The host refers to many years of herbaceous plants of the Sparazhevy family. In the wild, it meets in the Far East, in Japan and in Southeast Asia. Previously, the genus of these plants was named the name of the funkiya, which was formed from the name of Botany from Germany Heinrich Putin. From European countries in the XIX century the largest popularity of the host has won in England. Today it is a widespread decorative plant, which is valued for beautiful leaves and trouble-free growing even in the most shaded places in the garden.
The host “Big Deddy” is a major hybrid plant, reaching a height of more than 60 cm, and in a width of more than 1 meter. From English Name Big Daddy translates as “big dad”. This hybrid was registered in the US state of Massachusetts in 1978. Big Daddy has a domed compact shape of a bush. Claudual dense leaves in the center of the plant are painted in a dark blue color and have a silver chalk bloom, but by the end of the season they are noticeably green. Length of leaves about 30 cm, width – 28-29 cm. Color paintings with a height of 70-120 cm appear in July-August, on the description they are whitish color, without drawing and do not smell. Flowers of Truskens or Trustees, usually collected in busy inflorescences.
How to plant and care?
Big Daddy’s host landing is wounded early in spring or autumn into a wide fitting hole, the use of compost mixture, humus, peat, sand. Growth kidneys must be at the soil level. It should be borne in mind that Bushes tend to grow strongly, so the hybrids should be planted at a distance of 60 cm from each other, after planting the ground near the plant, it is necessary to pour and inspire. This grade is not particularly demanding for the composition of the soil, however, preferably loose weakly acidic and moderately moistened options. The host loves moisture, but not dampness, drought adult plants tolerate well, since their roots penetrate the earth very deep.
These hosts prefer shady and sexual seats. They grow very slowly. Mineral fertilizers should be made periodically. Plants are well tolerated winter frosts, but in the fall, soil should be closed with insulation material, as the roots are superficial.
In general, this is a healthy plant, resistant to pests, the most dangerous of which are caterpillars and slugs.
Secrets of dilution
The reproduction of the host “Big Daddy” can be carried out in the following ways.
- Sowing seeds. This is a laborious process that breeders are most often used. Seeds are sown in spring into small pots to a depth of no more than 7 mm, then sprinkled with a layer of pearlitis and seal the ground. After a few weeks, when shoots appear, crops contain at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Picking should be carried out after formation of the first leaflet, and then gradually endure plants for a while on the street, passing to the sunshine. Sow seeds immediately in open ground can only be in early June.
- Shining. In May-June, young shoots of hosts with a heel cut off with a sharp tool. The leaves are cut by half, so that the juices are not evaporated. Then shoots in the shade or create shading. Water cuttings follows every day to complete rooting. Initially, they may look sluggish, but gradually acquire an attractive appearance.
- Division of rhizomes. This method is the main for the host. Strong 4-year bushes are divided in spring (from April to May) or in the fall (in early September). You can separate the planting material, without digging all the plant, but it is preferable to produce a division, completely digging the bush. The plants obtained in this way are planting at the same depth as the main host.
Application in landscape design
Host Big Daddy looks very beautiful when a single landing against the green of the lawn. It is ideal for flower beds and borders. This variety is harmoniously combined with not very high coniferous plants, as well as ferns, loyabilities, lupines. Big Daddy looks great when landing near reservoirs and in mountaineering among stones. This large host can be easily reduced high plants with unattractive leaves. The host “Big Daddy” is an unpretentious perennial. It has a very spectacular view, especially with a successful combination with other decorative plants. With proper care, these hosts can grow in one place for more than 20 years, being an exquisite decoration of the shady space of any garden.
Learn more about growing and caring for the host of the Big Deddy variety, see the following video.