ARGIRANTEMUM: WITH CHAMOMILE TO FREEZE
Do you want to have in your garden a charming chamomile that blooms all summer long until late autumn? Then pay attention to argyranthemum - this hybrid has appeared recently, but is already beginning to gain popularity.
Despite the difficult to pronounce name, this stunted plant with delicate foliage and chamomile flowers is quite simple to grow and care for. Previously, it was attributed to the chrysanthemum family, but in recent years it has been singled out as a separate species. Argirantemum hybrid propagates only vegetatively, that is, by cuttings. Forms compact fluffy bushes up to 40 cm high, blooms from June until frost. Flowers are white, pink, yellow, burgundy. The plant looks great both outdoors and in pots.
ITS SEEDLING ARGIRANTEMUM
It must be said that the seedlings of argyrantemum are not cheap. Therefore, it is better to buy it once, and then reproduce it yourself. In the middle lane, the flower does not hibernate in the open field, so our task is to preserve it until spring.
To do this, in September, before the onset of cold weather, I take cuttings from it. I root it in the same way as petunia: I pour peat mixed with perlite into a container, moisten it with water and plant the cut shoots there, having previously removed the lower leaves. I cover the container with foil and leave it in the greenhouse. In just a week, the cuttings take root. After a couple of weeks, I plant them in separate pots and send them for the winter (in room conditions). Rooted cuttings tolerate winter well (I even manage to cut several dozen more plants from them).
ARGIRANTEMUM ON THE CLUMB
I plant argirantemum in a permanent place in the spring after the threat of frost has passed. The soil should be loose and moisture-consuming. The plant is quite unpretentious, loves the sun, but does not tolerate drying out, therefore regular watering is required. I fertilize every 10 days with any complex fertilizer for flowering plants with a predominance of potassium and phosphorus. I cut off the wilted flowers - this way I stimulate further flowering and preserve the neat appearance of the flower garden.
Argirantemum can be used to decorate curbs, rockeries, alpine slides. This season I planted it in a composition with vegetative lobelia and ampelous verbena. It turned out to be a gorgeous flowerbed!
CROSSING ARGIRANTEMUM - VIDEO
© Author: Galina MONASTYRSKAYA, Rostov region, Yandex-Zen "Flower farm"
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