The importance of climate in gardening

When designing a garden, or buying a plant for a balcony, patio or ground, it is very important to find out if the climate we have is the most suitable for that specific species . Although the climate is not everything in gardening, it is one of the factors that must be taken into account so that the plants can live without too many complications.

If you choose well, you will not only save money, but you will enjoy it much more. Here are some tips so you can have a worry-free garden or patio.

Cercidiphyllum_japonicum

Those of us who have bought some plants that may have difficulties to live in our climate, they ask us for some care that in the event that they were native plants they would not need. For example: spray daily to increase ambient humidity and thus prevent the wind from burning the tips of the leaves, use a specific substrate, add iron sulphate to prevent or combat iron chlorosis, etc. In short, by recommendation it will always be better to acquire native plants, or if we do not like any, look at those that live in climates similar to ours.

Even if they are from other continents, if the climate is similar they usually do not have too many problems when it comes to adapting. In most cases they will only need attention the first year, but once they settle down they will be acclimatized and their maintenance will be lower.

Quercus bicolour

The most common problems that we can find when we buy exotic plants are the following:

  • Yellow leaves, with very marked nerves: lack of nutrients due to a substrate with a high pH (calcareous)
  • Dry or brown leaf tips, fallen leaves in summer: dry, hot wind, or sea wind
  • Little or no growth in certain seasons of the year, or death of the plant: either too cold or too hot

We all like exotic plants, but it is important to know that not all of them can live in our climate.

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