Indoor plants serve more than one purpose! Beside complementing our home decor and enhancing home’s aesthetic value, they deliver fragrant aromas. These fragrant plants replace chemical-containing air fresheners by cleaning the indoor air naturally. With their lush green foliage and scented aroma, they enliven our homes which can thereby reduce stress levels we people are dealing with. If you are looking forward to grow some fragrant houseplants at your place, try including one from the list given below:
Gardenia: Gardenia is one of the best indoor plants that are known for their fragrance. This lovely house plant has dark green glossy leaves and white flowers which produce a heavy aromatic scent. There are more than 150 species of this houseplant out of which some are easy to plant while some are tricky to grow. This is because most of them require bright light and high humidity. So, choose the specie that requires less care and maintenance. Some of the requirements of gardenia plant are nighttime temperature of 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit and acidic soil (to change acidity or alkalinity of your soil use Olivia’s pH adjusters), etc.
Jasmine: This is also one of the elegant house plants which are grown to impart aroma. With its thick green leaves and white flowers delivering sweet and delicate aroma, the plant is even compared to fresh linens. Jasmine flowers come in many varieties out of which Arabian and Star jasmine is commonly grown. Most of the plant species generally need full light, high humidity and warm temperatures to bloom. A windowsill is a perfect place to grow a jasmine plant.
Geranium: Scented geranium is also a well-known option when it comes to fragrant plants. Brushing its leaves or touching them delivers a burst of aromatic scent. This easy-to-grow plant is available in many forms – mint, rose, chocolate, lemon, orange, pineapple, lavender and more. Geranium plants need full sun, well-draining soil and night temperature ranging between 55-68 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Eucalyptus: Known to emit a refreshing odor, these dark green or purple colored houseplants are also worth growing at your place. Regular watering is the main hurdle that comes in the path of its propagation. This is because these plants absorb water very fast and thus need to be watered frequently. If you want to grow some air-purifying indoor plants, check our link – Improving Quality of Life with Indoor Plants.
Orchid: Orchids are other popular option when fragrant plants are talked about. There are innumerable varieties of this houseplant that can be grown to deliver a decent aroma to surroundings. These plants are region-specific so decide to plant the one that will be apt to grow in your location. Some of the varieties you can decide to plant are Oncidiums, Pansy orchids or the corsage types. Where the Pansy orchids and oncidiums are easy to grow, corsage types are the showiest. All these plants require plenty of sunlight in order to thrive and propagate successfully.
Mint: Mint is not just the best herbal tea plant but also the one that delivers fresh aroma when planted indoors. From many years, this houseplant has been used in perfumery industry to extract oils for perfumes and scent lamps due to its pleasant aroma. The mint plants are also very good for people suffering from lung diseases. Mint plant is very easy to grow and can be planted almost anywhere.
Paperwhites: One of the most popular members of daffodil family – paperwhites can be grown in any season. To plant these easy-to-grow species, you just need a shallow container and some stones or pebbles.
Lavender: Known for its sweet aroma and beautiful purple flowers, lavender plants are also a good option to consider. These plants like to be grown in hotspots and dry climatic conditions. Gardeners just need to water their Lavender plants once in a month. Lavender plants also require extreme lighting to propagate successfully; so decide to plant them in a location receiving adequate light such as windowsills.
Indoor and outdoor plants are highly susceptible to a deadly disease commonly known as blight. No matter which specie you are growing, chances are that most of them will be attacked by it. Well, there is no scientific formula through which growers can completely get rid of this disease but there are certain ways that can help preventing it at the first place.
What is Plant Blight?
Blight is generally a plant infection caused by a pathogenic organism. In other words, it is a broad range of plant diseases that causes browning, yellowing, withering followed by the death of plant tissues. Plants attacked by this disease also show discoloring of stems, fruits and leaves.
The plant blight may first appear as a discolored patch that quickly spreads among the rest of the plant. This is the reason to treat disease-infected plants as soon as possible otherwise it can lead to the death of the whole plant crop.
What are the causes of Plant Blight?
Plant blight is caused by a bacteria or fungus that makes their entry onto the surface of the plant leaf, stem or fruits. Although, the symptoms of both the types of infections – bacterial and fungal are same; it is not difficult to find their exact cause. These pathogens mostly attack the plant species which are receptive to one or more blights, such as apples, potatoes and tomatoes.
Example Of Plant Blight:
Tomato Blight – caused by fungus Genus Alternaria Leaf blight of rice – caused by bacteria Xanthomonas oryzae Late Potato blight – caused by Phytophthora infestans Leaf blight of Southern Corn – caused by fungus Cochliobolus heterostrophus (Drechs) Chestnut Blight – caused by fungus Cryphonectria parasitica (Murrill) Barr
What are the symptoms of Plant Blight?
Symptoms of almost every type of plant blight includes sudden browning, yellowing, spotting, withering or death of fruit, flowers, branches or the entire plant. Also, the irregular dead areas on various parts of a plant that cause it to die prematurely can be ‘blight’.
How Plant Blight can be prevented?
