are the result of wrong watering. Excess watering results in root rot and powdery mildew is triggered by misting water on the foliage.

Toxicity

Polka dot plants are not toxic to anybody. They are no toxic plants but they may cause irritation and vomiting. So, it is best to keep the children away from them. Don’t worry about the pets they are smarter than us. Nature gives them a strong nose to know what is good or bad for them.

How to Choose Best soil for Your Houseplants

How to Choose Best soil for Your Houseplants

It does not matter you grow plants indoors or outdoors. The quality of soil and fertilizers is crucial to plant health. For healthy perfect plants, you need to use the best soil for plants. It should have good drainage properties, free of diseases, loosely packed.

Give clean freshwater and good quality nutrients to grow healthy plants in best plant soil.

Selection of the Right soil keeps the production cost low and gives you fresh herbs and vegetables at a lower cost than the supermarket.

Choosing soil for your indoor garden is a tuff job. It seems easy to just grab any soil from the garden store and use it in your plant pots and containers.

But in reality, you need to consider many things while choosing soil for your indoor plants.

In this article, you will learn 3 methods of choosing the best soil for your indoor garden.

Methods no.1: Consider Your Plant Needs

Identify your plant needs

The first step in choosing the best soil for plants is to identify the requirements of your plants. You can go online and search for the plants’ needs or read the plant growing book or ask while buying any plant from the local nursery.

This way you will know about the specific needs of your plant and further you can use the information to choose the best soil for plants.

Try to know about the following things.

The amount of humidity that your plants like to grow in. For example, plants that are native to deserts like cactus needs sandy potting soil with excellent drainage properties. Whereas plants native to tropical rain forests want moist soil for 365 days.

Secondly consider the pH level of the plant soil because different species of plants need different pH levels. For example, rain forest plants need more alkaline soil and others like acidic soil like African Violet 5.0 to 6.0 pH.

When you grow native plants, you can easily find the best soil for them. All you need to do is search online or ask the nursery attendant about the Optimum soil and pH requirements of the plant.

For native plants, you can use your normal garden soil, or for best growth mix some compost or manure in it.

Organic or Non-Organic Soil

By nonorganic soil, I mean the conventional potting soil. You need to understand the difference between organic and conventional soil. organic soil is made of organic materials whereas conventional soil has some traces of organic material.

Organic potting soil is best for the environment and you get organic vegetables when you use organic soil to grow. It has many organic bacteria in it so it is perfect for outdoor gardening but it is not suitable for indoor gardening. Because the bacteria in it release an unpleasing smell when they break down the fertilizers. This increases the chances of root rot and the formation of mold. The microorganisms in it are perfect to increase the fertility of outdoor garden soil.

Nonorganic soil contains nutrients and fertilizers that are made by humans as well as peat, manure, and some other good potting soil ingredients. This does not produce any smell and has excellent water drainage capabilities. Nutrients that are used to mix in non-organic soil are called synthetic nutrients.

Method No.2: Soil Weight

Lighter Potting Soil

Lightweight or loosely packed soil is best for hanging plants. It is also good for such plants that do not want direct sunlight. In simple words you should use lightweight soil for plants can be grown in indirect bright light.

For example Tropical rain forest plants

Heavy soil can spoil your hard work in a few days because this type of soil holds the water and nutrients for a long time. This increases the humidity level of the soil. the plants that do not like to live in high humid conditions start dying slowly.

Medium weight soil

Medium weight soil is always good for indoor gardening. Plants that required a good amount of light for a couple of hours per day, like to thrive in medium packed soil. This type of soil is best for plants because it holds a good amount of water and nutrients. Also has good draining properties to save plant form excess water. Medium weight soil absorbs the nutrients and holds them inside it to supply them to plant roots continuously.

Also, medium weight soil holds the plant firmly so that it can stand straight in pots.

Heavy or closely bound soil

Do not use this type of soil for any plant to grow because it is not the best soil for plants. Tightly packed soil retains the water and nutrient in high amounts. This does not allow excess water to drain quickly. This creates deadly conditions for plants and your plant will die in less than 4 days.

Tightly packed soil does not have air pockets which reduces the fresh airflow to plant roots. Also, the soil does not give room to plant roots to grow full size. Plants grow in such soil become stressed and at last, they die.

