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Question: growing cloves

if possible I would like to attach the cultivation of cloves and its properties in a PDF attachment. thank you


Cloves: Answer: Growing cloves

Dear Angelo,

usually Gardening.it does not provide small pdf guides to the requests of its readers; if you are interested, I give you some general information on cloves. Despite the name (and despite what I was told 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 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 also cultivated by man in India and other areas 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 which 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 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 protect it from freezing 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 home, and a lot of sun; otherwise it is a plant to grow in pots, which during the cold months will spend its life in a greenhouse. The watering must be regular, and the cultivation substrate must not be left dry for a long time, especially as regards the specimens grown in pots. From March to October it is watered very regularly, however waiting for the soil to dry between two waterings; during the cooler months it is watered only sporadically, and the plants in the greenhouse 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 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 many meat dishes, but was also used in sausages and to flavor drinks; in addition to fighting bacteria, cloves are an excellent remedy also against molds, fungi and yeasts of various types, even those afflicting the skin.

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