The bell or platicodon - growing and care
Platycodone Homeland: East Asia, Plant type: herbaceous perennial, Family: Bellflowers, Illumination: Light penumbra, Soil: Loose, drained
Watering: moderate, Temperature: cold-resistant, Flowering: July - August
Height: up to 70 cm, Reproduction: by seeds
A wide-bell or platikodon is a spectacular plant, surprising the beauty and color of its flowers.
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Peculiarities of Platycodone Growth
The plant very badly tolerates the transplant, so it is desirable to grow platycodone from the seeds.
Seeds are sown in early March in a small container with soil for seedlings, to a depth of 0,5-0,8 cm, under the film.
I put it on the south window, because the seeds begin to germinate at a temperature of 18-20 ° C.
By the way
To prolong the flowering of platycodone, it is necessary to regularly remove the faded flowers. If you do not, the plant loses its decorativeness and looks untidy.
Shoots and picking wide-bell
Shoots appear through 2-3 weeks, unfriendly, but firm.
With the advent of shoots I remove the film.
further with the plant no trouble, except for timely irrigation.
Dive the seedlings after the appearance of the first pair of real leaves in a larger container.
Platikodone planting in open ground
By the time of planting in the ground (in late May - early June), seedlings have 5-6 leaves. I plant platicodons in the evening or on a cloudy day, shade for the first time. I place the plants at a distance of 20-25 cm from each other.
Platicodon is best planted in light penumbra - here he and the flowers will grow larger, and the color will be brighter. In the bright sun, his flowers become smaller and deformed.
As necessary I loosen and water the plants.
I do top dressing 2 times during the summer. The first - after 10-15 days after planting (organics). The second - during budding (complex mineral fertilizers).
In autumn and spring
In autumn, the stems of the plant die. I cut them to the ground - in this form, the flower goes to winter.
In the spring platikodon does not hurry with the shoots, therefore it is necessary to work neatly in those places where this flower is planted.
© A. Chumak. Barnaul
PLATICODON - GROWING, PLANTING AND CARE. FLOWER TIPS
ADVENTURES OF MY PLATICODON
I love daisies and bells very much - for them I always find a place in the garden. And one of the most beloved was the wide-bell, or platikodon, which in Greek means "wide bowl."
This rather majestic perennial with a height of 50-60 cm blooms during July-August. If you remove faded "heads" in time, preventing the seeds from forming, flowering will be longer. I grew platicodone from seeds received as a gift for participating in one of the shares. Sowed them in March in the house.
For sowing, I used light peat soil with added sand (2: 1). Shoots appeared after 2 weeks. I watered it gently from a special narrow “bottle-drinking bottle”, where I inserted the long part of a regular ballpoint pen (by unscrewing the top cap). It turns out conveniently and targetedly - for each seedling.
As with most plants in seedling age, waterlogging for platicodone is detrimental. In May, she landed in open ground, choosing a sunny place with some protection from the winds. The soil is breathable with the addition of humus, coniferous litter and sand. Young plants transplanted well and bloomed in late August.
Managed to share
Despite the fact that platikodon has a root root, I tried to dig and divide it. Did it in the spring. Everything turned out, but it was necessary to monitor the soil moisture, to support a stimulating drug of root formation (according to the instructions). In the first summer, the shoots were low - the plants ached and took root. Delenki bloomed the following year, but until the state of good bushes grew several more years.
FOR THE NOTICE
The bell is winter-hardy, it does not need to be covered for the winter. After wintering, shoots appear late, more often at the end of May. Therefore, the soil in this place does not need to be dug in search of sprouts.
Since the plant comes with pink, white and blue flowers, I select the neighbors in accordance with the color (not only by height).
© Author: Irina GORODKO, St. Petersburg. Photo by Valentina BONDAR
PLANTING PLATICODON - VIDEO
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