Method No.3: Fertilizer and Soil

Pre-fertilized soil

This type of soil is best to grow plants without experience. Because new growers do not have knowledge about fertilizing house plants. They often think that supplying a high amount of nutrients triggers health and faster growth.

But this not true at all. Excess nutrients can burn your plant; your plants will develop yellow leaves.

If you are new to gardening buy pre-fertilized soil. This soil has everything and you do not need to give fertilizers to your plants for the rest of plant life.

The best place to buy pre-fertilized soil is Amazon. In your local store, you will the soil at a higher cost. Because they make the soil at their place and this costs them many pounds.

Whereas the big manufacturer of gardening fertilizers and tools makes soil on a large scale. This keeps the production cost low and you get high-quality products at a low cost.

Check the following while buying Fertilized soil

You will see three numbers written in the soil bags like 20-10-10. This indicates the percentage of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and potassium in the soil. Remember you need to choose a high amount of nitrogen because this is the essential nutrient that your plants need to develop green leaves and stems. 

Some fertilizers have trace elements like copper, zinc, magnesium, etc. The best fertilizer always has both micro and macronutrients.

How to grow UK’s Best Aloe Vera at Home in Containers

How to grow UK’s Best Aloe Vera at Home in Containers

Aloe Vera plant has many health and skin benefits. It is a well-known plant over the globe and if you want to grow aloe vera at home then you should know the following things before planting aloe vera.

This post is about growing aloe vera at home in easy way.

How to grow an Aloe Vera plant with no growing experience?

You need to take care of 7 things to grow Aloe Vera at home and these are

Light, Temperature, Water, Fertilizer, Container, Soil, and pest control.

Let’s look into all points

LIGHT

Every plant needs light to do photosynthesis. This is a process by which they make their food from light energy. Where other plants required direct sunlight. The good news is Aloe Vera plant does not need direct light. This means you don’t need to put in the direct sunlight also don’t have to buy a grow light for the Aloe Vera plant.

Just grow it in a pot and place it outside in indirect sunlight and in cold weather bring it inside. Your normal home lights are enough for the plant to full fil its light requirements.

Direct bright light can burn the Aloe Vera plant. Therefore, try to place it in the shade especially if you are going to place the aloe] vera pot outside.

Temperature

 Temperature is crucial for every plant that you grow at home. The advantage of indoor gardening is you can grow any plant at any time of the year. Because the indoor grow equipment gives you full control over the light and temperature. In grow tents, you can create summer-like conditions in winters.

But for Aloe Vera, you don’t need to buy a grow tent. It can survive without any problem in temperatures between 10 to 30 degrees Celsius. We have temperature inside our home about 18 to 26 degrees (excellent for Aloe Vera plant).

Watering Aloe Vera plants

Aloe Vera plant has Aloe Vera gel in it and the plant uses water to make this gel which means it needs a good amount of water. The interesting part is it needs more water but not frequent water.

In simple words, you need to give sufficient water to Aloe Vera at once and then give the same amount of water next week on the same day.

Before watering Aloe vera it is best to check the soil conditions. If the upper two inches of soil feel dry. Then you need to water the Aloe vera immediately. If the soil feels moist wait until it gets semi-dry.

Fertilizers for growing Aloe vera at home

Use high-quality potting soil to give all necessary nutrients to the plant and you don’t have to give it any extra nutrients to grow. Some growers give a little boost of nitrogen to speed up the growth but it is not necessary. Good pre-fertilized soil can take care of everything that Aloe Vera needs (Nutrients).

Aloe Vera Container

You can use any container to grow Aloe Vera at home. In fact, you can make your own container by using useless plastic buckets. Just make a half-inch hole at the bottom and your home-made container is ready.

While choosing a container make sure it is good for air circulation. Professional gardeners recommend using clay pots for growing plants because they have tiny pores in them. The air circulates around the roots through these pores.

Plastic containers don’t allow air to enter and plant only receive fresh air from the top. But this is not a problem in the case of the Aloe Vera plant. Plastic containers are good for growing Aloe Vera at home.

For the best affordable solution, you can use Grow Bag to grow aloe vera plants at your home.

Best Soil to Grow Aloe Vera at home

If you use garden soil you need to give it a heat treatment to kill the bacteria before bringing it inside your home. Or your plan is to grow it outside according to the season you can use garden soil freely. In my opinion for indoor Aloe Vera plants, Potting mix is good to be used. You need to give nutrients separately if you use potting mix.

