7 gardening questions


7 gardening questions

Plants in the bedroom: do they steal our oxygen?

It is a legend that the plants in the bedrooms are harmful because they take away the O2 and emit CO2. This is false because the consumption of a plant is minimal, a lot more oxygen consumes the couple that can sleep next to it or a pet … Even the imaginary problems should disappear with sleeping with the door or window open.

In hospitals plants and flowers the smell bothers the patient, in addition, they carry pathogens that can affect the patient. It is enough to bring a few flowers, three roses or gerberas.


Air conditioning water: is it used to water the plants?

The water dripping from the air conditioner is good for watering plants.

When distilled it is purer, more or less like rain, without salts, without lime or chlorine, and with slightly acidic pH.

For carnivores, it is optimal, since they can not stand the water of the tap for the lime. Very good for acidophilic (hydrangea, gardenia, azalea, heather, fuchsia, camellia, etc.) and in general is better than the tap.


Vinegar: is it used to acidify hard water?

A few drops of vinegar in the shower is good for acidophilic plants, acidifies the water, but it is cheaper to use citric acid and as this is a purely pure substance, the dose is controlled very well so as not to acidify the water excessively or fall short.

It is recommended to use citric acid for containerized plants and iron sulfate for plants in the soil. The citric acid is applied to each irrigation and the iron sulfate in a monthly irrigation.


Irrigation in absence: how to keep the plants 1 month alone?

A drip irrigation can be mounted using a 25 or 50 liter drum, an aquarium pump, a non-return valve after the pump (so that when you stop ejecting water do not siphon) and a digital irrigation programmer that will 2 or 3 times a day open to drip the drippers 1 or 2 minutes to each pot.


They also sell drip irrigation kits with everything already assembled.


Balls or species of eggs in the soil of the pots: what are they?

These balls are not eggs, they are slow-release fertilizer, widely used in nurseries since they only throw it once or twice a year and labor are saved in several subscribers. The fact that they are viscous inside, loose dust or are empty depends on the state of the fertilizer.

It could also be balls of poliexpán (white cork) or perlite (a substrate).

The eggs of snail or slug are grouped forming packages of up to 50 viscous eggs and are tiny.


Mold or white crust on the surface of the soil of the pot: is it bad?

It can be mold due to excess irrigation or moisture, or an accumulation of water salts with lime (for example, tap water) or fertilizers.

Improve the lack of ventilation, remove the surface of the soil from time to time by aerating the substrate and watering less. Watering “down”, with the method of the dish (put the pot in a container with water to absorb it through the holes below).


Garden without weeds: without using herbicides?

In the plot of fruit trees make a selection of natural cover: at first removing with the hoe the spicy herbs and root chard (they end up leaving) and leaving only those grasses and similar more aesthetic. Finally, some spontaneous grasses can be installed that cut or cleared will not produce seeds and look like grass.

At the foot of the plants is put up (plants that start, small or pruned remnants of pruning or pine bark), in this way the herbs can not germinate.

Another option is to place an anti-weed mesh and on it gravel or pine bark.

Use cover plants: dimorphotecas, carpobrotus, lamprantus, etc., which besides being very green and blooming, need little water and do not let out weeds.

With hard as a morning glory or grass, try to uproot with the damp soil, much padding and patience, each time will come out less, is weakened to tear