Bacopa (photo) planting and caring for a flower
BACOPA SUTTER FLOWER - GROWING, PLANTING, CARE
Bakopa (another name is suter) - extraordinarily beautiful, abundant and long-flowering garden plant. It is unpretentious and gives so many delicate flowers that little can compare with its beauty. Bacopa blooms from June until the coldest, with some flowers replacing others. And if you spend a little time removing the faded buds, there will always be a colorful “hat” on the plant.
Bacopa can be propagated by seed, cuttings and layering. I must say that the seed method is too complicated and unpredictable. It is much easier to apply grafting. This can be done in the fall and spring. Cuttings of length 5-7 cm should be freed from the lower pair of leaves, powdered this place with “Kornevin” and planted in a moist loose substrate in such a way that the internode must be in the ground (the roots will begin to develop). From above I cover with a half-liter jar, which I occasionally take off for a short while to air. After the plant has taken root and begins to grow, it must be pinned for more tillering, I do it over the fifth leaf.
When breeding with layers, you need to put small cups filled with earth (for example, from yogurt) next to the mother bush.
Then take a sprig of flowers, remove leaflets in the place where contact with the ground is planned, press them to the soil in a cup with a bracket and lightly sprinkle with earth. Soon enough, the plant will take roots, and it can be separated from the mother liquor (just cut off) and put in a well-lit place under the jar.
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GROWING BACOPA IN A CONTAINER
I have repeatedly seen how bakopu successfully grown right in the garden, in a flower bed. But I, unfortunately, have no such experience, in my garden it always grows in hanging pots. They should be located on a pedestal, because hanging flower whip in length reaches 50, see. It is necessary to have pots in the garden or on the balcony in well-lit, sunny places, then the flowering will be lush and abundant.
In the autumn, after the dacha season is closed, I transfer my bakopa to the city and “prescribe” it on the glazed balcony, where it blooms safely until the New Year. In an apartment where the air is dry and hot enough in winter, she is uncomfortable; the flower prefers coolness and humidity.
After the New Year, I cut the bakopa, cancel feeding and water it only as the ground clod dries. There comes a resting phase for the plant. In the spring, when the suter wakes up and starts to grow, it needs to be watered and fed well, so that it can quickly build up the green mass. By the way, in the second year of Bacopa blooms much worse, so it is best to use this uterine bush exclusively for grafting and obtaining new abundantly flowering and lush plants.
WATERING AND SUPPORTING BAKOPA
It should be noted that most of all Bacopa is demanding of moisture: in no case should the earthen combo overdry. To prevent this from happening, perlite or vermiculite should be added to the soil for planting, which accumulate water in themselves and, if necessary, give it to the plant.
Due to the presence of a huge green and flowering mass suter requires enhanced nutrition. I feed my plants during the summer season every week, alternating peat oxide with liquid fertilizer for flowering plants.
Healthy flowers are not susceptible to disease. Of the most dangerous pests white-wing. Against her, I use Iskra according to the instructions.
Reference by topic: Annual flowers for growing in suspended containers
BAKOPA WILL NOT LEAVE ANYONE
Today, a plant such as bacopa is experiencing a peak of popularity along with petunia.
Bacopa (it is also sometimes called a suther) in Europe has long been a permanent resident of flower beds and alpine hills, but here it is not so common here.
The seeds of bacopa of the varieties Blyutopiya, Snow-utopia, White Peak that I purchased were sown on seedlings at the end of February. Seeds were enclosed in a multi-dragee. One dragee contained 7 seeds (and in total there were 5 multi-dragees in a pack). I distributed them over the surface of moist soil, slightly pressed them into the soil, sprinkled with warm water, and covered with a plastic wrap on top.
The first seedlings appeared in 10 days (the optimum temperature for seed germination is about 21-22 degrees).
During the period of seed germination, I monitored the soil moisture: both re-wetting and drying out should not be allowed.
Excess moisture is especially dangerous for plants, as it can lead to rotting of the roots. As soon as the first seeds appeared, the film was removed and the container with seedlings moved to a cooler place (16-18 degrees). I dived the plants when two true leaves appeared.
Please note: plants that have risen from the same dragee need to be dived in a heap (I did not separate them from each other).
Since bacopa is an ampel plant, forming shoots about 45-50 cm in length, I decided to plant it not in a flower garden, but in hanging baskets and containers. In my opinion, this is how the plant most fully displays its beauty. But in principle, the bacop can be successfully planted in open ground, as well as used for decorating and landscaping balconies.
In one pot, you can plant several specimens (at a distance of about 10 cm) for splendor and volume, it is also desirable to pinch the tops of the plants to stimulate the growth of side shoots.
When growing a plant in hanging baskets, keep in mind that you will need to water it more often, and you will have to protect it from direct sunlight. But even in full shade, the plant is also undesirable to place, otherwise flowering will not be so plentiful.
My bacopa bloomed in June with small flowers of pale pink, light lilac and white. By the way, there is an opinion that the varieties with white flowers are the most resistant to adverse environmental influences.
Although the flowers are small (about 2 cm in diameter), they are very delicate and lovely. And all the beauty begins during the period of mass flowering: the bacopa is simply strewn with these miniature flowers!
