Platikodon - the perennial grassy plant belonging to family of bell-flower family. In the nature they can be met in Eastern Siberia, China, in the Far East and also in Korea and Japan
Features of platikodon
Platikodon - perennial grassy plant. Its flowers have the form of hand bells and differ in bright coloring. They can be single or form small inflorescences. Flowers of platikodon rather large also have 5-7 cm diameter. There are several types of perennial. White, blue, violet or even pink shades of flowers, inflorescences are characteristic of them.
The plant reaches 20-80 cm in height depending on the grown-up grade and features of leaving. It begins to blossom from the middle of July and fades only 1.5-2 months later. On the place of flowers the boxes filled with seeds are formed. Collecting seeds is carried out in September when fruit stems completely dry.
Landing of plant
The most preferable is reproduction of platikodon seeds. The planting stock can be bought in specialized shop or to collect independently if on the site this look already grows. Reproduction of perennial cherenkovaniye is possible, but only very experienced flower growers manage to make it.
Landing to seedling is made at the end of February or the beginning of March. Before planting seeds, it is necessary to place them in gauze bag and to lower in water for 2 days. Further it is necessary to land them in the capacity filled with the moistened soil, having powdered with sand layer. In week it will be possible to notice emergence of the first shoots. When at plants 3-4 leaves are formed, they need to be seated on separate small pots or tanks. Care for seedling consists in regular scarification and watering. It is necessary to make watering in process of drying of the soil.
It is recommended to replace seedling to the open ground at the end of May or the beginning of June. Loam with sand impurity is ideal for this plant. Soil has to be slightly damp. Before landing of platikodon it is recommended to introduce organic fertilizers to the soil. It is possible to introduce also mineral fertilizer and wood ashes. The size of holes has to exceed a little the size of pots in which grew up seedling. Platikodon not really well transfers change therefore it is important to place him in holes together with earth lump.
Leaving for platikodony
Leaving for platikodony consists in regular watering. Seedling planted to the open ground is recommended to be watered daily for the first 2 weeks. Further it is possible to pass to 2 waterings a week. At the same time it is worth taking into account and weather patterns. It is regularly recommended to loosen the soil around plants and to delete weeds. To reduce the number of weedings and waterings, it is possible to zamulchirovat the soil.
Platikodon praises on introduction of complex fertilizers. From the middle of spring and prior to the beginning of fall it is necessary to feed up him the special structure intended for the blossoming plants once a month. Bushes of platikodon have one feature - over time they are extended that has an adverse effect on their decorative effect. To protect attractive exterior of plants, to make them more magnificent, it is recommended to prishchipyvat the top escapes. If platikodon after all it was extended, it needs to be tied up to support. It is possible to apply special inhibitors to delay of growth.
Platikodon is very resistant to various diseases. Damage of root system by rodents and also defeat by gray decay can ruin them. As preventive measures the experts advise not to forget about fight against rodents and not to allow stagnation of moisture on sites of growth of bushes. If flowers after all have begun to decay, better to remove and destroy the damaged bushes, and to process other landings copper vitriol. It is not recommended to grow up platikodon on the same site longer than 10 years.