Probably, there is not a single grower in the world who was not familiar with rudbeckia. This plant has won love not only because of its amazing appearance - the flower is easy to care for.
In addition, it rises quickly and smells incredibly fragrant. Everything that you still did not know about planting and caring for rudbeckia purpurea can be found in our article.
- A bit of history about the "overseas" beauty
- Rudbeckia purple on the site - how to plant?
- Rudbeckia - bloom. How to care for a plant?
A bit of history about the "overseas" beauty
It's no secret that most of the flowers that we are used to seeing in our plots are "overseas". So, rudbeckia was brought to us from North America. Due to the unpretentiousness of the plant, rudbeckia has taken root well on domestic soil.
Today, they are distinguished - annual and perennial plant varieties. Rudbeckia purpurea blooms in a beautiful "dirty pink" color. The people call her nothing else but echinacea.
Traditional healers often use it to treat dermatological diseases. There is a wide demand for nala rudbeckia in pharmacology, today echinacea tincture is prepared from its root. According to leading experts, the tincture helps to strengthen the immune system.
Where purple rudbeckia is held in high esteem:
- Alternative medicine (flower petals are used for decoctions and tinctures).
- Pharmacology (making alcoholic tinctures to strengthen the immune system).
- Cosmetology (rudbeckia is part of masks and creams).
- Landscaping (the plant ennobles the site, giving it an original appearance).
- Beekeepers from all over the world know that rudbeckia is the most attractive plant for bees. Its scent attracts the bee colony, thus helping to "keep" the swarm in its territory. The pronounced and bright smell of rudbeckia will appeal not only to arthropods.
Rudbeckia purple on the site - how to plant?
Like most plants, rudbeckia purpurea propagates using seeds. If rudbeckia is already growing on your site, then it is advised to prepare plant seeds for planting for the next season. To do this, you will need:
- Collect the seeds of the plant (it is better to do this in dry weather)
- Dry them, but make sure that the sun's rays do not fall on the seeds
- Collect them in a dry box, and put in a dark place.
If you do not have the opportunity to prepare seeds on your own, then we recommend purchasing the goods in the store, or on trays. In this case, do not forget to clarify the type of rudbeckia.
If you want to enjoy the color of rudbeckia purple already in mid-June, we recommend planting the seeds of the plant in April right on your windowsill. To do this, you need:
- Pour neutral soil into the compact box
- Make shallow holes and water them
- Cover the seeds by stamping on them with soil
- Water the earth
Cover the box with plastic wrap to create a greenhouse effect. If you provide proper care, then after 2 weeks the first sprouts will be noticeable. You can plant seedlings in mid-May. But remember that cold is not the best companion for a young plant.
It is better to plant rudbeckia purple in open ground in early June. To do this, it is not at all necessary to dig holes. You can sprinkle the prepared seeds on the selected soil, grind it with earth on top (about 2-3 centimeters), and pour water over it.
Practice shows that the plant almost always sprouts. But what kind of care will the plant require? About this in the next block of the article.
Rudbeckia - bloom. How to care for a plant?
Due to the fact that the plant is not whimsical to its person, elementary basic care will be enough for it. And yet, how to properly care for rudbeckia purpurea?
Timely watering. Water for a plant is life. Watering rudbeckia is best done after sunset. Remember to water the plant as the soil dries out.
Fertilizing. If you dream of getting a beautiful and long-lasting color, then do not forget to fertilize. When planting seeds, you can add a couple of caps of flowering fertilizer directly to the water and water the soil with the resulting "mixture".
Pruning. Dried twigs and flowers should be trimmed regularly. They not only spoil the aesthetic appearance of rudbeckia, but also slow down the growth of young sprouts. Pruning dry twigs can be done with garden shears.
You can plant rudbeckia purple on either side. The plant is not afraid of wind, temperature extremes, or direct sunlight. However, remember that it is not advisable to plant different varieties of rudbeckia in the same area. Different varieties can pollinate among themselves, and as a result, you can get an unexpected color.
Fertilize the plant carefully with top dressing. Do not get too carried away with them. Excessive amounts of minerals have a detrimental effect on the root system and can lead to root rot. Give preference only to high quality mineral fertilizers.
Rudbeckia purpurea is one of the most popular plants. Thanks to its pleasant aroma, appearance and unpretentious care, more and more newcomers to the flower business are striving to plant the plant. Be sure to stock up on rudbeckia seeds if you want to see this "overseas" beauty on your site!
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