I want to note that flowering has its own characteristics: periods of abundant flowering are replaced by periods of rest (dormancy). Typically, the resting time of a plant is about 20 days.
Bacopa prefers fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils with a slightly acidic pH. Loosen the soil very carefully, since the root system of the bacopa is located superficially.
In autumn, you can move the bakopa into the house, you can settle on a glazed balcony, and in the spring proceed to cuttings.
Bacopa has a lot of advantages.
The plant looks unusual and very beautiful, at the peak of flowering it forms a luxurious continuous blooming ball, giving continuous undulating flowering until the fall.
The plant is resistant to adverse weather conditions. After downpours and winds, the decorative properties of bacopas do not deteriorate at all (unlike petunias). And also the plant easily tolerates drops and temperature drops to minus 4 degrees.
Unlike petunias, in which it is necessary to remove wilted flowers, the flowers of the bacopa fade and fall somehow imperceptibly, while new flowers bloom in their place.
The plant is resistant to diseases and pests (for example, I did not notice any pests).
© Author: Julia Kupina
BAKOPA IS A UNIVERSAL PLANT
Bacopa was a discovery in the world of flowers for me this year. This plant can be found under the names of su-tera or heart-shaped genostoma.
I saw seedlings of a flower with such an unusual name in a flower shop. The seller told me about the peculiarities of growing bacopa, its unpretentiousness and versatility (you can grow this plant in a flower pot or use it as a ground cover). And I bought one seedling. It was already late spring.
I decided to take a closer look at the flower as a ground cover plant and planted it in a permanent place in a flower bed. Just near the chrysanthemums there was an empty space. This plant is photophilous, but the midday sun can leave burns. And in excessively shady areas, the quality of flowering suffers, it is not so plentiful. I also took note that the bacopa loves watering. But at the same time, it is important that the water does not stagnate, otherwise the roots may support, rot develop.
My bacopa is well rooted and has put out a few shoots that are starting to bud. At this point, I pinched back the shoots to encourage the plant to grow luxuriantly.
If we consider bacopa leaves separately, we can note their beauty and sophistication. The leaves are small, ovoid, deep green with a clear serrated edge. The flowering of bacopa is very long - from the beginning of summer to the end of October (in the photo - its late flowering). The buds open constantly, only periods change, because after abundant flowering there is a slight decline, after which a new lush wave of flowering occurs. The flowers are about 2 cm, tubular, at the end they are divided into five white petals. Bacopa with white flowers is the most unpretentious to care for, but there are varieties with pink, blue, lilac colors and even with a terry petal shape. Interestingly, wilted flowers do not need to be removed, bacopa itself is cleared of them. If the plant stretched out and at the end of the shoots they began to form a little, you need to pinch again. When stiff shoots appear, it is better to prune.
This delicate plant is not afraid of rain. And after it, the flowers retain their shape and attractiveness.
The plant is a perennial, withstands small frosts (down to -5 ° C), which I have tested in experience. But in the conditions of our winter, it will not work to save bacopa for the next year even under cover. As an option - dig, transplant into a container and choose the right place for storage, where the air temperature will be 12 ... 15 ° C. It is necessary to cut off green shoots and further reduce watering.
Usually, in the second year of planting, adult plants begin to stretch, shoots become bare, fewer flowers form. Therefore, it is more convenient to save bacopa for the winter in order to make blanks from it in the form of planting material. Or grow it as an annual and, if desired, buy seeds again.
From the cut parts of bacopa, cuttings can be made for growing it as a houseplant. And I decided to prepare cuttings in the spring for growing bacopa in the garden: its root formation is good, as is its survival rate.
She noted for herself that bacopa can be used as a ground cover, but one plant is not enough to fill the site locally, several copies are needed.
Due to its monochromatic coloring, bacopa well complements and sets off other color schemes in the foreground.
In the future, I will try to grow bacopa as an ampelous plant in a flowerpot, adding lilac shades to the collection.
© Author: Olga Igonina, Saratov region. Author's photo
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I appreciate Bacopa (or the spreading suther) for a beautiful cascade of constantly flowering shoots and the ability to self-clean from wilted flowers.
It is just the perfect plant for hanging baskets!
I grew a bacopa from seeds that I planted at the end of February in a container with light soil, without deepening. I covered it with a transparent film and put it on the window sill of the battery. Daily ventilated and moistened crops. With the advent of the first pair of true leaflets, the seedlings drank into cups. And when long shoots formed on the seedlings, I began to pinch them.
TIP: At the end of winter, the bush loses its decorativeness, so it is better to use it for cuttings. Cuttings cut in February and March easily root in the sand.
On the May holidays, I “settled” it in containers and left the transplants for a permanent place in the greenhouse, slightly covering it with lutrasil.
In the summer I keep flowerpots with bacopa in the sun (there will not be plentiful flowering in the shade).
Twice a month I feed with a solution of complex mineral fertilizers (according to instructions).
In autumn, when I get cold, I transfer the bacop in the container to a room with a temperature of + 8 ... + 15 degrees. Watering sparingly, sometimes spraying.