Flowering, very delicate Brachycome lately undeservedly forgotten gardeners. But this plant is distinguished by its undemanding care, and it has very beautiful flowers that can decorate any garden plot.
Brachicoma is an annual ornamental plant which is very beautiful and cute. It is characterized by resistance to drought and is a member of the Aster family. This flower is originally from Australia.
Brachycome in the southern regions of the middle latitudes can be grown as a perennial, while their life expectancy, in this case, will be approximately 3 years.
This flower is not resistant to frost and can not survive the winter, in this regard, gardeners living in colder areas, grow it as an annual.
In this case it will be necessary to annually grow Brachycome seed seedling method, however, all the efforts and strength of the gardener will be rewarded at a time when the plant will start to bloom.
Flowering in this plant is very lush and long. From one small shoot gradually formed a thick Bush, which blooms many fragrant flowers (about 100 inflorescences). The plant blooms in July and ceases to bloom in September.
If the seeds for seedlings to be planted early, then Brachycome may begin to bloom in June. Flowers can be painted in a variety of colors depending on the variety, for example purple, lilac, pink, blue, white, purple with a middle of black or yellow color.
Externally, the flowers are similar to the asters of non-sugar varieties.
Watering should not be too frequent and abundant, because such a culture prefers dry soil. If the ground is constantly wet, it can cause the death of Brachycome.
The plant feels great in a well-lit area, and this is due to the fact that its homeland ― hot Australia.
How To Feed
Throughout the summer period, such a culture will need only 3 feedings. To begin with, the bushes are watered with any universal fertilizer in a weak concentration, and then the soil surface around them is sprinkled with a thin layer of wood ash.
In order to increase the splendor of the Bush and the abundance of flowering, it is necessary to make a pinch of its top. To prolong brachyscome flowering time and make it even more abundant, it is necessary to remove the faded inflorescences in a timely manner.
Soil-plant needs very loose. In this regard, the soil surface around the bushes should be systematically loosened. However, such procedures should not be carried out too often.
If you wish, in September, you can dig up clumps of Brachycome, put them in flower pots and transfer into the room. However, before this, if necessary, it is necessary to collect seeds.
The collected seeds, if there is such a desire, can be sown in boxes in September or October. With good care and ensuring that appropriate for growth Brachycome conditions, it will bloom in the winter, but in the house.
Therefore, this culture is recommended to pay attention primarily to those who have a winter garden or greenhouse.
Diseases And Pests
Brachicoma is characterized by sufficiently high resistance to diseases, as well as to harmful insects. However, when growing such a flower can be difficult.
Rotting Of The Root System Or Stem
This can happen due to the fact that Brachycome was provided with very abundant or frequent watering. Also, this problem often occurs in wet, rainy summers. Such a plant prefers to grow in dry soil, in this regard, when it is planted in the open ground, do not forget about a good drainage layer.
Began to rot, the plant can still be saved. To do this, it should be transplanted to another place, while in the wells it is necessary to make a good drainage layer. During transplantation, do not forget to cut off all affected areas.
In the bushes, Brachycome relatively often settles gastropods ― snails. In leaf plates they gnaw holes of various sizes, they are the main sign that there are problems with snails. To save the plant, make a manual collection of pests, which are then destroyed.
Also, the bushes can be treated with special tools that scare off gastropods. However, it should be borne in mind that chemicals can harm the plant.
The whitefly is a flying winged insect with white wings. This pest reproduces relatively quickly. If he leaves his feces on the plant, they will corrode the surface of the leaves and shoots. The larvae of this pest suck plant juice from the plant.
Most often, these pests are infested with indoor flowers. To get rid of them, you need to use special chemicals. However, the whitefly settles on this plant is relatively rare.