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The Dahlia is a plant originating from Mexico and widespread throughout Europe thanks to its extraordinary beauty of its very colored flower heads. It is a bulb plant and it has large and intense green leaves. Dahlia’s flowers, with multiple shades from white to yellow, pink to purple represent (originally in the Aztec culture) the femininity and the kindness of women and are, therefore, indicated to make them a gift.
March, April, May
More than thousand species belong to the family Begoniaceae that originates from tropical and subtropical zones. The ideal cultivation temperature is around 15° throughout the year. This plant like intense light but not direct sun. During the winter temperatures shouldn’t be below 13° C but they still have to be kept in a cool environment. Begonias should be often watered on the basis of the external temperature, taking care, however, to dry superficially the topsoil between one watering and another. During the winter waterings should be drastically reduced and it should be watered just when the topsoil surface is dry.
It is an annual plant belonging to the family Brassicaceae and originating from Europe. It has an erect shape, thick and green/grayish foliage. The sterns hold the beautiful flowers with curled, perfumed and brightly colored petals, collected in spikes. It is a very spread plant in the Uk where it is traditionally used in order to decorate the external cottages’ walls.
It is a perennial shrub belonging to the family Asteraceae and originating from Asia and Africa. The Helichrysum has elongated and light green leaves from which arise the erect stems with the characteristic large daisy flowers with a paper consistency (called, precisely, “Paper flower”), golden yellow or glossy violet. The flowers don’t wither but they dry while keeping intact the shape and aroma and, for this reason, they are considered very decorative.
The common name Calla indicates some species of rhizomatous plants, originating from Africa. The Callas are very common as potted plants. It is possible to have more bloomings from the same rhizome, always better from year to year. They are grown in large pots, with a good rich and soft topsoil, so that the large rhizomes can easily develop a good root system. Unfortunately it is not possible to indicate a strict rule for watering the callas, as the outdoor or home climate has a great influence on the water needs of the plants. To allow the plants the winter vegetative rest, as soon as the foliage begins to turn yellow, it is necessary to interrupt the watering.
It is a herbaceous, perennial and tuberose plant. Flowers have a bell shape,they are velvety with a color that varies according to the species and the variety. Thanks to the beauty of the flowers these plants are used as apartment plants. The blooming from May to August is copious, it produces flowers long up to 5-10 cm of violet or purple color. For blooming they need at least 12-14 hours of light, the plants should be placed in a well-lit position but should not be exposed to direct sunlight. The ambient temperature should not fall below 18 ° C. In autumn, after the blooming, the aerial part begins to dry up, and when this phase is completed the tubers have to be extracted from the ground and placed in a cool, dry place in the dark . The ideal storage temperature is 10-12 ° C, where they will remain until the following March, when they will be repotted.