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Question: cultivate cloves


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

Cloves: Answer: cultivate the cloves


Dear Angelo,
usually does not provide small pdf guides to the requests of its readers; if it may interest you, I give you some general guidance on cloves. Despite the name (and despite what they told me as a child) cloves do not consist of any part of the common carnations that we grow in the garden; in fact the name derives from the fact that the shape of the whole spice resembles that of carnation flowers. This very aromatic spice is made from the dried buds of the flowers of Eugenia Caryophyllata, also called Sizygyum aromaticum; these are medium-sized evergreen trees, which in nature are found in the Moluccas, Indonesia, Madagascar, and are cultivated by humans also in India and in other parts of Asia 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 in 4 petals, with 4 sepals closed to form a ball, very aromatic. As can be seen from the natural places of origin, it is a tree that loves tropical climates, and is not grown 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, you need 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 a lot of sun; otherwise it is a plant to be cultivated 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 as regards the 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 greenhouses must be vaporized often on the foliage to increase the environmental humidity. These plants belong to the myrthacee family, and as such they need a slightly acid soil; it is prepared by mixing a part of universal soil with two parts of soil specific 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 it enters as an ingredient in many meat dishes, but was also used in sausages and to flavor drinks; in addition to fighting bacteria, cloves are also an excellent remedy for various types of molds, fungi and yeasts, even those affecting the skin.