Verserekid Astra will infrequently meet in the gardens of our compatriots, but in America and Canada, this long-standing culture is very popular. Gardeners appreciate her for decorative appearance, unpretentiousness and subtle fragrance. His owners culture pleases abundant blossom from September to November.
In nature, the pestovoproin-level Astra is found in North America. The plant is a grassy perennial, blooming since September and November. A bush consists of extended shoots 70-100 cm long, as a rule, they are branched, can be sowned either by bare. The stalks are covered with sheets – on top of them are small (1-1.5 cm), gear, bottom – long (up to 6 cm), dense, palm. Sheet plates have a deep dark green color, are destroyed, alternately – thanks to this, the plant looks fluffy.
Verserecoidal Astra is distinguished by frost resistance, the plant can withstand a protracted cold, long-term drought and frequent temperature differences. In the flowering stage, it retains its decorativeness even with a decrease in temperature to -5 … 6 degrees Celsius.
Pulling type Astra very quickly grows in width, rapidly captures nearby sites, so gardeners should constantly limit it around the perimeter of landing.
Astra grows like a thick ball, if not tapping her branches, they will bend down – this feature is often used landscape designers to create spectacular compositions.
After flowering, the plant befriends small flat seeds. However, due to the fact that the bloom of ASTR is later, the seeds rarely have time to ripen, so the Astra is breeding in the main division of rhizomes.
Verserecoidal varieties of ASTR are distinguished by a variety.
- “Pink Cloud” (Pink Cloud). It is a spray bushes, richly covered with small baskets of white-pink scenery. Decorative appearance is preserved before the onset of cold.
- Snow Lavina (Snow Flurry). Boots are low, no more than 10 cm long. Thick covered with white flowers, so they look like a snow-white bedspread. Such plants are popular in the design of alpine slides and rocaries.
- “Herbst Marthe” (Herbst Myrthe). Hybrid variety of crawling astra, the length of shoots reaches 1 m. Flowers of light lilac, the size of no more than 1 cm, the core is yellow, with a light burgundy tump.
- Erl Kenig (Erlkonig). Spectacular Astra with pale lilac flowers, yellow core. The size of the shoots reaches 1 m, blooms from the beginning of September to November.
- Blue Star (Blue Star). Side shrub height 60-70 cm. At the time of flowering, looks outwardly resembles a heather or low-spirited boys, light-blue inflorescences.
- “Lady in Black” (Lady in Black). This is a rather unusual Astra, it is distinguished by dark green leafy plates, which in places go into a dark purple kel. Milk-white inflorescences with a pinkish brown core.
How to multiply?
The reproduction of heather ASTR can be held in several ways.
Pretty popular way to breed ASTR. In this case, the seeds are laid in the ground in early spring. The soil must be predetermined, mix with peat, overworked compost and river sand. Blow the seed material by 1-1.5 cm and make a drop in a drip method – otherwise, the seeds will float together with water.
From above, the substrate should certainly cover mulch, it is best to use compost, it will protect the soil from cutting, and at the same time it will saturate with nutritional trace elements.
As the seedliness increases, it is necessary to neat the ground from time to time, remove the weed herbs along with the roots. The very first sprouts can be seen after 7-10 days. After the first full-fledged sheets, they need to be counted and seed for a permanent place.
If desired, it is possible to plant the seeds in the fall in a little frozen soil with a mandatory blowjob. From above sowing the earth should be covered with mulch from compost. The first sprouts will appear in the spring, and you can only achieve blossoms for the next year.
Dilute the Versekovoid Astra can be seeded. To do this, before planning, the seeds are soaked in a moistened napkin and planted in the prepared container to a depth of 0.5 cm. Sowing covered with a film and moves to a warm, bright place. From time to time you need to remove the film to ventilate the greenhouse.
Sprouts appear in about a week, immediately after that, the film must be removed. As soon as a pair of real leaves appears, seedlings are divened to separate containers.
After 2 weeks, seedlings should be contacted – for this, complex drugs or ammonium nitrate (1 g / l) are used, and after another 2 weeks are treated with superphosphate (1.5 g / l).
Division of rhizomes
In this case, the plant is digging along with the root system and is neatly divided into parts, after which each planting in separate wells, sprinkle with a nutrient substrate and watered.
How to plant?
Selecting a place for growing Astra is very important. This culture prefers the sun, so it is best to choose the unaccomposed parts of the Earth.
Best Astra grows on sand or clay ground. Keep in mind – the plant does not tolerate excess moisture, so at a high level of groundwater occurrence to grow a full-fledged healthy plant with high decorative characteristics you will simply fail.
Within 4-5 years after planning, the plant should not be moved to other places, but after it time is desirable to translate it – this will prevent the development of cultural diseases. Best of all under the Astra to divert the plots where the velvets or calendula grew. But the Earth in which there used to be gladioluses and tulips were not suitable for Astra, as these cultures create conditions favorable for the development of fusariosis.
In order to achieve early Astra flowering, it is best to plant her outdoor soil in the form of seedlings, usually a landing is produced in the first decade of May, when the threat of return freezers
Earth before planting you need to pour water, bushes need to be planted at a distance of 20-25 cm from each other, while there are about 50 cm between the rows. Immediately after disembarking, it is not necessary to water the arrest, as it is planted in a pre-moisturized land, but after a couple of days you can make the first watering.
How to care?
Versered Astra – Oddly Unpretentious Plant. Care rules are pretty simple.
- Astra should regularly water.
- Every month the plant requires nutritious feeding. Best of all, culture responds to mineral compositions and organics.
- To increase the air permeability of the Earth, the area around the bush should be loosen and remove weeds together with roots.
- All dried inflorescences and leaves need to immediately delete that Astra does not spend their life forces on them.
- Culture does not need shelter for the winter. To prepare for the cold, it will be quite enough to cut the ground part, leaving small columns with a length of 15-25 cm.
Versered Astra is often faced with mildew. Especially often, pathology occurs with a thick landing, as well as on the impoverished soil. For the resuscitation of culture should be used by the drug “Topaz”.
If the leaf plates are infected with the arms of the fungus, most likely, your pet collided with ring spidality. High efficiency in the fight against illness, the preparations “Fundazole” and burglar liquid.
With excessive revengery, as well as in excess of nitrogen-containing fertilizers, the heather Astra faces gray rot. Usually in this case helps copper.
In addition to diseases, Flewing Astra often becomes a victim of insect-parasite attacks.
Under the defeat by the web tick, experienced gardeners recommend using acaricides, good performance is characterized by the fan.
In case of nematode activity on leafy platinum Astra is noticeable whitish tubercles. All damaged fragments need to be removed, with a mass lesion – torture the plant and burn it.
Obviously, the Versekovoid Astra does not require much care, but nevertheless, for lush and long-term flowering, some rules of care need to observe.
Usage in landscape design
Verserecoidal Astra often use in landscaping of the household plot. It takes very popular due to its soil characteristics. Most often it is used for the design of rocaries and alpine slides, as well as for landscaping open park areas and flower beds, for the framing of garden herbs. Due to the high survival in Poletyny Astra is widely demanded to compile beautiful combinations with coniferous cultures.
Lightly heather Astra is very often combined with Iberis and cloves, and more tall – with Rudbecki and decorative yarrow.
Especially effectively, this culture looks in single landings, when its bushes form in the form of a cone or a ball.
Versered Astra is a culture with high decorative characteristics. Putting it on his plot, you do not have to give this flower too much time, but at the same time it will be for many years to please you with your beauty and a gentle smell.
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