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Interview with a biologist about the secrets of flower care and what plants can tell about their owners

Fifteen to twenty years ago, completely different people could have absolutely identical furniture, the same household appliances, the same houseplants. Now instead of violets and geraniums on the windowsills you can see a variety of plants with strange leaves and exotic flowers. However, finding a green handsome man is much easier than providing him with the necessary care. About what can be said about you, looking at your plants, as well as the secrets of the care of flowers correspondent SHE told the biologist-consultant of the floristic center “Greenville” Inna Zhigolkina. 

What can you say about a person by the colors that he grows?

In fact, you can say very much. This, first of all, is reflected in the appearance of the plant. If the plants are poorly maintained, it means that either the owner has no time – he is a business man, or he has something unpleasant in the emotional sphere. It is noticed that people with big ambitions choose large exotic and beautiful flowering plants – in order to surprise the people coming to them. This is part of their self-realization, part of their pride. There are people who plant carnivorous plants, for example, non-pence, sundew that feed on insects, as well as all kinds of exotic cacti, these people have a craving for everything mysterious and mystical. 

There are people who regularly die flowers. What is the reason for this?

These people simply did not find their flower, their plant, to which they would have a quivering attitude. We must find our flower. 

What flowers are the most unpretentious, able to survive under any conditions? 

Such does not exist. Even a cactus needs attention, makes minimal, but demands. If you water it every day, it will naturally die very quickly, because cacti practically do not need watering – in winter once a month, in summer a little more often. But all the same – in order to make the cactus bloom, you just need to make a transplant, feed fertilizer. 

Some people think that shade-tolerant plants are plants that do not need light at all. There are no such plants, because all the processes of photosynthesis occur under one condition – the presence of light.

Therefore, any shade-tolerant plant – no matter how easy it is to care – still needs lighting. Draconic belongs to unpretentious shade-tolerant plants, but this does not mean that it needs to be put in the shade and forgotten about it. Codium is shade-resistant, but if he does not give enough light, he loses his beautiful coloration. In general, the most unpretentious ones are favorite flowers and plants, because caring for them is not a burden, but an activity that gives pleasure. 

If we talk about the sides of the world, where are the best plants to plant?

Do not place plants near the battery and drafts. In the open sun, about 80% of plants can not stand. This is borne only by succulents and cacti, since their natural habitat is desert and semi-desert areas. If the windows are on the west or east side, you can put almost any plant. If there is a plant on the southern window, then at noon it must be shaded from direct sunlight, so that there is no burn, and in no case should it be watered at the time when the sun shines directly on the plant. If you spray it or pour it – there will be a burn. 

Roses, azaleas are considered to be very moody colors, from which beginners should better stay away?

Never need to be afraid of difficulties and deny yourself pleasure only because you do not know something. If you do not know how to care for a flower, you can always get advice from a specialist where you buy a plant. Care for the rose and azalea is not more difficult than for other plants. All you need is a desire to admire the colors and advice of a specialist. 

Is it true that the flowers react to the mood of their owners, wither at their illness or is this wild fantasy of the flower growers? 

This is not a wild fantasy of flower growers, but a scientifically proven fact. Plants can feel the mood of their owners. 

Probably, you yourself have often noticed – go on vacation, leave your green pets at home, someone comes, water. Come – the plants are in a deplorable state.

Or even more interesting, the owner has some kind of grief – and the plant dies. It is considered, for example, that violets, orchids help to bring a person out of depression, bonsai conjures thoughts about spiritual and eternal, cactus “extinguishes” spiritual fires, anger, calla removes negative emotions. What is it? A person’s desire to have magical assistants in his life or for years accumulated observations and experience? Or maybe both, together … 

It happens that the plant suddenly ceases to bloom. In each case, its reason? 

Yes, everyone has his own reason. The plant can cease to bloom from any stress. For example, gardenia. If it bloomed in you, and you suddenly decided to rearrange it to another place, the plant can discard the buds. Stress for a plant is a sudden change in temperature, a draft, a shift, or, in general, a move from one place to another.

The advice here can only be one: if the plant collects buds or already blooms, leave it alone. 

What should I do when I come home from a flower shop? Immediately replant?

The most common mistake when bringing a plant and starting to transplant into a substrate, immediately watered and fertilized. The plant is overfed with organic, mineral fertilizers, and it perishes. But the first thing to do is preventive treatment with an insecticide. Then the plant needs to be given a period of adaptation – from two weeks to a month. Flowering plants can not be transplanted, because this too is a stress factor, due to which the plant will lose flowers. After the plant has faded or the adaptation period has passed (if it is not flowering), it can be transplanted. Watering during transplantation is recommended in two to three days, depending on the humidity in the room. Be sure to look closely at which substrate you are buying – for example, azalea needs an acidic environment. If, in an acidic environment, plant, for example, a cactus,

What plants do you have at home? 

I only have five plants – spathiphyllum, stromant, tolstyanka, ivy wax and kalateia. But I love them very much. 

What is the secret of the success of the florist? 

Often, it is not so much the regular watering and the correct location, how much the atmosphere itself and how you feel about leaving. It is important to have the desire to engage in this business, not to despair of negative experience, to have patience and in general to love life in all its manifestations. 

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