VERBASKUM – SOWING OPEN GROUND AND FURTHER CARE – MY REVIEWS
A packet of verbascum seeds in a garden store caught my attention with its bright colors and unusual name. Having read in the description of the seeds about the unpretentiousness of this perennial, I decided to try to grow it on my site.
According to the instructions on the bag, I planted the seeds by direct sowing into the ground in May, superficially, sprinkled with a little earth. There were doubts as to whether the seeds would be able to sprout, given that they were quite small. However, the seedlings appeared quickly and so quickly that they had to be partially thinned out.
In the first year, I just watered the plants and watched how a rosette with leaves formed. I didn’t cover them with anything for the winter. And at the beginning of June this year I already fully admired the flowering of verbascum. It formed long flower stalks, from 30 cm to 50 cm, similar in appearance to delphinium inflorescences. The flowers themselves are large, about 2 cm in diameter, bloom in the morning, and by lunchtime the flowering is over. Since I planted a mixture of varieties, I was pleased with the colors: the candles were purple, violet, pink, and peach.
Later, having studied more information about this flower, I learned that verbascum and mullein are names of the same plant, which can be seen not only on personal plots, but also in the natural environment.
In our forest-steppe zone, just in the meadows, mullein is also found. This is a massive, about one and a half meters (sometimes higher) plant with bright yellow flowers, which are densely located on the peduncle in the form of a panicle. Yellow flowers with a dark red center are often found. As it turned out, there are about 250 varieties of mullein, in addition to which scientists, through selection, have developed a sufficient number of varieties. Everyone can choose plants by height, color, even leaf texture (there are also heavily pubescent varieties).
Verbascum has many other names: mullein, golden flower, ataman grass, royal scepter, cloth whip, bear ear, archer
Of course, I would like such beauty to please for as long as possible, but gradually, over the course of a month, the candle “burns out.” Small boxes with seeds remain on faded peduncles. For re-blooming, it is recommended to cut off the peduncle, and then the plant will form another one.
I have already practiced this with other colors and I will say right away that this method is not suitable for everyone, there are some peculiarities. In this case, I cut off most of the peduncles, leaving a few for the seeds to ripen, to see whether the descendants inherit the qualities of the parent plants or whether it is better to use the vegetative propagation method. Perhaps the verbascum bushes were not yet strong enough or the abnormally hot weather was to blame (although this plant loves well-lit, sunny places), but there was no re-formation of flower stalks.
Verbascum is truly an unpretentious perennial; it does not require excessive attention or complex care. It is even worth noting that my verbascum is planted not far from coniferous plants, which means that the acidity of the soil in this area is increased.
The only thing you should pay attention to when placing mullein on the site is protection from the wind. Tall varieties require a garter if the side is windy, so that the aesthetic appearance of the plant is not lost.
Next year I plan to place verbascum next to aquilegia and ornamental grasses.
VERBASCUM FROM SEEDS - VIDEO
© Author: Olga Igonina, Saratov region. Author's photo
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