The rough is one of those species that have many applications. It is considered a medicinal plant and is one of the most used.
In fact, it is known as the herb of 1000 uses, but not only for humans when taken in infusions or applied to the body, but also protects our plants with extracts. Let’s see it.
WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE PROPERTIES OF RUE
Rue, Ruta graveolens as a scientific name, belongs to the Rutaceae family. This means that it has more than 1,600 species that are “twinned” (orange, lemon, grapefruit, etc.).
It is native to Europe, and is usually cultivated, apart from its properties, also as an ornamental. It develops yellow flowers that stand out on dry, poor and calcareous gardens.
We can also incorporate them into the rockery garden , if you have already decided to design one.
GROWING RUE IN THE GARDEN OR ORCHARD
The needs of rue are basic and we will not have any problem or inconvenience in growing it. With little care it will reach almost a meter in height.
It is a crop adapted to areas with hot climates. If it is cold, it is convenient to protect it or keep it indoors in a pot.
As for light needs, it is best to put it in full sun. If we have it indoors as an indoor plant , we will proceed to arrange it on the balcony or, at least, near the window.
SOIL AND IRRIGATION
Rue usually grows, on its own and spontaneously, in dry, calcareous soils.
Although, however, it is very noticeable in its growth if the soil has a minimum of organic matter.
We can also make a padding in order to keep all the moisture in the ground. Thus we will reduce the frequency of irrigation.
Speaking of irrigation, this should be normal, since it does not require special humidity conditions.
FROM POTS TO THE GARDEN
A procedure that is usually carried out to get a well-developed rue plant in a short time is to start it in a pot.
It is sown in spring, in controlled conditions of humidity, light and temperature, and when it reaches 20 cm it is transplanted to the space that we have dedicated to it in the garden.
For example, the rockery. Also, if you don’t want to multiply it by seed, you can use cuttings.
As it grows a lot if you have the right means, a tip is to prune it vigorously in winter. With this we control its growth and allow it to develop with more strength and a rejuvenated appearance in spring.
Aromatic Seeds – Rue – Batlle
- Vivacious. Height: About 50 cm. Rustic plant. Needs plenty of sun and well-drained soil
- Sowing: Direct seat, clearing to a 65 cm frame normally in Spring
- Harvesting: All year round from 3 months after sowing.
INTERESTING USES OF RUE
The rough is high in vitamin C . It has been widely used to make certain sauces, and even as a ferment for alcoholic beverages.
In the past, rue was known for its abortifacient properties . But hey, with these things so strong and important we would not trust much.
As an ointment, it is a good ally for earaches, stomach pains, to reduce the discomfort of hemorrhoids or against some parasites.
USE AS A PLANT EXTRACT
If you saw our article on plant extracts , you will know that rue is also used for this purpose.
We are going to tell you a way to prepare an extract to apply to your plants and solve (or reduce) some problems that arise.
It has both repellent and insecticidal properties. Although, however, you will already know our opinion. Plant extracts work better as a preventive than a curative.
A fungus or a pest reliably installed in a crop will be very difficult to eliminate with these natural mechanisms.
To prepare an extract of rue we will proceed as follows:
- We can use both stems and fresh leaves. Around 800 grams.
- We will need 10 liters of water.
This mixture that we will leave to ferment and applied with a 20% dosage on snails, slugs and aphids, manages to prevent them from approaching the crops of your garden.