Container plants for beginners by Joachim Mayer; Friedrich Strauss; Renate Holzner

By Joachim Mayer; Friedrich Strauss; Renate Holzner

Discusses the care and cultivation of box vegetation protecting such issues as planting, watering, fertilizing, plant choice, and plant arrangements.

summary: Discusses the care and cultivation of box crops masking such issues as planting, watering, fertilizing, plant choice, and plant preparations

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A tall, cylindrical container can be a problem when a needleholder is required. If the needleholder is placed in the bottom of the container, plant material with very long stems is necessary and placement of material is difficult. Better to fill the container with kitty litter to within three or four inches of the top. Pour a layer of paraffin over the kitty litter to form a solid base and place a cupholder atop it. Some arrangers find that a piece of crushed, one-inch chicken < previous page page_33 next page > < previous page page_34 next page > Page 34 wire inserted into a tall container works just as well.

Mechanics Most containers will require some means, beyond the simple aperture, of holding plant material in the desired position. Mechanics are best described as devices used to control plant material in a container and must be neat, clean, and unobtrusive. From a needleholder to floral foam to chicken wire, each has its own uses, singly and in combination with other devices. Experience and experimentation will allow the designer to begin collecting these various and essential items. It is helpful to have a basket, box, or something similar in which to organize mechanics and keep them handy.

Silica gel is a lightweight, blue-and-white granular substance with a consistency similar to sugar and may be used over and over. As moisture is absorbed from the plant material, the blue color of some granules will fade away and the material takes on a pinkish white color. To restore their ability to absorb moisture, spread the crystals out in a thin layer in a shallow pan and place in a 300° oven to dry. When they have regained their original blue-and-white color, remove them from the oven. Place in a tightly covered container to cool.

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