Josee Reblooming Lilac and Other Lilac Details
Many gardens today are studded with the incredibly vibrant color provided by lilacs. This deciduous shrub is very often used for landscaping because it forms into a natural fence. We will look today at some basics about lilacs before checking out a very specific type, the Josee Reblooming Lilac.
- 1 Lilac Facts
- 2 Josee Reblooming Lilac
- 3 How to Create Beautiful Terrariums
- 4 6 Steps to Gathering Your DIY Materials
- 5 How to Assemble a Terrarium in Five Steps
- 6 Terrarium Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs
- 7 Final Thoughts on Josee Reblooming Lilac
The common lilac is known as Syringa Vulgaris. Lilacs are actually members of the olive family Oleaceae. This flowering plant grows most naturally in hilly regions with plenty of rocks.
Lilacs will grow anywhere from 2m to 10m in height depending on conditions.
In the spring, they give off masses of blossoms with a very distinctive scent.
The individual flowers are actually pretty small. They all grow together in clusters, though, and the impression is a striking blanket of white, pink and lilac hues.
The lilac hails from the scrublands and woodlands of southern Europe and southeast Asia.
Nowadays, you’ll see lilacs growing almost anywhere with a temperate climate.
You’ll see the lilac from October through May.
It starts to flower in the spring.
Bear in mind that if you are bringing on lilacs from seed, you’ll need to be patient. It might take several years for the first flowers to come good.
There are 20-25 species of lilac which is from the genus Syringa. The olive family, of which its a member, also contains plants like jasmine and privet.
Here are some handy hints when it comes to planting lilacs…
- Choose soil which is fertile and well-drained. It should also be rich in humus and alkaline. A pH near 7.0 is ideal. You can always add some compost or fertilizer if your soil needs a helping hand
- Lilacs don’t like too much water so make sure that any site you choose for growing them drains well. If you overdo the water, your lilacs won’t bloom
- Make sure that your lilacs can get full sun. They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day for best results. Again, you will encounter problems with blooming if they struggle for sun
- You can plant in spring or fall but it’s definitely best to opt for spring
- One great way to kickstart some lilacs in your garden is to use suckers. Suckers are offshoots of the root system of an old plant. Dig a hole and backfill it. Throw in your sucker and water thoroughly. In just a few years you could be rewarded with a huge bundle of fragrant lilacs
- You should space out your lilac shrubs from 5 to 15 feet apart depending on the variety of lilac in question
On now to a specific dwarf variety of this bewitching plant…
Josee Reblooming Lilac
Now that we have taken a glance at lilacs in general, how about the exotically-named Josee Reblooming Lilac?
Read on for some more information about this dwarf lilac capable of flourishing for longer than the regular variety.
This dwarf lilac produces wonderful flowers either alone or when used to create marvelous, natural hedges and borders.
As the name would suggest, Josee Reblooming Lilac is a repeat bloomer so you won’t be limited to a single showing of flowers.
If you plant multiple Josee Reblooming Lilac plants, you can attract a wide range of butterflies into your garden which is always a bonus.
This plant is very cold-hardy and also tolerates the heat surprisingly well.
After blooming in late spring, you can continue to enjoy your lilacs right through until the first frosts.
The flowers are pink when in full bloom.
The Josee Reblooming Lilac prefers loamy, alkaline soil. They dislike too much water inkeeping with all lilacs.
They flourish under either full sun or partial shade.
Spacing and Size
Mature plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide so they are pretty substantial shrubs.
Space them nicely at around 5 feet intervals to permit maximum growth.
How to Create Beautiful Terrariums
What is a Terrarium Anyway?
A terrarium is a combination of little plants that look aesthetically pleasing in a glass container. You can purchase a kit or simply DIY it. They grow in an enclosed environment. Terrarium containers take on a crazy large variety of forms. The one thing they will all (typically) have in common is being clear. All you need is a clear container that has an opening large enough for your hand, so you can place various plants inside. The best things about creating your own terrarium is getting to put your creativity to work and make something special and unique.
