Plant Pets Essay

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Fireweed (Fall)
Fireweed, also known as rosebay willowherb and narrow-leaf fireweed, is a perennial wildflower that grows in many areas of the United States. The plant can reach a height of 5 feet and produces small pinkish-purple flowers. As long as you live in a climate with adequate moisture, you can grow this plant by planting the seeds directly in the ground. Fireweed can become dormant during hot summer weather. The plant will require some care to promote health and growth. 1.) Select an area with full to partial sunlight. Ideal locations include areas near drainage ditches or near bodies of water in full sunlight. These areas will be high in humidity, which is ideal for fireweed. Make sure the soil is moist to slightly soggy.
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* Fireweed will usually not bloom until the second season.

Watsonia (Fall)

Growing Watsonia is easy enough. The garden plant Watsonia will thrive in well-drained soil where there is full sun exposure.
Prepare a bed in fall by adding a generous amount of compost and working it in to a depth of 6 inches. Bury corms 4 or 5 inches deep, spaced 12 inches apart. Cover them with the amended soil and tamp down lightly. In zones below USDA 8, start corms in a peat and potting soil mixture in a moderately lit room, where temperatures exceed 60 F. (16 C.).
Watsonia bulbs, or corms, will rot in soils that don’t drain well. Ensure adequate drainage in any location where you want these spectacular blooms to grow. The proper care of Watsonia will reward you season after season with a little effort. While corms can rot in sodden soils, they do require supplemental water during the growing season. Keep soil moderately moist. * Cut the spent blooms off at the end of the season but leave the green leaves to continue to gather solar energy to fuel the next season’s flowers. * Fertilize in very early spring with a good bulb fertilizer. Be cautious in warmer zones, as the plant can become invasive in much the same way Crocosmia can spread and invade other plants. * In cool zones, cover the dormant clumps with a heavy layer of mulch and then pull it away in spring as soon as the first green leaves break the soil. * These beauties are so glorious it is tempting

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