Planting a Tree Saint John NB
Planting a Tree
Planting your Backyard
The Russians are invading.
That nation’s tough winters and short growing season make for equally hardy flowers and vegetables. Now that the former Soviet Union is open for business, we’re seeing their plants in garden centers here.
Their characteristics have been in demand for a long time. We seek plants hardy enough to survive our often cruel winters. And we like varieties that flower or produce fruits early and continue producing through the killer fall frost, or later.
This is exactly how Russian plants grow. It’s in their DNA.
One of the first Russians to gain international renown is the Siberian tomato, a favorite in Alaska. It zips along, producing fruit in 49 days, compared to 60 to 70 for most others. A big plus: It can set fruits in cold weather, down to 38 degrees.
Another Siberian, the Grushovka, is pinkish and egg-shaped, the Roma tomato of Russia. It’s a canner.
The Siberians are a tradeoff, speed for flavor. The tomatoes are rather
bland. Russian Black Sea tomatoes correct that. They’re top-rated on the flavor scale. Recently introduced, they’re causing quit a stir among chefs, especially in France.
Bryan Rice of Rice’s Nursery has a Russian on his best-seller list, the Siberian cypress shrub. Ask for it by its oddball American name, the Microbiota Fuzzball.
These compact bushes thrive in marginal soil and low sunlight. They resist the dehydrating winter winds and are sturdy enough to survive under heavy snow.
This makes them a good choice for unprotected suburban landscapes. Russian plants flower early and often. Nothing is earlier than Scilla Siberica bulbs. Small flowers in blues and whites are pushed upwards atop 8-inch stalks. Scilla is also known as Siberian squill.
Siberian iris is very hardy and offers blues, golds and whites. New versions are bi- and tricolored. They form a tough clump that spreads each season and adds flowers.
One of my favorites is Perovsia, the Russian sage. It’s a silvery, woody bush that smells like the herb and is covered with brilliant, lavender blue flowers that last until winter. It’s best known as a bright background to perennial beds.
We occasionally see Russian olive here, a thorny bush offering yellow flowers in June and July followed by silvery berries. Olive is like a legume. It creates nitrogen in its roots and needs no fertilizer to thrive.
Olive was introduced here late in the 1800s as a hedge plant. It spread in the wilds and now is considered an invasive plant that drives out other vegetation. For this reason, it’s not recommended for gardeners.
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Right Ways To Plant A Tree
Author: Gen Wright
Whenever you see a tree standing tall and proud, you would definitely think that this tree requires maintenance and so much effort. This is why many people, especially those who are not plant enthusiasts, are thinking twice whether they would plant a tree or not. Aside from that, there are also some people who believe that only those who have "green thumb" have the ability to plant and grow trees. Contrary to what they believe in, trees are actually easy to plant as long as you have the right guidelines. So if you would like to have a tree of your own in your backyard or anywhere, here are the steps on how to properly plant and grow a tree.
First of all, you must select the time or the season when you would plant the tree. The advisable month to do this is during the autumn or during the early spring. The tree would not last long if it is planted during the late spring especially during the summer season. This is because the heat will only stress the immature plant and may eventually lead the plant to die.
Once you have decided when you would plant the tree, try to check with your local state if there is a need for documents or any other requirements before you can be allowed to dig holes. There are some cases that the local departments would not allow you to do so especially if you are near phone lines, cables, and alike.
Afterwards, you may now start preparing the hole. Use an appropriate shovel that would help you dig the hole that is suitable for the tree of your choice. Of course, the size will depend on what kind of plant or how big the plant is. Make the hole larger than the plant so it could fit easily. Moreover, bigger holes would allow the roots to become more comfortable with the new soil that it is in.
It is now time to prepare the plant before transferring it to the hole that you just dig. There are different ways of transferring the plant depending on its size. If you have a small tree, gently turn the plant upside down so you could immediately take it out of its original container. On the other hand, if you have a bigger tree, you need the help of a sharp object like knife or big scissors so that you can cut the rope bag or the net. Do not drop the plant on the hole so that you would prevent the roots from being damaged.
Once the plants are ready, see to it that the hole is no too deep or shallow. Make sure that the ground level of the tree must have the same level like that of the whole area. You must not bury the plant over its crown. Aside from that, you must not also let the roots be exposed at the same time.
Fertilizers are essential in making the plant grow. However, it is not advisable that you put the fertilizer on the hole before you put the plant. It may only burn the roots and kill the plant immediately. After the plant has already been carefully placed at the hole, you may then start putting ample amount of fertilizer. Then water the plant once you think that everything is all set.About the Author:
Owner of MishoBonsai, he has been practicing bonsai for over 10 years. Found a distinct interest in propagation, especially bonsai tree care. Mishobonsai sells tree seeds and provide bonsai tree information for beginner to advanced bonsai enthusiast.