I want to walk you through the process of creating a Terrarium. It is fun, simple, and easy if you do it right. This is a great project to do with friends. Get a group of your closest confidants together and charge everyone to bring a snack and the tools you will need to create your Terrarium. If you are looking to add some life to your small one bedroom apartment, or spruce up your office space, then this is the perfect thing for you! This creative project will give you a burst of inspiration and a deeper love of greenery in your inside space.
This is something you made with your own two hands and will care for with your own two hands. Having a mini garden is such a fun thing to set in your space. It is the modern person’s way of having a garden that is manageable and can sit indoors. It adds nice aesthetics as well as a sense of nature to wherever you place it. Let’s dig into all the supplies it takes to create a Terrarium. Remember, this is all about creative expression and you should have a fun time doing it! This is your chance to create a small world of your own making.
6 Steps to Gathering Your DIY Materials
1. Choose a Container
In order to create a successful terrarium, you will need some kind of container. Get creative and don’t break the bank. Bonus points for using something you already own! The only requirement is for it to be made of glass. But the form it takes on can be as creative as you wish! My favorite to use and to suggest for others is old coffee pots. They meet all the requirements, and we all use Keurigs now anyway, right?
2. Find Your Base
You can use a large variety of elements for this next part. Most commonly, small stones are used. But you can also mix it up with gravel, shells, pebbles, broken pottery, colored aquarium gravel, or other materials of this nature. This base is there to allow water drainage for the plants’ roots. If there is no access to drainage, then excess water will cause rot and this will ruin your entire Terrarium, as you can imagine.
3. Charcoal (Activated)
Next up you will need potted charcoal. Make sure it is activated! Though this is the one ingredient that is kinda odd and will cause you to have to go out of your way, it can be easily found in any store that has a planting/gardening section. This does not need to be a huge buy, it only needs to be enough to create a thin layer in order to keep the water fresh. This will help to fight off bacterial growth. Think of it as the fertilizer of your Terrarium, just as you would have for a garden.
4. Potting Soil
As with any form of gardening, you will need soil. Potting soil may be the most important layer for your creative process. Naturally, plants need healthy soil to thrive. With this DIY, the point is to save money in every way possible. And it is easy to do so, even when it comes to soil. You can choose any type and any brand of potting soil. If you are planting certain types of plants like succulents (a common staple of Terrariums), then there are certain types you will need, but Terrariums are not picky. They are meant to be fun and cheap. Discount and one dollar type stores typically sell very small bags for very low prices. you don’t need a 50-pound bag of soil for this project!
5. Find Your Mini Plants
This is the fun part! It wouldn’t be a terrarium without the plants, this is the whole point in fact. Choose a few of your favorite tiny plants. Air plants, succulents, and mini-cacti are all common and perfect options for your Terrarium.
There are some things to think through before you get started here. You should choose plants that are small enough to fit in your glass vessel with ease. They should not be stuffed inside. Your plants should not touch the sides of the container. It is a good idea to bring your glass container with you when you go plant shopping and match them up! In order to keep this project aesthetically pleasing, you must keep it from looking cluttered or crowded inside the glass.
A good rule of thumb is to duplicate the plant’s natural environment. Choosing a theme that matches your plant makes this a reality. If you are going for a forest theme, choose foresty plants. If you are going for Tinkerbell’s garden, use moss and plants that are pretty and gardeny. If you are going for a beachy theme, choose plants that grow in very wet environments and switch pebbles out for shells.
If you are looking to use plants like cacti or succulents that thrive in hot and dry (parched) weather, then you will need to use a glass vessel that has an opening. If you don’t they will not thrive because enclosed spaces are breeding grounds for humidity. Let the plants that don’t like water breathe!
6. Buy Teeny Tiny Tools
The last material is totally a suggestion. it is not necessary and if you have already reached your max budget, your hands will do. But small gardening tools are very helpful when it comes to patting down and adding soil as well s arranging the items inside the glass. No pressure here. We trust you have an affinity for dirt.