Though plant blight is not possible to completely overcome, there are various preventive measures that are worth taking:
Always use disease free seeds or starters before planting. If you are growing from cuttings, make sure to take your cuttings from a healthy mother plant.
Use organic fertilizers or soil mixes for your plants. It is recommended that you treat your crops with Olivia’s growing solution for their fast and sage propagation.
Closely monitor the plants from time to time; if you find anything suspicious, make sure to cure it.
Provide adequate space and light to your plants in order to make them thrive without any ado.
If you find pests in your garden, quickly eliminate them from that place. This is because those pests can encourage the growth of pathogens that cause blight. To save your garden from those pests, check our link Garden Pest Control and Treatment!
How to Treat Plant Blight?
For treating the plants infected by blight, you can follow certain remedies and they are:
Remove all the affected parts of the plant that are suffering from blight. For that, use a clear shear or pruner to trim the infected leaves, branches, stems, fruits or flowers.
Always disinfect your shears or pruners after every cut you make.
Never compost the infected parts of the plant.
Keep the growing medium such as soil free from debris. Moreover, remove all the garden debris once you have finished with harvesting.
Treat your plants with effective antibiotics or fungicides. If the blight is a result of a bacterial infection, use antibiotics otherwise you need a fungicide.
Foliar feeding is a technique of feeding plants directly through leaves or foliage. Unlike that of root feeding, it is a fast way to provide nutrients, gases and moisture to plant canopy through leaves. The foliar feed can consist of one nutrient element or a combination of various elements which the crops are deficient in.
The technique was invented by Dr. S.H. Wittwer & H.B. Tukey in 1950. The development was carried in the department of agriculture at the Michigan State University.
Why go for Foliar Feeding?
Foliar feeding is undertaken in hydroponic systems to save your crops during water and nutrient deficiencies. If you mix the plant food in half of the nutrient solution, then you can avoid nutrient toxicity and leaf burn.
However, foliar feeding is used as a means to provide essential micro nutrients to the plants that they may not otherwise receive. It is an easy and fast way to give hydroponic plants an extra boost of necessary nutrients. Well, some of the important reasons why hydroponic gardeners choose this technique are:
Sometimes, the plant suffers from root diseases like root rot which prevents it from taking the nutrients. As a result, it will produce smaller yields. In such cases, foliar feed applied on a regular basis can bring those diseases under control.
Generally, in a hydroponic system, pH levels are either too high or low and the balance of nutrients that are fed to the plants isn’t that much optimized. Due to this, the crops inhibit certain nutrient deficiencies. These deficiencies can also be a result of poor rooting medium that doesn’t hold moisture well enough. In such cases, a foliar feed consisting of specific nutrient elements can help in overcoming those deficiencies after its application. To maintain an optimal pH level of your nutrient solution, you can consider adding Olivia’s pH Adjusters ‘Up’ or Olivia’s pH Adjusters ‘Down’.
Climatic conditions sometimes prevent the uptake of essential nutrients by the plant which can cause several nutrient deficiencies. This situation calls for the usage of foliar feeding.
Foliar fertilizing is also accomplished to give the plants some extra nutrients they require to thrive at their best. This is simply done to increase the yield in the most cost-effective way. All it takes is a spray bottle full of an efficient foliar spray!
To amplify the quality of hydroponic crops, many growers use seaweed extracts as a foliar fertilizer. Those additives consist of wide variety of nutrient elements in traces that can enhance the growth of plants.
Many plants go under stress when they are under watered or over watered. Even, if they recover from damage, they are less likely to receive all the essential nutrients because of the lost root mass. It is where foliar feed helps plants in getting sufficient nutrients.
Foliar feeding is also helpful in feeding the plants with the nutrients that don’t translocate i.e. move from one part (of the plant) to another. For example – iron and phosphorous are two examples of such nutrients that need to be fed through foliar spray.
How to Apply Foliar Feed?
The application of foliar fertilizer depends on the size of your hydroponic garden. Foliar feeding is generally done through a hand sprayer or a leaf blower backpack containing the solution. While foliar feeding, make sure that the solution is applied to both sides of the leaves. Moreover, try to apply the fertilizer when the climate is cool because at that time, pores of your plants are widely open and they will receive the solution more effectively.
Things to Consider Before Foliar Feeding:
There are certain factors one need to consider before treating hydroponic plants with foliar feed. They are:
First foremost thing you need to consider is the pH of the foliar spray. For optimum absorption, its pH should be around 5.8 as too acidity or alkalinity will not allow the leaves to absorb those nutrients effectively.
Another thing you have to keep in mind is that the grow room should not be too warm as this will make the foliar spray less effective. This is because those fine mist will tend to evaporate much quickly if the temperature of the grow room is too high.
It is also required to achieve an optimal value of pH of your nutrient solution. The reason here is that a foliar feed does not replaces a nutrient solution even if one is using a good quality spray. So, it is crucial to check the pH balance of your nutrient solution too.
Even your hydroponic plants receive adequate amount of nutrients, they can still be benefited from foliar feeding. Just experiment on a part of your crop before treating the whole plant with foliar fertilizer.
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