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Rice Paper Plant Care – How To Grow A Rice Paper Plant In The Garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Growing rice paper plants is a piece of cake if you live in a climate with relatively mild winters free of long, hard freezes. Interested in learning how to grow a rice paper plant in your own garden? Then click on this article for more information.

‘How to’? Plant for Shade

Every garden is different, some have plenty of sunny spots for sun-loving flowers but others are shaded and it can be difficult to envisage the garden becoming a flourishing outdoor area. However, there are plenty of shade loving plants out there to make your garden as vibrant as any other.

Make a plan

Before you dive in head first it’s best to plan how you would like your garden to look. Are you needing to add height to create contrast or do you need some lower level plants to spread out amongst your beds and borders? Knowing what plants come out in flower in different months is also helpful to have as much colour as possible all year round.

What plants love shade?

Heuchera, Euphorbia, Hosta and Fern are all popular shade lovers. Here are some more unusual plants and varieties that will enjoy a shady garden we recommend:

This Astilbe ‘Ton sur ton’ is fabulous to add colour all season long with its striking red plumes (other Astilbe varieties are available in pink, white and lavender). Amongst green ferns they will add height and variation. These are part shade to full shade lovers but need watering – don’t let them dry out!

This Hosta consists of narrow, folded, dark green leaves resembling hands folded in prayer revealing glossy undersides. These can be placed in the front or middle of a border to create that lower level height and like a well-drained soil.

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ or commonly known as the Chinese rice-paper plant ‘Rex’ is a large shrub with lobed leaves creating a spray of all year round evergreen foliage. This plant prefers part shade, well-drained soil and can reach up to 4 metres in height.

Any garden/outdoor space can be made into something you’re proud of with planning, time and the right plants you can achieve the best possible area.

Devil’s walkingstick, Hercule’s club, Angelica tree

Scientific name: Aralia spinosa

Origin: Native to North America

Plant description: Aralia spinosa is a few branched, flat-topped bush or small tree that grows to a height of 12 m (

39ft) and sprouts from the root system forming clonal thickets. The trunk frequently develops few if any branches and the plant becomes an erect trunk with
a crown of leaves.[13] The plant stem, branches and often the petioles 1
and leaf rachis 2 are armed with stout prickles.

A short discussion concerning leaf structure is appropriate here. In the accompanying illustrations, each illustration represents an entire leaf. The smaller subparts of the compound leaves are referred to as leaflets. Simple leaves, such as in maple, are not divided into leaflike structures (leaflets), though they may be deeply cleft. Compound leaves generally come in two forms: Palmately compound leaves, such as those of horse chestnut, have their leaflets spread out like the fingers of a hand, whereas pinnately compound leaves have their leaflets attached to a central ‘stem’ (axis or rachis) much like the two sides of a feather. The stem below the attachment of the bottom leaflets or the stem of a simple leaf is referred to as a petiole. The leaflets of a pinnately compound leaf can be attached to the rachis in either an opposite or alternate configuration. At the base of both simple leaves and compound leaves an abscission layer is formed that allows the leaf to break away from the more permanent stem to which it is attached. For both compound and simple leaves there generally is also a bud at this location though it may not be obvious and will require some more investigation on your part to be seen. This bud will become the next leaf if there is to be a leaf there, as for example, next year. If there is a bud there, and the leaflets are without associated buds, you can be quite certain that the leaf is compound. If there is later a replacement leaf, it will be derived from the bud at the base of the leaf. Alternatively, if there are buds at what you suspect are leaflets of a compound leaf, you are not dealing with a compound leaf.

Pinnately compound leaves can have leaflets that are themselves compound and even those divisions can be compound and so on. The accompanying illustrations provide examples of unipinnate, bipinnate and tripinnate leaves.

Health Benefits of Rice

Rice is the staple food of over half of the world’s population. Most of the people eat rice without knowing or caring about it’s health benefits. However, some notable health benefits of rice are

  • It is a good source of energy and it’s cholesterol free.
  • Rice is a moderate source of some vitamins and minerals.
  • Rice bran oil is considered healthy, and it supports cardiovascular health.
  • Consuming rice is good for preventing skin problems and also helps in preventing chronic constipation.
  • Rice is said to help in cancer prevention, and also helps in blood pressure management.

Hope you have enjoyed this guide. Rice is the most economically important crop around the world. And commercial rice farming business is very profitable if you can do everything perfectly. Good luck!

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