How to Assemble a Terrarium in Five Steps
First Step: Set Your Base
Start by covering the bottom of your glass container with the base. This means whatever base material you choose needs to be placed inside with a thin layer. This can be done with your hands or with one of your tiny tools, preferably a shovel. It’s really important that the layer completely covers the bottom. Remember, this acts as drainage for your plant.
Second Step: Get Your Activated Charcoal Groove on
Next up you need to add in your activated charcoal as another layer on top of your base. The charcoal is the thing that keeps your water fresh and stops bacteria or other gross things from growing inside it.
Third Step: Add in Potting Soil
Add your chosen potted soil which you hopefully got for cheap and in small quantities. Get enough in there to be able to place your plants’ roots into it. Most experts would recommend about two to two and a half inches of soil.
Fourth Step: Add in the Tiny Plant Babies
Now we’re getting to the fun part of creating your tiny garden world! Before you place it inside, you will need to prune the roots as soon as you take it out of it’s pot. This a normal step of repotting in any scenario. The order should always be adding in the biggest plants first.
This part is where having tools could help, but fingers will work just fine. Create a hole inside the dirt that is large enough for your plant’s roots. After the plant is snugly inside, you will want to make it cozy and tight inside the soil. This is your chance to mess around with the styling of your Terrarium. Make it your own! Remember that if you are using a plant with any poky parts such as rose thorns, always wear gloves.
Fifth Step: Add the Final Touches
Once your plants are all rooted in the soil of your glass container, (remember largest to smallest, always), it is time to finish it off with another layer of your base. This next part is where you add in all the extras that make up your theme. Whatever your theme is, find small pieces that make it come to life.
Once you have a finished product, it is time to get to tending. Just because it is not a full on garden does not mean it doesn’t need your love and care, it just needs significantly less. In order to care for your Terrarium, all you need to do is keep it in the sun and water it when it’s thirsty. Depending on which plants you choose, the sun and water needs will vary, so do your research in order to keep it alive! It is important to keep up with watering it about once every two weeks or as soon as your soil starts looking parched. Make sure that the sunlight it gets is indirect but still bright, as to not dry it out quicker than necessary.
Terrarium Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs
We all know plants need sun. But the key to good gardening is knowing how much. Which areas should our plants be placed in? How much is too much and how much is too little?
Here are the levels:
Bright Sunlight: Direct.
Medium Sunlight: Partial, filtered, indirect.
Low Sunlight: Minimal light.
Once you know which kind of lighting your space has, you will be able to determine which plants to place where and which plants will work well in your space. Your Terrarium plants do not want to be scorched, and the glass container they are in already has the similarity of a magnifying glass, which adds onto the heat. There is no protection, so placing plants that need less light in bright sunlight is a big mess up. Just know that most plants are not cut out for serious heat that is amplified by a glass jar that is completely clear and offers no protection. Stay away from level one: bright or direct sunlight.
This is such a bummer of a problem to have. After all, you did put time and effort into creating this piece to make one of your areas more beautiful. Dirty glass messes beauty all up! Thankfully, the solution is easy. When you notice it getting fingerprinted or dusty, simply get a damp newspaper or one of those handy lint-free cloths you can use to clean screen and windows, and gently wipe it down.
The key is to NEVER use any cleaning products with chemicals. Either use a natural brand or just the damp or dry cloth. The worst thing you could do to your plants is spray them with products that have ingredients that will harm them.
Watering seems like it would be an easy thing to monitor, but it can be trickier than you may expect. For Terrariums specifically, it’s super easy to over water them. A great way to stop this killing mechanism from happening is by using a spray bottle to spritz them. Since the plant is so small, pouring water in could drown them and it is harder to distribute it. Only spritz enough on the soil and leaves to keep it from looking parched. Remember, this is not a fish tank! If you do make the mistake of excess watering, simply get a napkin and soak it up. In this scenario, leave it open until the water dries.
Final Thoughts on Josee Reblooming Lilac
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