Potting soil has all the nutrients for the plant but potting mix do not contain any amount of nutrients.

Pests and diseases

Generally, the plant does not get infected by any disease unless you overwater the plant. This develops the root rot conditions along with other fungus diseases. Overwatering also attracts Mealybugs and other pests.

Root rooting, Soft roots, Fungal Steam are all result of excess watering. Avoid excess watering and your plant will not get any disease.

What are the main benefits of Indoor Aloe Vera?

Heal burns and bites

Improve skin condition

Improve digestion

Good for Detoxification

Purify air

Heal burns and bits

Aloe Vera gel has healing properties and they come from the Ascorbic acid, zinc, and Polysaccharides found in the gel.

It can easily Heal the sunburn and heat burn. The Aloe Vera gel gives an instant cool feeling when it is applied to burned skin.

If you have an insect bite apply the fresh Aloe vera gel on it. This will reduce the pain and inflammation.

Improve Skin Condition

Hydration is the key to beautiful, young, and glowing skin. Aloe Vera gel has excellent hydrating properties and this is the reason most of the hydrating creams, moisturizers contain this ingredient. In fact, now you can buy face moisturizers that have pure Aloe Vera gel. 

Some people have allergies to other skin moisturizing ingredients. Their skin became red or they develop red spots when they apply chemical contained skin moisturizers.

Aloe vera gel is the world’s first natural moisturizer that you can use in all seasons. It does not make your skin greasy and oily in summers. In fact, it acts as a protective barrier between your skin and environmental pollutants.

Improve digestion

Aloe Vera juice is available in the market you can buy from the supermarket or you can make it at home by watching a Youtube video. The juice helps to clean your digestive tract this improves the digestion of food and other drinks.

For individuals having problems with bowel movement, Aloe Vera juice is the perfect remedy to keep everything normal in a few days.

Good for Detoxification

Indoor grown Aloe Vera provide you the opportunity to detox your internal systems without consuming costly medicines.  Aloe Vera juice keeps your body and organs free of toxins. If you smoke or drink alcohol add Aloe Vera juice to your diet to recover quickly from the harmful effects of these habits

Air Purification

Not only Aloe Vera but every indoor-grown plant cleans the air in which you and your family breathe. Plants absorb carbon and release fresh oxygen in the air. Humans need fresh oxygen to breathe and to live long.  So, grow some plants at home and get free fresh oxygen for years.

What is Grow Bag Gardening and How to Start?

What is Grow Bag Gardening and How to Start?

Grow bag gardening is the perfect choice if you don’t have enough free space for growing plants. Grow bags or fabric pots make it easy for you to grow at home. Those who are living in apartments do not have a place to set up an outdoor garden.

They can use grow bags for gardening and set up them at any place like balconies or in corners inside their apartment.

Once you finish with growing fruits, salad, and vegetables in your grow bags wash them and store them for future use.

In this post, you’ll learn about grow bag gardening and how to start it.

What are the growing bags?

Grow bags are made up of high-quality fabric and are used to grow plants at home in a small space. Once you fill the grow bag with the right potting soil you can plant the seeds in it. We are using them for vegetable gardening for many years.

Commercial farmers who do not have greenhouse they also use fabric pots to grow different plants and herbs. They move these pots outdoor and indoor according to the weather conditions.

If you want to start container gardening then use fabric pots instead of plastic containers. Because the advantages of grow bags make them more suitable than plastic pots. Later in this post, you will learn about the benefits of gardening in grow bags.

Different types of bags are available for gardening. You can choose round bags, square bags and rectangular grow bags. Moreover, the use of fabric grow bags prevent root rot because these bags allow excess water to drain quickly than plastic pots.

They also allow good airflow that is necessary for the healthy growth of roots.

Container gardening and grow bag gardening

Because in plastic containers roots react differently due to the lack of aeration. Plastic containers are sealed containers with just one hole at the bottom. Roots in plastic pots grow excessively in round shape along the walls of pots in search of fresh air. The excess part of roots starts getting die and this affects the plant’s health.

The use of clay pots instead of plastic pots is a better choice. Clay pots have tiny holes and roots receive air through them.

In the case of grow bags, the extra oxygen nourishes the roots with fresh air, this encourages plants to produce new roots. This prevents the roots from drying and keeps them in good shape. This is the reason vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, spring onions, potatoes, and herbs can be successfully grown in fabric pots.

