12 Review (s)

  1. Rimma Khlamova

    I like leukotoe. But on one of the; forums read that this plant is thermophilic. What conditions does he need in the garden? Are there winter hardy species?

    • OOO "Sad"

      - These are evergreen or deciduous shrubs of the Heather family. Accordingly, the conditions are needed, like heathers and rhododendrons. They thrive in light shade in fertile, drained soil that is free of lime. For planting, sour peat, sand, leaf humus (2: 1: 1) are usually mixed and phosphate flour is added (according to the instructions). Remember: dense soil and stagnant moisture will destroy the plant. In the middle lane, Leucothoe catesbaei can be grown. It is an evergreen shrub up to 2 m high with curved branches, flowers 4-7 mm long, which blooms in June. The species is not perfectly winter-hardy - the ends of the shoots can freeze slightly, and perennial wood suffers in severe winters.

      Gray Leucothoe (Leucothoe grayana) is a deciduous shrub up to 1 m tall, flowers in racemes (12 cm long) appear in June-August. Every year, 1-2-year-old shoots are frozen over, in severe winters - up to the root collar. Sometimes the plant suffers from frost in spring.

  2. Nina

    I'm not tired of enjoying the flowering of the heaths. Probably because I waited a long time, when they really show their beauty. And the reason, as it turned out, was just one, but an important mistake, which I allowed in their growing.

    The fact is that I planted bushes always in the fall. It was at this time - flowering! - they appear on sale. Planted in an open, sunny, sheltered from the wind place. Carefully prepared the soil. We have it heavy, clay, so we had to create a peaty-sandy, light, acidic layer (30 cm) of sand, peat and coniferous litter (1: 3: 2, pH 4,5-5,5). It is important not to slip the root collar when planting. But, despite my efforts, the plants did not always survive.

    If you plant bushes in October, they do not have time to take root well in the soil.
    Now I already know that the new plantings in the early years could save the mandatory cover with their spunbond. And I only threw dry leaves on them, not paying attention to the fact that the heather has a superficial root system, and the roots, especially the young ones, freeze. Now even under matured bushes in the end of September I poured peat, in case the frost burst early, but there is still no snow. And I hide the heathers somewhere in the middle of November, when the soil really starts to freeze.

    My conclusion
    Now I plant heather only in the spring. During the vegetative period, they take root, build up a strong root system and, most importantly, feeling the approach of winter, manage to complete the processes of ripening of shoots on time. And this is a guarantee that the winter will be successful, and next season I will admire the charming lilac-pink spectacle!

  3. Anna Dorozhkina, Kursk

    Planted heather in the spring in a good sunny place. He quickly conceived - one acquaintance said that it was he who burned out in the hot sun. I want to try planting again, this time in partial shade. Is it possible to plant heather in autumn? What soil is most favorable for him?

  4. Nikolay ERMIKOV, Bryansk

    Heather for a good sleep

    To get rid of insomnia, every summer I harvest heather. I cut off young shoots with flowers and land in the shade. Then I grind and store it in a cardboard box. With nervous overloads pour 1 art. l. dry raw materials 0,5 l of boiling water and boil on low heat 15 min. Insist, wrapped, 3 h. Then I strain and drink like tea during the day. Gradually nervousness recedes, it is easy to fall asleep.

    In addition to the infusion, I prepare a salad: chop the leaves of a green salad, feather onions, fill with kefir and podsalivayu. This dish also contributes to a peaceful sleep.

  5. Mikhail NAUMOV

    We reproduce the heather

    Division of rhizomes.
    This is the simplest and quickest way. In early June, the bushes are sprinkled with peat so that the root neck is immersed in the soil at 4-5 mm (as a result, active build-up of new roots will take place).

    At the end of summer, carefully dig out the plants. When dividing the roots of the bush, not shaking them off the ground, cut into equal parts.
    and. To get layers, ripened shoots in early summer, sprinkle with peat on 5-6 mm and fix with staples in the soil. In a year, these shoots will already have a good root system.
    Carefully separate the resulting seedling from the mother plant and transplant it to a permanent place.

  6. Svetlana POTEMKINA, Pskov

    Propagating the heather is easy!
    "Zest" of our site is a large flower bed with decorative heathers. I collected a pretty decent collection with flowers of pink, purple, red and white flowers. Under favorable conditions the heather heather is quite unpretentious, lives in one place for a long time, forming lush elegant curtains. The main thing is that the soil beneath them should be acidic, consisting mainly of peat, sand and overbid sawdust.
    Neighbors often ask me for planting material. I am happy to share with them, breeding heather with autumn layers. Often old branches themselves lie down and grow to the ground, releasing roots. This is practically ready planting material, it is enough to cut off the branch with a pruner from the mother bush and excavate the entrenched part. If there is no spillage, then at the end of the summer it is necessary to bend a mature shoot, attach it to the ground with a fork and sprinkle it with peat on 1-2. After a year, the brood will be ready for transplantation.
    Strongly overgrown old bushes can be propagated and rejuvenated by division. It is also better to do this in the fall, in September - early October. I dig out the bushes whole, gently brush off the soil and cut it so that there are several growth points on each dividend. I cut off the old stems.
    For the winter, young plantings should be better covered with peat, sawdust, fallen leaves. In the spring, the leaves will have to be scraped off, and peat can be left only by brushing off young shoots from it.

