Soil condition is the primary cause that determines the growth of flower plants in your Home & Garden. The soil type, fertility, and quality can also determine which types of flower plants you can have in your garden. The soil in your garden can have elements of silt, sand, chalk, clay, peat, or other elements. It can be acidic, alkaline, or normal, which depends on the ph value. Water retention and draining properties can also contribute to the selection of flower plant species. Watering and fertilizing can determine the quality of flowers and the longevity of the plants.
Soil Testing At Home
You can do a soil test of your garden by using the simplest things available in your home. You may use an indicator bought from the stores. Or you may choose the vinegar and baking soda test. The soil indicator will change its color once you heat it after adding the soil. If the color darkens, you can consider the soil to be acidic. If the color lightens, you can consider the soil to be alkaline. If there are no changes, you can consider the soil to be neutral.
You have to collect the soil from different locations of your garden because there could be variations. Mark the location of soil collection on the test-tube and record the color changes in a notepad. It will help you to choose the right kind of flowering plants for different locations.
Alternately, you can use the vinegar test for the alkaline condition and baking soda for the acidic condition. You can take a small spoon of the soil and add it to the test-tube with vinegar. If it forms foams, you can consider it to be alkaline. Foaming with baking soda is considered to be acidic. No reaction to both the elements is considered to be neutral soil.
Flower Plant Planning
Planning the flower plants for your Home & Garden can be for bonsai plants within your home or the standard plants in the garden. You may opt to get the help of Landscaping Ipswich in case you need an expert craftmanship.
Marigold is s beautiful flower which you can grow within a pot in your home or a flower bed in the garden. The plant can grow from the seeds or from the part of its stem. The depth of soil in the pot should be at least six inches to ten inches. The diameter of the plant should be at least seven to eight inches.
For the flower beds in the garden, the minimum length should be six to eight feet and the width should be five to six feet. Here, you can plant a minimum of ten standard size marigold flowering plants.
Similarly, you can plan for the planting of other winter flowers like a pansy, Alyssum, jasmine, fire-cracker flower, and others.
Light, Fertilizing and Water
Most of the winter gardening flowers can grow in moderate to poor light conditions also. It is a good practice to plant the saplings away from the shade of trees, so they get maximum light during winter. Drip water irrigation mixed with organic fertilizers can increase the speed of growing and flowering.