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Gloxinia is a herbaceous, perennial, tuberose plant. It is appreciated as a decorative houseplant because of the beauty of its velvety, bell-shaped flowers which come in various colours depending on the species and the variety. Blooming occurs from May to August and it produces numerous violet or purple flowers which are 5-10cm. In order to bloom, gloxinia needs at least 12-14 hours of light per day; it 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 soil and placed in a cool, dry place in the dark, where they will remain until the following March, when they will be repotted. . The ideal storage temperature is 10-12 ° C.
Dahlia is a plant originally from Mexico and widespread throughout Europe thanks to the extraordinary beauty of its flower. It is a bulb plant and it has large, deep-green leaves. Dahlias come in a multitude of shades spanning from white and yellow to pink and purple, and they have represented since Aztec culture femininity and kindness, and are therefore an elegant gift idea for women.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant originating from Asia. It produces a basal rosette with big, green, curved, with wavy edges, rigid and compact leaves. These Primulas are very used as houseplants, especially during the winter; they are often used as annual plants, sometimes in the shaded flowerbeds as well. The blooming is very prolonged, especially if the withered flowers are removed.
The common name calla refers to certain species of rhizomatous plants hailing from Africa. The callas are rather common as potted plants and it is possible to have the same rhizome blooming several times, with an increasing quality year after 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 definitive rule when it comes to watering the callas, as the outdoor or home climate has a great influence on the needs of the plants. However, it is necessary in any case to interrupt the watering as soon as the foliage begins, which marks the beginning of the period of vegetative rest.
More than a thousand species belongs to the family Begoniaceae, and they all originate from tropical and subtropical areas. The ideal cultivation temperature is around 15° throughout the year; these plants thrive in intense light but should not be put in direct sunlight. During the winter they should be kept in a cool environment, in which temperatures should not drop below 13° C. Begonias should be watered quite often depending on external temperatures; however, it is best to let the topsoil dry out before watering it again. In particular, during winter watering should be drastically reduced.
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.