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Cultivate the solanum

Cultivate the solanum



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Many plants belong to the genus solanum, spread all over the globe; some are grown in the garden, such as solanum melogena (aubergine), others in the garden or on the terrace. In particular, in the terraced pots, two species of solanum are cultivated: solanum rantonnetii, a bushy species, with purple flowers; and solanum jasminoides, a hanging or climbing species, with a white or lilac flower.
These species of solanum are of tropical origin, but can remain outdoors all year round in areas with mild winters, while they must be protected in areas with very cold winters. They prefer very sunny locations, and a rich and very well drained soil. During the winter they lose most of the leaves, especially if the climate is cold. They are watered only when the soil is dry, as they tolerate drought very well, and fear water stagnation. The flowering is continuous, throughout the beautiful season, but to stimulate it is good, at the end of winter, to provide a fertilizer for flowering plants, mixed with the watering water, every 12-15 days. They do not need drastic pruning, but in autumn or late winter it is good to shorten the longer branches, to prevent the plant from becoming disordered.