Lately, guard houses have been very popular. Apart from the fact that their healing properties are very well known, they are also used as a dune decoration for yards, terraces or even interiors. Take a look at some ideas and beautify your home 🙂
What are guard houses?
A plant that originates from Mexico and grows almost all over Europe. It is very widespread and known under various folk names: guardian, under force alive, cum, wild immortelle, thunder grass, watchman, earwig, guard, dew in the evil of good. It grows in gardens, orchards and roofs. Various superstitions and folk customs are related to the treatment with a guard house, and today almost every house has its own guard house. It is believed to neutralize the effects of harmful energy, changes in weather, the consequences of stress and negative thoughts, but also to help heal diseases, calm and stabilize the nervous system, get rid of drowsiness and increase work ability.
The scientific name Sempervivum in translation means “always living” and refers to the property of the plant to survive very unfavorable conditions, extreme droughts, frosts, poor rocky soil. Guardians are succulent plants that store water reserves in their thickened leaves and thus survive drought periods. Therefore, we do not have to be afraid that these first-class survival artists will disappear. The guardhouse is known as a remedy for ear pain. Freshly squeezed juice helps in the treatment of stomach ulcers, various inflammations of the mucous membrane, strengthens the body’s resistance, cures headaches, asthma, gout, heart and bloodstream diseases, increases blood pressure, eliminates flu and angina. In recent times, the juice of fresh herbs is used against inflammation of the teeth and sore throat.
Cultivation of guard houses:
Sempervivum tectorum, known as housewife, stone rose or thick coca, is a very resistant plant and has modest requirements when it comes to care. It also thrives in conditions where many other plants fail to survive. This is an ideal plant for all those who do not have enough space or often lack the time to care for and maintain the plants.
The guard house is very resistant to a large number of external influences and can survive in very unfavorable conditions. It is resistant to very high temperatures and drought, as well as low temperatures and frosts, and it tolerates moisture somewhat less.
It only takes a little space to grow a guard house. It grows well in an open place, sunny and windy, and the positions facing south suit it best.
The guard house can be grown in shallow pots, on the terrace, balcony or in the house, as well as on open land in the form of low hills. When planting, the density should be from 12 to 20 plants per m². The size of the pot will depend on the variety being grown.