Find out how long your plants can live

Surely you’ve ever wondered how long is this or that plant? If you live with them at home, it is a very reasonable doubt. Well … your biological cycle will have an important weight in the matter. Some, like annuals (also known as seasonal), live only one year; others will double this time (biannual), while a few chosen ones will be able to do it beyond a thousand years.

The life expectancy of a plant, as in animals, is determined by its species. Just as in the animal kingdom we find from the common fly – which lives just ten days – to the long-lived Galapagos tortoise -with an estimated time of 250 years-, in the field of plants, the differences will also be abysmal. If you want to adjust the plants to your lawn, clicking lawn maintenance Falmouth could help you.

If your plant begins to wither despite your care, it is possible that you pass something overlooked -yes- but do not discard that it has already fulfilled its time of life. To better understand the subject you must know these categories: annual plants, biannual plants and perennial or perennial plants. As you may have guessed, it is a classification according to the duration of its biological cycle.

Annual plants

We go with the annual plants. Those considered annual are all those plants able to develop their complete cycle -from their birth by seed, until their flowering and fruiting- in a single year, when they will die leaving their seeds in the ground. At the arrival of next season the story will be repeated but this time with new copies.

These plants are herbaceous (without woody stems) and very fast growing. Among them are many of the considered weeds (white rabaniza, poppy …), but also some interesting gardening such as calendulas, taguetes, the joys of the house, cinias, sunflowers or dragon mouths.

It should be noted that, in mild climates, plants considered as annuals are able to withstand the winter and offer a new flowering when spring arrives. However, it is usually of lower quality, so it is recommended to replace them every year. Others, actually perennials, will be grown as a seasonal plant in those places that reach low temperatures.

Bi-annual plants

Like the annuals, the biannual plants (also called biennials) comply with their biological cycle in a relatively short period of time, although stretching somewhat more each of their stages. They usually devote the first year to develop and the second to their reproduction, which is when they bloom and bear fruit.

It should be noted that the biannual plants are less numerous than the annual ones. To make matters worse, some – like thought – are partly conditioned by the weather: in warm places they would behave like perennials. Others, this time within the agricultural framework, -considering carrots, celery, spinach, cabbage or parsley- are grown as annuals by taking advantage of only their roots or leaves and suppose their flowering to be inconvenient.

Do you want to fill your garden or terrace with flowers during the winter? The alelí, the thought, the violet, the campanula, the daisy of the meadows, are biannual species very used in gardening to facilitate that touch of color so desired and that only they know how to give.



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