Wonderful alissum (planting and care)
Everyone who has ever been engaged in landscapedesign, they know what a wonderful plant - alissum. Planting and caring for it are subject to even inexperienced growers. What is this plant? Flowers alissum belong to the numerous Cabbage family. The native land of this plant are the Mediterranean countries.
On our sites there is often a marinealissum. Planting and caring for this herbaceous perennial plant, used as an annual, will not leave anyone indifferent. Its height rarely exceeds 25 cm. It has densely branched, creeping stems, covered with narrow lanceolate leaves. During the vegetative period, the plant grows strongly, creating beautiful multi-colored "pillows". Small flowers, each with only 4 petals, are collected in small brushes. They exude a delightful honey smell that attracts insects. This plant is an excellent honey.
Alissum, planting and caring for which beginsearly spring, is characterized by long flowering. It blooms in June and pleases the eye before the onset of frost. As the flowering on the plant appear fruit-pods with small seeds. When maturing, they burst and repeat self-sowing takes place. Flowers alissum, photos of which are very spectacular, are white, yellow, pink, purple. Despite such a scarcity of options, the combination of multi-colored bushes looks excellent on any flower bed or alpine hill, and also in mixborders.
How is the alissum grown? Planting and caring for germinating seeds begins in March-April. At this time, they are sown in small boxes with a fertile substrate. When the first leaves appear, the seedlings are dived and planted according to the scheme of 6x5 cm. The alissum hits the permanent place in May-June. Planting pattern: 15x15 cm. Flowering begins 45 days after sprouting emerges.
Experienced flower growers directly in the open ground sowalissum. Planting and nursing in this case are not much different from the method described above, but do not need to dive the seedlings. After the alissum grows older, it is thinned out. This plant is not exacting to soils and heat, although in arid summer it can quickly decoction with bad watering. After the first flowering, you can trim the stems, which often leads to the re-emergence of the inflorescence. Olsidom often multiplies cuttings (in June) or by dividing the bush (in April). Care consists of loosening the soil, complex feeding (2-3 times per season), regular watering.
On what sites should you plant the alissum? Planting and care of lighted or slightly shaded flower beds gives the best results. Also, light and neutral, fertile soils strengthen growth and flowering. Among the most popular varieties of alissum, the following should be noted: "schneepteppish", "snowdrif", "klein dorrit" (white); "violetkenigin" (violet); "Vanderland", "rose o'de" (bright pink); "secretime" (salmon). Diseases and pests: brown rot of roots, viral mosaic of leaves, powdery mildew, turnip whiting, cruciferous flea, moth cabbage.