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- How phlox is grown in the country
- How to care for phlox in the country
What is interesting about the phlox twinkling star? In general, this flower nowadays is represented by more than 400 varieties. Growing a plant is easy enough.
How phlox is grown in the country
Phlox varieties differ very simply. If we talk about the Twinkling Star, then it is very easy to recognize it. These star-shaped flowers also have a characteristic, fragrant aroma. There is no fundamental difference in cultivation. But the petals of the plant seem to be pointed. It is very unusual. They are not round like the classic varieties. These bushes are also very low. They are unlikely to grow taller than 35 cm in height. It is appreciated for its dense, bright inflorescences, their diameter can reach 10 cm.
The Twinkling Star's agricultural technology is characteristic. The plant has a stage of greatest decorativeness. It is achieved by providing moderately moist soils of a fertile type, in a sunny place.
When seedlings are grown, sowing is carried out in the month of March, using seedling boxes. The planting depth parameter will be 0.5 cm. Keeping the soil temperature +18 ° C, the seedlings are expected for 7-14 days. A moderate temperature is needed to keep the seedlings. Seedlings should be planted in the ground at the end of May. It is necessary to maintain a distance of 20-25 cm. Seeds are sown on open areas in May. Before that, they are soaked for 20-30 hours. Let us consider in more detail the conditions in which phlox grows.
The main requirement is the ability to water generously. If there is a danger of prolonged drought, even the proximity of a reservoir and a stream will not save the plant. Drying out of the soil is contraindicated.
It is also important to choose the right soil. Phloxes respond well not only to sunny places. Partial shade is also suitable for them. Best of all - the option with an area that is protected by trees, shrubs. This creates excellent shading for the plants, even in hot weather. This is very important for varieties that are called brightly colored. And in winter, it is under the trees and shrubs that snow settles. This way it is possible to reduce temperature fluctuations to a minimum. This is very important in winter.
- the choice should be stopped on an area where there is a slight slope. During snowmelt or rainy seasons, this will save the plants from flooding. There are also the following recommendations on how to plant phlox in the garden:
- if the soil on the slopes dries quickly, it is unfavorable in this case;
- it is impossible for snow to blow off for plantings in winter, and water flow down in rainy ones;
- an environment of trees in which the growth of roots goes on top is not suitable, these include lilac and birch, etc.;
- for a flower garden, the western, eastern, southwestern and southeastern positions of the slope are suitable;
- the north side is worse, or the shade of conifers.
How to care for phlox in the country
Phloxes are able to survive in difficult conditions, but then flowering will be much more difficult. This culture is cold hardy.
The best soil for them will be medium loamy, loose and moist, close to neutral (pH 5.5-7.0). Growth and flowering will be successful with the introduction of manure, a fraction of leafy land, with compost and ash, they are combined with organic-mineral mixtures, mineral fertilizers.
Phloxes have a strong root system. The depth can reach 25-30 cm. Prepare the soil well in advance. With spring plantings, this is done in the fall, with autumn plantings - at least a couple of weeks so that she has the opportunity to settle well. For heavy clay soil, coarse-grained river sand is added. You also need humus, a mixture of compost, lime (parameters 250-300 g / m2), the volume of low-lying peat, mineral fertilizers. You will have to dig up the soil many times. A homogeneous soil structure will then be achieved.
When planting is carried out on sandy soil, the location and size of the potential flower garden is determined in advance. The soil is dug to a depth of 45-50 cm throughout this area. Clay is laid on the bottom in a layer. The layer is 15-20 cm. Fertile soil is laid on top, tamped and watered abundantly.
During planting in the fall, phosphorus-potassium fertilizers are poured into the pits. Spring is suitable for nitrogen-containing and complete complex series.
Seedlings are seen in early spring. Seedlings are required to dive when two pairs of true leaves appear. Seedlings are transferred to a prepared bed, where fertile soil is scattered. After a week, add top dressing - mullein solution (1 to 20). Further care is quite simple. They are watered, the soil is loosened, additional fertilizing is added. With growth, the composition of the top dressing does not change, but the proportions increase. Then phlox Twinkling Star will bloom brightly, and their fiery outlines of inflorescences will delight with decorativeness.