THE HEAT-LOVING BELAMKAND IN THE OPEN GROUND
Tell us more about growing belamkanda. How to propagate a plant? Is it possible to leave to winter in open ground?
BELAMKANDA - DESCRIPTION
- Chinese belamkanda is also called home iris. It is not for nothing that flower growers have become increasingly interested in this plant lately: with its xiphoid, fan-shaped leaves, it resembles an iris, and with six-petal flowers it resembles a lily.
Each flower lives only a day, but there are many of them in the inflorescence - they bloom one by one. Thanks to this, flowering, which begins in late June-early July, stretches for 1.5 months. The color of the petals is bright yellow, white with purple spots, red. Ripe fruits look like blackberries. They are decorative but not edible.
BELAMKANDA - LANDING
Belamkanda prefers a sunny place with a light nutrient soil of a neutral reaction, without stagnant moisture. It is better to plant a plant in late May-early June, when the threat of return frosts has passed.
At the bottom of the hole, drainage from expanded clay or broken brick is poured, on top - a layer of soil with the addition of biohumus and complex mineral fertilizer. The flower is planted, leaving the root neck at ground level, and watered. In the future, moisturize only in prolonged heat and drought.
WINTERING AND SHELTER OF BELAMKANDY
Belamkanda without shelter tolerates a drop in temperature only to -15 degrees. In the gardens of the middle lane, it winters well if the landing site is chosen correctly (warm, sunny, dry, closed from the winds) and the roots are protected by a layer of peat or spruce branches.
The choice of locally produced seedlings and the application (starting from August) of phosphorus-potassium fertilizers also increase the chances of a successful wintering. In more northern regions (Siberia, Arkhangelsk, St. Petersburg), belamkanda is grown as a houseplant or dug up for the winter, transplanted into a pot and kept in a cool, dry place with minimal watering.
BELAMKANDA - REPRODUCTION
Propagated by division of rhizomes in spring (in the southern regions - in August-September) or by sowing stratified seeds in February. The first full-fledged flowering of seedlings occurs in the second year.
Reference by topic: Belamkanda (photo) or tiger lily - growing
SOWING BELAMKANDY - VIDEO
© Author: Anastasia YENTSOVA, agronomist, landscape designer, St. Petersburg
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