Transplanting Giant Bird Of Paradise Plants
Bird of paradise (Plantarum polyphemus) is one of the most popular plants in tropical gardens. Its large size makes it ideal for use as a houseplants or hanging baskets.
However, its small seeds make them unsuitable for planting indoors unless they have been specially bred for indoor cultivation. They do not produce any fruit and are thus unsuitable for eating either. Their leaves are used in making medicine, such as for treating malaria.
The bird of paradise plant is native to South America and grows up to 12 feet tall. Its flowers are white with yellow spots and last for three weeks.
The fruit, which contains seeds, is edible when ripe but otherwise tasteless. When the tree is cut down the seeds fall into water where they germinate and begin growing again within a few days.
In the wild birds of paradise live in trees and bushes. They nest in cavities in the bark of these trees.
If you wish to transplant a bird of paradise plant, you will need to remove all branches from around the cavity so that it can be transplanted easily. You may also want to dig out some soil around the cavity so that it doesn’t rot during transport. If the tree is too large to be dug up, you will need to cut it down. You should only do this during the dry season (winter), when the rainfall is low. Be careful not to damage any of the roots when cutting down the tree.
You can plant the bird of paradise in a hole that is at least as deep as its original height and 1.5 times as wide.
You can then back fill with soil and lightly tamp it down before watering. Alternatively, you can grow it in a container, such as a large pot. Transplanting bird of paradise plants can be done any time of the year, though they will need more water during the hot, dry months and may need protection from frost during the winter months.
These plants grow best in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. They need plenty of water so you should make sure the soil is wet before transplanting it and then water it regularly afterward.
You can fertilize the soil with a high-nitrogen fertilizer before planting. You can apply compost or manure around the base of the plant to give it plenty of nutrients.
You can tell if a bird of paradise plant needs water by poking your finger into the soil; if it is dry more than 2 inches down then it needs water. This plant does not do well if its roots are consistently wet, so make sure that excess water drains away properly.
These plants have very large leaves that can be up to 3 feet across. When these leaves die, they tend to flop over and need to be propped up.
You should do this carefully so that you do not damage the plant’s stem.
You can propagate bird of paradise plants by taking cuttings from healthy stems, which can be done any time of the year. They will need rooting hormones and should be planted in a mixture of peat moss and sand.
You should also fertilize them to promote healthy growth.
Prickly pears are very spiny, which makes them unsuitable for eating. They can be used as a natural fence and have beautiful flowers that attract bees.
If you want to eat the fruit, you should pick them when they are still green. You can also let them ripen until they become golden-yellow and soft. The fruit will keep in the fridge for up to a month after harvesting.
Prickly pears need very little care and will grow in hot, dry conditions. They can be grown from seeds or you can transplant the cactuses.
If you plant them from seeds, you should do this during the winter months. The seeds should be sprinkled over the soil and pressed down gently. They should be planted 1 foot apart. You should give them lots of sun and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. In the winter, you should protect them from frost.
Cape plums can be grown from seed, which you can buy online or from a specialty fruit and vegetable store. They are not hard to care for, but they do need a lot of space as they can grow quite large.
They should be planted in soil that has been dug over and mixed with compost. You should plant the seeds 3 feet apart.
Cape plums are a fruit tree, so they will bear fruit in 3 to 5 years. You should trim the trees to keep them from getting too large for their space and also to promote new growth and heavier fruit production.
These trees will need pruning when they are young, then you can let them grow naturally as they mature.
You can expect your tree to start bearing fruit within three years. The tree will be ready to harvest when the fruit comes away from the branch quite easily.
You should pick the fruit when it is fully ripe, as waiting too long can make the fruit fall off the tree before it is ready.
Bromeliads are very easy to grow from seed. They require full sun and well-drained soil.
You can fertilize the soil before planting. They prefer soil that is a bit on the acidic side, so you can add crushed oyster shells or other acidic materials to the soil.
Bromeliads require monthly watering; they do not like their roots to be waterlogged, but they also cannot dry out completely. Let the soil dry out slightly before adding water.
Aloe vera grows well in containers. This plant does not require much attention, but it does need a lot of sun.
It also needs well-drained soil and infrequent watering.
You can grow aloe vera from seed or from a plant that another person has grown. The seeds are very tiny, so you will need to use scales to measure out the correct amount of soil to cover them when planting.
The scales can be found in a craft store or online.
Aloe vera is hardy and can survive with as little as watering every two weeks. You should use a special fertilizer for cactus and succulents, applying it monthly during the growing season.
Arrowhead is a perennial. It grows best in swampy areas and should be planted in mud, not soil.
The leaves of the plant can be eaten, though you should not eat the roots, flowers, or stems.
The best time to harvest arrowhead is in the spring, as the new shoots will be at their most nutritious. You can also harvest leaves in the summer, as long as you leave some for photosynthesis.
The plant will not grow if you harvest all the leaves in a short period of time.
