Growing age can be a deceiving thing but also beneficial! Fruits, flowers, and vegetables that age are still very capable of producing quality crops and benefits. In this regard, the old plant may indeed be considered invigorating. Over time, plants can lose much of the vigor that gave them life in the first place. However, some still remain resilient, able to fight off problems of a variety of sizes for years to come. As usual with life, some things are more sure than others. Depending on its age, there are a number of ailments that all the plants will inevitably undergo. In fact, every single plant has its own life cycle, including your favorite free growing perennial.
As an old plant matures, its growth slows down and it exhibits signs of being less vigorous. As its nutrients become depleted, it tends to decay faster. If it’s in need of watering for some reason, it will begin to wilt, giving off a foul odor of mold and decay. The age of your plant will also impact the number of bad days and days that it will tolerate. If it’s old, you may expect it to produce less fruit, which will eventually result in its diminished fruit and even death.
If you wish to age your hollyhocks, try to grow them at a temperature of 50 degrees. Honeysuckle has mature growth where it grows an overgrown leaf crown. This is what gives it its distinctive brown leaf that has the buds in shambles. This is not an uncommon finding with older hollyhocks.
Over time, iron will slowly erode from even the most resilient of plants. The most notable symptoms are flash rust, which gives off a foul odor, and lots of unwanted wind, which fans the rust and eventually damages the foliage. In this case, it’s best to wait for the iron level to decrease further.
Lentils are one of the most popular gardening vegetables. Most young plant varieties will grow up with new growth every year. The healthiest plants, however, will produce year after year. In this case, it’s best to start the plant outdoors or during late spring. However, if the plant grows so large and lush, then the rains and winds can cause its leaves to sprout shoots in unexpected places, which tend to carry even larger seeds. From there, the plant can’t withstand further rains and winds, and if it has tiny fruits, then it turns to mush. Keep the plant in a protected location indoors or in the warmth of a porch or greenhouse during the cold months, when it can benefit from a huge winter shrubbery.
Plants such as ferns and coneflowers will typically diminish in vigor over time. With age, many plants begin to exhibit symptoms that weaken them, which eventually results in their death. The real question is whether or not you should try to grow them at such a stage? The answer, for this particular question, is unknown. To the modern gardener, older plants may be the optimal choice because the quality of the plants will be far superior to younger specimens. You might find that they don’t have such a high demand as newer plants, which often have more bountiful produce.
(This article was written by Kyle Jean of invincibilityhouseplants.com)