This means you can grow most of the vegetables on your balcony and if you have grow light you can also grow in corners of your apartment. In the UK most of the apartment growers have a balcony garden with indoor grow tents.

Grow tents help you to grow many fruits and vegetables at any time of the year. Because you have full control over the growing conditions when you use grow tents.

What are the benefits of grow bad gardening?

The benefits of Grow bag gardening are unlimited for those with limited space. Those living in an upstairs apartment can use these bags to grow inside their apartment or they can move these bags outside on the balcony when they need to do so. Or just put them on the floor and grow strawberries and herbs for your good health.

Pest free gardening is another benefit of growing in bags. Because in grow bags we use potting mix this is not garden soil. It is better than the normal garden soil and is safe to use for gardening.

Garden soil is more exposed to insects but the potting mix does not contain soil. So, there is no chance that mites, mealybugs, and other pests attack your plants.

The insects cannot penetrate underneath the bag if you don’t put soil in your bag. The only way insects can attack your plant is from the top. If you don’t have insects at your home I mean if your living space is neat and clean than your plants will be safe

Portability is another factor that makes them more desirable than others. It is easy to move a fabric grow than a clay pot or plastic pot filled with heavy soil.

Reuse them by washing them with warm water.

You can grow multiple types of vegetables in one bag turn by turn.

Take out the potting mix wash them and store them if not in use.

One bag can be used for 4 to 6 seasons.

Cheap in price than other pots and containers.

How to use Grow bags?

The very first thing you need to decide is which plant you want to grow in a fabric grow bag. The size of the bag depends upon the size of the plant being grown.

Remember the grow bags made with fabric material needs more water than plastic. Because grow bags allow more air to enter to roots area that evaporates the water quickly. If you can give water to your plants frequently then fabric pots are best for you. If you are an office employee and don’t have enough time to water plants regularly. Then you can use self-watering planters.

2-gallon bags are perfect to grow plants with a diameter of 8 inches and a height of 10 inches.

5 to 10-gallon bags are good to grow potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, etc.

While choosing to grow bags make sure you choose the correct size of the bag. It is not worth to grow small size plants in big grow bags. Because you need to put more potting mix in your big bag and give more fertilizers this will increase the overall production cost. If you have a big grow bag grow big plants or many small plants at once.

The best soil for growing in Fabric bags?

For new growers the use of premixed potting soil or potting mix is perfect. If you have knowledge of potting soil you can make it at home at a low cost.

One-third of peat moss, compost, and vermiculite is the better choice. This mixture retains the water for a long time and reduces the frequent need for water.

While filling the bag with growing medium leave the upper two inches of grow bag. Do not fill it to the top edge.

Now lift the bag, shake it so that the soil sits evenly, and then use your hand to gently loosen the soil.

Keep in mind that your bag has to have a drain hole at the bottom. Many of the high-quality grow bags comes with a pre drainage hole. But if yours don’t have it, make it by using scissors, a half-inch hole is enough (just one hole).

How to decorate grow bags so they look good?

Bu using the below trick you can decorate your grow bags and they will look stylish in your house.

Frames:

Buy two to three tiers frames to put grow bags in them. This way they look stylish, beautiful and you can get more at one spot. This means you can grow more in the same space with a little height. Grow bags do not carry more space than 27 inches. You can add two bags in the lower frame and two more in the upper frame.

Planter tub:

You can use a planter tub to place them safely. You can choose a planter tub made of steel and plastic. This saves your carpets from water drainage. The water that drains out of the grow bag collects in the planter tub. Then you can move the planter tub to drain the excess water in the sink.

Pros and cons of Using Grow bags for gardening

Everything has some good and some negative points. Let’s discuss the Pros of Grow bags first

Grow bags have handles and they are easy to move from one place to other

They do not crack in different temperatures and are more durable than plastic ones.

You can easily grow food in limited space

Great for renters who want to start a garden in a rented place. 

Excellent drainage and aeration abilities

Fabric grow pots are Reusable grow pots

CONS

Your pets can chew your grow bag

People complain about the handles of bags, they fall off easily but a good brand has durable grow bags. Read online reviews before buying them

More water is required than plastic pots due to good aeration

I hope you like the Grow bag gardening post and now it is easy for you to grow in small grow areas. Please leave us a comment on what you like about it.