Begonia growing on the windowsill at home

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Begonia flowerBegonia plant (lat. Begonia) belongs to the most famous and the largest genus of the family Begoniaceae. The genus includes about 1,000 species of plants growing in the mountains at an altitude of 9,842 to 13,123 feet above sea level, in tropical rain forests and subtropical areas. Most of the species of begonias can be found in South America. Begonias also grow in the Himalayas, the mountains of India, Sri Lanka, the Malay Archipelago and in West Africa. Moreover, Africa is considered to be a home for begonias from which they spread to Asia and America. Even today more than a third of all species of the genus grow in Africa.

Begonia was discovered and described by monk Charles Plumier, who participated in the expedition to the Antilles to collect plants in the XVII century. He found six species of begonias and named them in honor of his friend Michel Begon, the governor of the island of Haiti. Today begonia flower is one of the most popular plants in the garden, as well as in indoor horticulture. In this article, we will tell you how to care for begonias at home, how to plant begonias, what care conditions for begonias are, how begonia is propagated at home, and give you much more important and interesting information about these beautiful plants.

Myrtle – care at home

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Myrtle flowerMyrtle plant (lat. Myrtus) belongs to the genus of evergreen woody plants of Myrtaceae family the flowers of which contain essential oil. Myrtle natural habitats are the Mediterranean, the Azores and the north of the African continent. It is not coincidence that the plant’s name sounds practically the same as the Greek word "myrrh" meaning "balm, liquid incense", because myrtle essential oil has long been used as cult attribute in the temples of various concessions. The legend has it that expelled from Eden Adam brought a myrtle flower to the Earth as the memory of a lost paradise. In different cultures this plant is connected with a lot of myths, beliefs, traditions, rituals, and signs. Myrtle tree has long been considered as a symbol of glory, peace and hope. Our ancestors used myrtle flowers not only for religious but also for medical and cosmetic purposes, some myrtle products are still popular today. But for plant lovers blooming and fragrant myrtle is the subject of admiration and a source of aesthetic pleasure. Moreover houseplant myrtle is an undemanding plant, and the one who knows how to care for Myrtle will easily achieve optimum shape of the plant that will decorate your home and help you save your health.

Gardenia – care, reproduction, transplantation

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Home gardeniaGardenia is a genus of the family Rubiaceae from the tropics, named after the American physician and naturalist Alexander Garden. In room conditions gardenia flowers do not take up much space, but in its natural habitat, and it grows in East and South-East Asia and South Africa, gardenia plants can be up to 2 m (7 ft) high. Gardenia jasminoides is the most popular species for home; it’s also called cape jessamine or cape jasmine and was firstly brought to England in 1760. Florists grow it not only for its beautiful white wax-like and subtlety smelling of jasmine flowers, but also for its shiny leaves of rich dark green color, that are a worthy decoration of gardenia even when it is not in bloom.