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Question: growing cloves

if possible I would like in PDF attachment the cultivation of cloves. and its properties. thanks


Cloves: Answer: Growing cloves

Dear Angelo,

usually Our site does not provide small pdf guides to the requests of its readers; if you are interested, I will give you some general indications on cloves. Despite the name (and despite what they told me as a child), cloves are not made up of any part of the common carnations we grow in the garden; in fact, the name derives from the fact that the shape of the whole spice is very reminiscent of that of carnation flowers. This very aromatic spice is made up of the dried flower buds of Eugenia Caryophyllata, also called Sizygyum aromaticum; these are medium-sized evergreen trees, which are found in nature in the Moluccas, Indonesia, Madagascar, and are cultivated by man also in India and other areas of Asia, they can reach ten meters in height. The spice is obtained by collecting the flowers still in bud, when they are already bright red; they consist of a tubular corolla that widens at the top into 4 petals, with 4 sepals closed to form a ball, decidedly very aromatic. As can be seen from the natural places of origin, it is a tree that loves tropical climates, and is not cultivated in Italy, due to the excessively cold climate during the winter months. For this reason, if you want to grow a clove tree in Italy, it is necessary to preserve it from frost and winter cold; living in a region with very mild winters, it is possible to place a young tree near the walls of the house, facing south, so that it enjoys the protection of the house, and lots of sun; otherwise it is a plant to be grown in pots, which during the cold months will spend its life in a greenhouse. Watering must be regular, and the growing substrate must not be left dry for long, especially with regard to specimens grown in pots. From March to October it is watered very regularly, but waiting for the soil to dry between two waterings; during the cooler months it is watered only sporadically, and the plants in the greenhouse are often vaporized on the foliage to increase the ambient humidity. These plants belong to the myrthacee family, and as such they need a slightly acidic soil; it is prepared by mixing one part of universal soil with two parts of specific soil for acidophilic plants. This spice, in addition to having a very intense and persistent aroma, contains active ingredients that have a strong antimicrobial power, and for this reason it enters as an ingredient in many meat dishes, but was also used in sausages and to flavor drinks; in addition to fighting against bacteria, cloves are also an excellent remedy against molds, fungi and yeasts of various types, even those that afflict the skin.




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