Laurethnia is an ideal plant for a small garden. She makes him smart and cozy, moreover, it is easy to take care of him.
- What is laurentia and what does it look like
- Growing and care
- Reproduction of laurentia
What is laurentia and what does it look like
Laurentiya, or more commonly the name Isotome, belongs to the Bellflower family. It came to us from Australia.
It is a very fragile and delicate perennial plant with a large number of small, star-shaped flowers. The diameter of each reaches about 3 cm, and the height of the whole plant grows no more than 30 cm, most often about 10-20 cm.
The shade of flowers can be very diverse, it all depends on the variety. The most common colors are purple and pink, which can be diluted with blues and whites to create beautiful transitions.
The flowering period begins in early spring, then the first stars appear on the tops of the shoots. Narrow long leaves also add decorativeness to laurentia.
The river Isotome has slightly large leaves, it is a low perennial, outwardly reminiscent of saltium. It is possible to understand belonging to the Kolokolchikov family only in the summer, when the blue stars bloom. The flowers of this species are small, no more than 1 cm in diameter.
This species is rarely grown at home, but since laurentia is unpretentious, it is quite simple to do this. The river isotome grows on creeping banks, covering them with a flowering carpet. The leaves are small and neat. The river species tolerates winter frosts down to -15 degrees.
In Australia, laurentia lives on swampy soils, therefore, in any other country, it needs to provide similar conditions. When growing, the container is placed in partial shade.
Laurentia juice is poisonous, so you need to make sure that it does not get into the eyes or on the skin, and the plant must also be protected from pets.
The second common type is Hybrid Lauretia. The flower grows very quickly, although it was obtained by crossing two slow-growing species. It blooms profusely, easily tolerates frost and rain. The first flowering occurs during the period when the size of the bush reaches 18 cm. Laurentia is not so common in home cultivation, so it is difficult to find its seeds or seedlings. However, those who manage to do this will enjoy the graceful globular plant.
Growing and care
Depending on the species, the isotome has different colors. To achieve abundant, full flowering, you need to provide proper care. Isotome loves bright places, but it is not advisable to plant it in the open sun. If the plant is planted indoors, then the air temperature in winter should be no more than 15 degrees Celsius, the room should be well ventilated.
Laurentia is resistant to winter frosts, adult plants do not require shelter, only in case of cold, above 15 degrees. The plant loves moisture, it is important to ensure that the soil is not overdried, but there is no stagnation of water either.
As for the soil, its structure should be sandy loam or loamy, the acidity is neutral. Like any other plant, laurentia responds well to fertilization. Fertilizing the plant is carried out during the period of active growth, from spring to late autumn. Once a week, half the concentration of universal flower fertilizer is applied under the bush. In winter, feeding can be stopped, or it can be done once a month.
The plant does not need a transplant; this is done during reproduction by dividing the bush or as rejuvenation.
Larentia has pests typical for the Bellflower family, these are greenhouse aphids and spider mites. They hit the flower if it gets too hot. Isotome needs to be pruned every spring. This allows you to form a beautiful bush shape and make its shoots more branched.
Laurentia looks best in rock gardens, flower beds, borders, hanging and pots with legs.
Reproduction of laurentia
Reproduction is carried out either by dividing the bush or by seeds. The first method is suitable for obtaining two or three bushes, but if you need to sow a large amount of area or get a large number of seedlings, then seeds will do.
In its homeland, Laurentia is a perennial plant, but in our climate it can turn into an annual.
- Sowing seeds is done in late August and early September. Seedlings will appear very quickly, but by the first winter they will still be strong, so you need to take care of a good shelter. There is another option, to sow seeds in containers or boxes, which are transferred to the premises for the winter. The room should be cool, preferably a cold greenhouse or a special greenhouse.
- If laurentia is grown for sale, then sowing is carried out from December to March, that is, throughout the winter, but this is provided that all the necessary conditions are present. If an amateur is engaged in breeding, then it is better to wait for March.
- Before the beginning of summer, young shrubs are transplanted into open ground, finding a bright area and well-permeable soil. Watering is moderate.
- When sowing seeds in boxes, sifted high-moor peat with neutral acidity is selected. The seeds are laid out on the surface and sprinkled a little. In order for the seedlings to germinate, the air humidity should be as high as possible, up to 97%, but the substrate should not be waterlogged.
- When the first shoots appear, the temperature should be maintained at 17 degrees, day and night temperatures should be the same. After a month, you can make a pick in individual cells or pots.
- After the leaves appear, you can start feeding. Fertilizer with macro- and microelements is applied with each watering. Watering is done often, but not abundantly.
Many plants are difficult to propagate by seed, which is not the case with laurentia. Under the right conditions, 90% of the seeds germinate.
Laurentia is a fragile bellflower plant. Its big feature is its unpretentiousness and ease of reproduction; not only a professional florist, but also an amateur can cope with the cultivation.
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