  7. Summerman, gardener and gardener (anonymous)

    Very popular in Europe heather for our growers is still very rare. But this decorative plant is able to decorate and transform any garden, and also perfectly fit into the home interior.
    Heather - lover of marshy soils, which by their nature are acidic, poor in various mineral substances and very moist. The optimum time to plant in the open ground is autumn (September-October) and spring (April-May). Pits are filled with peat moss. It can be replaced with a mixture of ordinary soil or peat with sand and fallen pine needles or sawdust (3: 1: 2). In the soil substrate, it is possible to add sulfur (100 g to 1 m3). Suitable and fertilizers based on acids and minerals, which can be scattered around the bush (feeding with time dissolve in the ground).
    Subtleties of landing
    When planting heather of low-growth varieties, 20 g nitrofoski and 30 g of horny flour are added to the substrate, 30 g nitrophosks and 50 g of horny flour are added to the substrate. The distance between plants - 0,3-0.4 m in groups or 1 sq. M plant 6-8 copies of strongly growing varieties and 12-15 weak ones. Depth of landing - 25-35 cm strictly to the level of the root neck.
    Saplings are best planted in open sunny places. On clay IP
    Shasty soils are mandatory drainage of sand and broken bricks in a layer of 5-10 cm. Immediately after planting, the plants are watered abundantly (5-6 l per bush).
    Water regime
    Heather is poorly developed root system: its roots are short, do not grow in depth. For this reason, the plant can not independently obtain from the ground a sufficient amount of moisture. However, the soil under the heather must always be moist. Water the plant in
    average once a week, in arid weather - more often. In this case, the water must be acidified. For example, apple cider vinegar (100 ml per 10 L of water), citric or oxalic acid (1 tsp per 3 L) and even electrolyte solution for batteries (50 ml per 10 L).
    With the onset of frosts (but not before!), The heather should be covered with burlap, and the soil around it should be covered with lapnika. In early spring, as the snow descends, the plant is cut off - the dead heads are removed. The bush will give young shoots and not turn into a shapeless broom. Heather grows fast enough. When the seedlings have reached 2-year-old age and become strong, they can be divided into separate bushes. With good care, the heather lives up to 40-45 years.
    The mulching will help to keep the moisture: after sprinkling around the bush, fill it with a thick layer (about 5 cm) with pine needles, spruce bark or small sawdust.
    We keep the distance!
    If you plant the heather seedlings too close to each other, the plant roots will intertwine. The transplantation can be disastrous for the heather.

    Mikhail NAUMOV, leading agronomist of the Botanical Garden, Gorki

  8. Claudia Shustova. Minsk region

    Last spring, the heather came out badly from winter. Young shoots stood blackened, without leaves, covered with a gray bloom. How can I avoid trouble this spring?

    • Claudia

      Most likely, it was gray rot, it affects the heathers more often. The reason is high humidity of air and soil. Suffer plants planted in places where the snow does not snow for a long time, the water accumulates in the spring. Often the heaths fall ill, which were sheltered for the winter, but with a violation. You can hide them when the temperature becomes negative, but also the soil. Otherwise, the heat coming from it will heat the air under the cover material. It will create exactly the conditions that mushrooms love so much.
      At the first signs of the disease, treat the plants "Topaz".

  9. Elena PROKOPENKOVA, agronomist-floriculturist

    Heather Calmia - Overseas bell
    This exotic from North America deserves a lot of attention of the flower growers. Calcium abundantly blooms in summer and early spring. In the midst of flowering, its large bells are gathered in large bunches.
    Places to plant should be chosen with a small shadow from trees or shrubs, although it can be sunny, but subject to regular watering and protection from the wind. Calcium does not tolerate heavy clay soils and stagnant moisture. In addition, it is very demanding on the nutrition of the soil and on poor soils it blooms extremely poorly. For normal growth, only acid soil is suitable, even weakly acidic is not suitable. Therefore, in the planting pit add foliar humus, peat and needles in the ratio 3: 2: 1. Water should be slightly acidified water, otherwise nutrients will not be absorbed.
    Propagation of calmia by vegetative and seed methods. In the first case, it is most common to use offshoots or root offspring. Cuttings are rarely used, as the process of rooting cuttings takes too long.
    Seeds of calmium ripen in the second half of October. They need stratification for 2-2,5 months. After sowing seeds are planted through 3-4 weeks. In the first year the seedlings grow so slowly that they hardly reach 3-4 cm by the end of the season.
    If small plants feel free, then they do not dive
    it is necessary. The next year, when the seedlings are moving into growth, they can begin to feed. At the same time, the concentration of fertilizer should be half that recommended.
    When young plants begin to branch, they can be transplanted into separate containers. And only to 4-5 years it's time to plant to a permanent place, and the first flowering can be expected only at the age of 5-6 years. But waiting is worth it.

  10. Summerman, gardener and gardener (anonymous)

    Do you know the word "pea"? Do you think that this does not exist? You are mistaken! This word is called the heather flower bed! You say that most members of the family hibernate poorly in our latitudes? But as in any rule, there are exceptions, so there are hardy species for our harsh winters. Heather is considered the most winter-hardy ordinary, the early varieties of which bloom in August and decorate flower beds until late autumn. Erica meat red (Erica sagpea), which blooms in temperate regions in late autumn and early winter (in central Russia in April), is inferior to it only in winter hardiness. By the way, plants of this species are one of the few that can grow on soils with a slightly acidic or neutral reaction. Four-dimensional and Cantabrian, or Irish heather, tolerate frosts relatively well under Eric's snow canopy, but they bloom in the summer, from June to September. So that our heroes do not freeze during snowless winters, in November it is still advisable to cover them with spruce branches. Important: all plants of this family must be constantly pruned after flowering. If this is not done, the bush below will quickly become exposed and its decorative effect will decrease.


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