If you dream of a beautiful summer cottage,that would please the eye will help you in its lobular design. Growing from seeds at home is a simple process, which even a beginner gardener will cope with.
Lobularia is a garden flower full of charm. Due to the bright color and unique aroma, this plant will become an adornment of your garden, creating a bright floral carpet. And with it, you can decorate the flowerbed,lawn, gravel garden or alpine hill. Lobularia is annual and perennial, it can grow up to 40 cm in height, shoots are branched, the leaves are fluffy, and the flowers themselves are small and collected in lush inflorescences. Growing lobularia from seeds is not difficult, the plant will delight with its saturated flowering from May to frost. Lobularia is presented in five types, however, only varieties that came to us from Mediterranean countries grow in our latitudes.
Growing lobularia from seeds is simple, but you need to know some rules of this process:
- With unpretentiousness, the plant requires planting in an open sunny place. differs in frost resistance.
- It is necessary to water lobularia carefully, without overflow- stagnation of water will lead to rotting of the roots. Ideally, it can be watered only in case of long dry weather, and if the weather is wet, then you can not water it at all.
- Planting should be accompanied by fertilizing with organic fertilizers, they can also be used after cutting off the shoots that have already grown.
Features of seed cultivation
When growing lobularia from seeds, you need firstturn to adhere to the time frame. Sowing seeds can be immediately into the ground - either in autumn or spring. During autumn sowing, seeds should be covered. The second method of growing is through seedlings, which are then transplanted into a greenhouse or simply on the ground under a film. With this method of growing lobularia, you should monitor the air temperature - it should be at least 12 degrees. Seedlings thin out over time - the interval between plantings should be about 15 cm, in May they can be planted already in open ground. Observance of intervals plays an important role, since otherwise lobularia will grow and be more susceptible to various diseases.
We get seedlings
The perfect complement to any landscape designthe garden is lobularia. Growing from seeds at home is quite simple, subject to a number of rules. Note that in a temperate climate, the plant feels comfortable, therefore, in European countries and here it is cultivated precisely as an annual. Seedlings are easily obtained from seeds, which is why this method is considered the most popular for growing this plant.
Before planting seeds in containers, the soil mustbe well moistened, then evenly distribute the seeds in it and sprinkle with ordinary river sand. The containers are covered with a film, watering is carried out once every few days. Already on the 10th day, lobularia will shoot, but the seeds can grow unevenly, so that in total seedlings can appear within a month and a half. The film is removed as soon as the seedlings are overgrown with 3-4 leaves.
If seed germination began in late March,then picking can be carried out already in May, when the seedlings will already be up to 8 cm high. Planting seedlings should be immediately in the ground, and it is important to ensure that the seedlings are dug together with a lump of earth to protect the root system from damage. Some gardeners prefer to grow lobularia from seeds that were placed in the ground in the fall. In this case, the seeds should be under a film all fall and winter, which can only be removed in spring. In addition, it is worth remembering that this method will not give seed germination efficiency.
Lobularia landed, usually in gooda lit place where there will be no drafts. In addition to heat, this plant loves the sun, but you should not fill the plant - it tolerates short-lived drought perfectly. The first flowers will appear on your flowerbed by May, and lobularia will bloom right up to the very frosts. Perennial lobularia, also called alissum, can be propagated through cuttings. For this, already faded plants should be left in the ground so that they bloom, the seeds in them have ripened and showered. Strong shoots need to be thinned out, leaving about 20 cm between the bushes.
Lobularia, as already mentioned, is not the mostdemanding flower, but requires some care. After the plant has overgrown with the first few leaves, you need to feed it with complex fertilizer, and top dressing should become daily over time. All fertilizers should first be soaked in water, the resulting mixture is poured into the roots, trying not to touch the leaves and flowers, so as not to burn them. After top dressing, you can pour lobularia with clean water. If the bushes were sheared, you should feed them with nitrogen fertilizers to restore them quickly. By the way, for tall plants, a haircut is simply required to preserve the decorativeness of the bushes.
Rock or sea?
Lobularia is usually called marine alissum, butThere is another interesting variety of this flower - rocky alissum. Sea alissum reaches 20 cm in height, has silvery finely pubescent leaves with a fleshy structure, and grows in perennial plants in a warm climate. Thanks to the small flowers, the plant looks magnificent, and if you take into account the color variety - from white to burgundy, you can make the flowerbed very bright. Lobularia, or marine alissum, are excellent for planting on the edges of flower beds, rabatok, curbs along the tracks. Beautiful combinations can be created when combined with phlox, lobelia. Drought-resistant lobularia is also suitable for stony gardens or alpine hills, where they can be used to decorate the gaps between steps or paths. Rock alissum is a perennial that can grow up to 25 in height. It is distinguished by strongly branched stems that form a neat rounded bush with elongated leaves. The flowers are also small and gather in dense brushes. In too hot weather, the flowering of rocky alissum is short.
Lobularia is a unique flower with the help of whichYou can make an unusual design of any suburban area. If you like corners with amazing flower carpets, this plant will definitely delight you. Lobularia can beautifully decorate borders, especially if you correctly choose color combinations. The alissum in containers looks no less impressive, for example, on the balcony or simply as accents on the site.
When planting, remember that lobularia givesa very rich aroma that will even be excessive. Therefore, if you are against strong odors, think about where you will plant this bright plant. Gardeners often use it to design unsightly plots on the territory, since such a floral arrangement will definitely be to your taste.
Diseases and pests
Like any other plant, lobularia is susceptiblethe impact of various diseases. The most common is powdery mildew, which is especially common in humid climates. Its influence is immediately noticeable - the leaves of the flower begin to turn brown and fall. When such defects appear, the diseased areas of the plant are removed, and the flower itself is better treated with a soap solution. Brown rot and white rust, which spread very quickly, are no less dangerous for alissum.
Of the pests, lobularia is loved by aphids and cicadas,that carry jaundice among plants. You can deal with them in different ways: chemical exposure, repellent plant broths. The most undesirable aphid compounds are citrus based. So the decoction of the peel of oranges and tangerines is the most reliable solution in the fight against aphids and environmental safety at your site. It is fashionable to fight aphids with an ordinary soap solution, which leads to blockage of the airways of insects.
And remember: competent care for lobularia is constant attention to the soil and its condition. With any defects, you need to get rid of them in a timely manner - this will allow you to save beautiful landings in your suburban area. Yes, and another tip: to give your suburban area a bright appearance, combine varieties of lobularia and other equally beautiful plants. And varieties of alissum are presented in a huge variety!