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Chionodoxa ,
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Chonodoxa refers to a genus of flowering plant. It consists of many species. Chonodoxa is mainly native to the mailands of Turkey. However, few species of the Chonodoxa genus were first discovered in the lands of Crete. And a single species was found to be native to Cyprus. The word Chonodoxa has its roots in the freek words Chion and Doxa. In greek language, Chion means snow and doxa means glory. These flowers grow in the forests and mountains of different areas. The glory of the snow ( Chonodoxa ) starts blooming as s the snow in the mountains reach the end point of melting or the snow melts. Thus it is widely known as the Glory of the snow. With the captivating star shaped flowers that it contains, it lives up to its name. The flowers have white or yellow center surrounded by almost purple petals.

Variety: The genus Chonodoxa consists of about seven species. Most of these species have their origins in Turkey while the others have it in Cyprus and Crete. In fact, four of the seven species were originally discovered in the mailands of Turkey. The names of the four Turkish species are Chionodoxa forbesii, Chionodoxa luciliae, Chionodoxa sardensis and Chionodoxa siehei. The other two extraordinarily beautiful species, Chionodoxa albescens and Chionodoxa nana were first discovered in the wild wild mountains of Crete. The last but not the least was discovered by a botanist who was enthralled by the plant's beauty when he first saw it on the wild areas of Cyprus. That captivating flower species is called Chionodoxa nana.

Outdoor plantation: Chionodoxa loves sunlight. Thus, it should be planted in an area where sunlight falls all the time, from sunrise to sunset. It is okay to plant it in a place where sunlight falls only half time.Chionodoxa however does not grow well in soggy areas. Thus, Chionodoxa should be planted in an area where the soil has a good drainanage system. If the drainage system (the capacity of water to escape through the soil) of soil in your garden is not good enough then there are solutions for it. One can alter the level of soil drainage by adding organic mass in the soil.The organic mass must be added in such a way that the mass is about two or three metres thick in height. There are many examples of organic moss for instance, home made stuffs like the dried hay (peat moss) or even the recycling of all the natural products (compost manure).

The Chionodoxa bulbs can be found in stores. One should be careful when buying them and not choose bulbs that are smelly, wet or have all unnatural tiny black spots in it. A hole of about two and a half to three inches should be dug in the soil and the bulb should be kept in it. Two consecutive Chionodoxa bulbs should be placed with a gap of three inches.The bulb should be kept in the hole in such a way that the sharp, edgy area of the bulb turns upwards, looking at the sky. As soon as the bulb is planted, water should be added to the spot of plantation. Once the spring season hits your town, you will be able to see the plant springing up.

Once the flowers begin to ripe, the garden will look more beautiful than ever. However, if you want to pluck the flowers from the plant in order to keep them in vases or other places, you may happilly do it because that does not affect the health of the plant at all. When the flowers stop blooming, the leaves of the plant should be let to grow naturally The leaves should not be plucked or removed. After some times there comes a time when the leaves become dry and wither. Only after than can the leaves be taken off the foliage.

Indoor plantation: The Chionodoxa can bloom just as effectively inside a building as it does on the outdoor gardens. It is pretty easy to grow them indoor.One must have a vessel which can be literally anything, homemade or bought on shop. However, it should consists of holes so that there is a circulation of air and water for the plant. Now once one has a vessel, it should be filled with soil that has a high drainage quality.One should not compromise with the drainage capacity of the soil or the Chionodoxa will not sprout at all. Once the soil is set up in the vessel, the Chionodoxa bulbs should be put in them. The bulb must be planted abot two and a half to three inches deep and every consecutive bulb in the pot should be planted with a gap of about siz and a half inches.The bulb should be kept in the pot in such a way that the sharp, edgy area of the bulb turns upwards towards the sky. As soon as the bulb is planted, water should be added to the spot of plantation. When the flowers stop blooming and it is end of the season the leaves of the plant should be left alone. It should be allowed to grow and wither in its own natural pace.The leaves should not be plucked or removed from the foliage. After some times the leaves become dry and wither.The whole foliage becomes yellow. Only after than can the leaves be taken off the foliage.  Once the spring season hits your town, you will be able to see the plant starts springing up.If you want to pluck the flowers from the plant in order to keep them in vases or other places, you may happilly do it for that does not the affect the health of the plant at all.

Pests and diseases: Chionodoxa is almost invulnerable to most of the imsects and pests. However, some animals, especially the slugs seem to damage the glory of the plant. Slugs are known to nibble on the leaves and flowers. Thus they are not critically harmful to the plant. These insects target the foliage instead of the flowers. Thus slug is not really a significant problem.

Uses: Chionodoxa can be used ornamentally both inside and outside one's home. There are many varieties of Chionodoxa that are used in beds,borders and gardens.They are also grown indoor in pots. In addition, they are also used as cut flowers and exploited in the vases at home or office.They are used in bouquets too. A very unique feature of Chionodoxa is that it can be used rock gardens as well.


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