Arrowhead does not require much water or maintenance. You should harvest the leaves as you need them and leave the rest of the plant alone to grow.
Arugula is part of the mustard family and is related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale. It has a spicy flavor and can be eaten raw in salads or cooked in soups and sauces.
Arugula can withstand cold temperatures and grows best in spring or fall. You should harvest the leaves when they are young and do not yet have a spiky appearance.
If you allow the plant to flower, it will go to seed and die.
You should keep the soil around the roots moist but not wet. Arugula does not like its roots to be waterlogged.
Water the plant whenever the soil is dry an inch or two down.
Basil does best in hot, dry areas. It is a tender herb and cannot withstand cold temperatures.
It prefers full sun.
You should harvest basil leaves whenever you need them, so the plant will keep growing, as basil does not like to be harvested and will shut down unless it is left to grow for several weeks without being cut back.
Basil grows best in rich soil that contains plenty of organic material. Add some fertilizer to the soil before you plant.
Chervil is a cool-season herb and should be planted in early spring. It grows best in rich, moist soil and can handle partial shade.
It prefers filtered sun.
Chervil is slow growing and should be harvested carefully to ensure the plant continues to thrive. You should not harvest all the leaves at once; rather, pick the lowest ones and allow the plant to keep growing.
You can trim the top of the plant to encourage bushy growth.
You can harvest chervil two ways: either by cutting off leaves or picking individual stems. Both ways will allow new leaves to grow.
Chives are a bulb plant and grow best in well-drained soil and full sun. They do not like hot weather, however, so they should be planted in spring or fall.
Chives should be harvested as soon as the flowers start to bloom. The plant will grow back quickly, and you can do this several times until the plant refuses to regrow.
Paperwhites are a type of chive that is grown for its flowers rather than its leaves.
Cilantro is a cool-season herb and grows best in spring or fall. It prefers rich soil with plenty of organic material and can handle partial shade.
It has a very strong flavor and should be used sparingly.
Cilantro does not need to be replanted every year. Once you harvest the plant, it will continue to grow back for several years.
It may go to seed eventually, but even then it may still produce new growth in spring.
Cilantro should be harvested by cutting the whole stem rather than picking leaves. This ensures the plant will keep growing.
Dill is a tall, prosperous annual that grows best in spring or fall. It prefers moist soil and can handle some shade.
Unlike other herbs, dill does not grow well from seed and is easier to start when you buy it as a plant instead.
Dill has both a green leaf and a yellow flower variety. Both work the same way in recipes; it just depends on whether you want the flowers to look pretty or the leaves to taste good.
Harvest dill regularly to ensure the plant continues producing. You can do this in several ways.
You can harvest the entire plant when it has produced enough for your purposes, you can pick individual leaves as you need them, or you can pick entire branches.
Lavender grows best in dry soil and full sun, though it will tolerate some shade. It is an evergreen shrub with spikes of purple flowers.
It will grow back well if cut back to a stump, but it also reseeds itself and you can have multiple plants in your garden eventually.
Lavender can be harvested by clipping sprigs as needed, or you can wait until it is right before the flowers bloom and cut it all at once to dry for fragrance and crafts.
Marjoram is a perennial herb that is hardy enough to survive winter, but dies back in cold climates. It grows best in full sun and dry soil, but will tolerate some shade.
Marjoram can be harvested by cutting the stems as needed. It does not have to be replanted every year, but it does reseed itself.
It may start to go to seed after three years, but can produce new growth in spring if conditions are right.
Mint is a hardy perennial that grows best in damp soil and tolerates partial shade very well. It will grow quite tall and requires frequent trimming to keep it in bounds.
Mint is best harvested by clipping the amount you need and replanting the rest. This will ensure that it continues to grow back for years to come.
Oregano is easy to grow from seed and can survive in a wide range of conditions. It is a perennial, but some varieties are hardier than others.
It grows best in dry soil with full sun, but can tolerate some shade.
Oregano is easy to harvest by cutting the stems as needed. It has a strong taste when eaten fresh, but is best used in cooking or drying for long term use.
Parsley is a biennial grown as an annual. It can survive in a wide range of conditions, but prefers full sun and well draining soil.
It does not like its roots to be wet.
Parsley may be harvested by cutting the stems as needed, or cutting the entire plant and roots in late summer or early fall. It is best dried, but can also be frozen or canned.
Rosemary grows best in dry soil that is slightly on the acidic side and full sun to make it thrive. It will grow in other conditions, but does not taste as good when harvested.
Rosemary can be harvested by cutting sprigs as needed. It will grow back slowly over time, but new shoots are often woody and bitter.
It can also be cut to the ground to encourage new growth as well.
Sage grows in many different types of soil and can survive in dry conditions. It prefers some sun, but will tolerate some shade.
Sage is easy to harvest by clipping sprigs as needed or if time allows, you can harvest the entire plant by cutting the stems a few inches above the ground.
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