When it comes to winter gardening, few things are more rewarding or difficult than ice plants. In this short article, I will try to make the process as painless as possible. This article is aimed at beginners who have just bought their first plant and need a little bit of a guide to help them get it off to a flying start. Let's begin!
You first need to make sure that the temperature is at the freezing point. This can be accomplished by a simple test - if you've bought a hydroponics plant, test the water to see if it freezes. If it does, that's great. You now need to get the plant into the right position.
There are several different ways to position your ice plant, but one of the easiest is simply to use a pair of long, narrow garden shears. Simply take one pair and gently cut across the middle of the plant, making sure not to cut the root system. You should see a clear line where the two shears meet.
Now it's time to drain the water out of the plant. You do this by gently flushing the bottom of the plant away from the roots and then allowing the water to run out. Do not fill the pot or any of the internal holes with water, as this will cause the plant to freeze and crack. Continue doing this until all of the water has been removed.
Next, we need to prune the rest of the leaves and let the new growth appear. Cut the topmost leaves off (the ones on the bottom). It may be necessary to remove some of the lower foliage as well. Once the uppermost leaf is gone, it is time to prune again. Remove any excess buds and leaves.
Finally, it is time to expose your newly watered ice plant to the air. Sit in front of a fan or open windowsill and expose it to the air for about an hour. This is important because the high humidity helps to hasten the process of frozen growth. After the allotted time you can report it.
Make sure you are keeping the temperature at about seventy degrees, if possible. If you do not have access to a sunny place, you may use a partial shade. Never leave the plant without the proper leaves, even for a short period of time. You also need to check frequently for moisture and make sure it does not dry out.
If you take care of your plant during the summer season, you should find that it grows better than its counterparts in the winter. Its ability to survive the summer heat, combined with its natural sugars makes it worth its weight in gold. However, don't expect it to do miracles. The best way to get the most out of your ice plant is to take good care of it.
In addition to regular watering, you will need to feed it every two weeks during the summer. Make sure you are using balanced plant food, as opposed to fruit and vegetable-based ones. You should never overfeed your Ice Plants, as this causes them to become fat and unhealthy. This can lead to the plant dying.
You may notice your Ice Plant looking sickly. This is because it is not getting enough water. The best thing to do is to report the plant every year. Repotting in the winter months will help ensure that the water stays within the leaves and stems. It will also help you avoid having to do a whole host of other water tasks in the winter months. Watering regularly will also help keep the leaves from drying out too much.
When you report your Ice Plants in the winter season, it is best to do it before the first frost. It will not take long for your Ice Plant to recover and be ready to try again in the spring. In the winter season, you may find that some varieties of your plant are dead. You can easily remove this by removing the leaf or stem of the plant.
Remember, if you do not get the correct temperature during the winter, your plant can possibly freeze. This is a very dangerous situation and you could cause damage to your home. If your Ice Plant cannot be moved indoors during the winter months, make sure you bring it outside to the weather at least once a year. In the spring, it will grow back beautifully.