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Baldellia ranunculoides is an aquatic plant with deciduous leaves, native to Europe and Asia. It constitutes tufts of green leaves, some develop underwater and have an elongated shape, others grow at the base of the stems, have an oval, elongated shape, with short petioles, and are marked by three deep veins.
The stems of this plant are thin and fleshy and grow up to 45-50 cm, and throughout the summer they bear numerous inflorescences consisting of small flowers with three petals, pink with a yellow throat. The flowers are followed by fruits, 15-20 floating achenes containing the seeds that are dispersed very easily by the wind.
The baldellia is a very widespread plant all over the world, from the Atlantic to the Baltic up to the Mediterranean Sea area.
It is a plant that prefers luminous positions, even with direct sunlight; in the hottest months of the year it is good to shade it. The baldellia ranunculoides grow anchored at the bottom of rivers and streams, but also develop in ponds and ponds with still water.
Overall it is a rustic and easy to grow plant that easily adapts to many ponds and ponds conditions.
The ideal temperatures for the cultivation of this species range between 20 and 25 ° C.
The roots of bardellia grow in any soil, as long as it is soft and rich in organic matter; it can happen that the stems of the plant bend by touching the ground, in this case they usually root giving rise to a new plant.
In rivers and streams, where the current is less strong and fast, this plant grows spontaneously on the seabed. By choosing the right soil and watering it correctly this plant can also be grown at home.
In the event of prolonged periods of drought, this plant suffers from water stress and fades quickly enough.
In case of cultivation in the garden or in case, pruning is an excellent method to safeguard the health of the plant and give it an excellent appearance. With pruning the diseased, withered and withered parts must be eliminated. It is therefore mainly a form and cleaning pruning to remove parts of the plant that are no longer functional.
The multiplication of Baldellia ranunculoides occurs by seed, in spring, using the seeds of the previous year. These must be germinated in a container filled with peat and sand in equal parts, which must be kept submerged until complete germination; new plants should be grown in a container for at least a year before being planted. Usually the canopies tend to self-seed, colonizing large areas. The flower of the canopies is one of the most appreciated aspects of this plant; with its light and soft colors it enlivens the ponds in summer with a flowering that starts in June and ends in August depending on the area, with shades ranging from white to pink.
Baldellia ranunculoides: Pests and diseases
Cochineal and aphids can completely ruin flowers and new buds. Both diseases can be combated by using special products to eliminate parasites. For the rest, there are no specific diseases that mainly attack this plant.