The secrets from daily life of tomatoes might surprise both a gardener and a vegetarian.
Intresting fact to learn is that tomatoes are carnivorous plants
Research showed that they capture and kill small insects with sticky hairs on their stems and then absorb nutrients through their roots when the animals decay and fall to the ground.
It is thought that the technique was developed in the wild in order to supplement the nutrients in poor quality soil – but quality soil – but even domestic varieties grown in your vegetable patch retain the ability.
So is exciting to learn and the other fact from more receint study - they are not just serial insect killers- tomatoes make the herbivorous catterpillars eat each other-cannibalize themselves.
Seasons are shifting: winters are shorter, spring is earlier, summers are longer and fall arrives later. Moreover, the intermediary seasons as f.e. sprinter or sprummer might become regular phenomena.
Disruptions in the timing of these events makes a variety of impacts on ecosystems.
Environmental changes cause many trees and flowers to bloom earlier than typical, an earlier spring might lead to longer growing seasons. Unusually warm weather in late winter can create a “false spring” that triggers the new growth of plants to begin too early, leaving them vulnerable to any subsequent frosts.
Gardens as ecosystems are impacted as well.
When buying a plant from a nursery its important to know that every plant is marked with a number indicating its hardiness zone. A hardiness zone is a geographic area defined to encompass a certain range of climatic conditions relevant to plant growth and survival.
Because of warmer global temperatures planting zones are shifting further north.
Lithuania is in zones 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a and 7b.
Analyzing the plants map leads into discoveries like f. e. territories of zone 7 include parts of Lithuania as well as part of France, meaning that the same plants can grow in both countries.
After your plant steps out from the apartment into the balcony which continent it appears in?
If indoor micro-climate conditions suggest proximate temperatures of Southern Africa, so the balcony brings the plant into Asia.
To be more specific- a high cliff of Himalayas -your balcony actually is.
The reason of this lies in a difference of low and high temperatures which are ranging in a micro surrounding of a pot the plant is in. The harsh conditions are challenging because of the sun which is heating up the surface of pot to the ultimate highs, because of the winter rains which results the soil substrate to become a pglacier, because of the strong drought winds which ruffle the plant.
And yet, there are plant which thrive in such natural setting- Sedums and Bergenias -once established they do not need any extra care from their human neighbor - lushly evergreen all year round.
The apartments are often to be suspected to be too hostile for plant growth, as the indoor environment conditions are too warm and too dry.
Can plants grow healthy and luxuriant in a space designed for human accomodation?
The World Health Organization's standard for comfortable warmth is 18 °C for normal, healthy human adults who are appropriately dressed. The optimal room temperature usually depends on its use. Usually its around 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. A usual range for indoor humidity generally falls between 30 and 50 percent.
Is where a natural place on Earth with the similar natural conditions which are constant all year round?
For example, it is Swakopmund in Namibia. The place gets just over one cm of rain every year, with a consistent six to seven hours of sunshine every day. Average minimum temperatures are between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius, while the average maximums are within the 18 to 23 degree range.
As a conclusion-
we all do enjoy “Namibian” climate in our apartments, so do the plants originating from Namibia. All forms of crassulas, aloes, stapelias- are the perfect cohabitants to choose. They would feel happy they are back home and fine with no expected rain.