Stcevola - perfect bushes
An elegant and festive showpiece is one of the most underrated flyers. Although the size of the bushes of this beauty is modest, but flowering is just a sight for sore eyes. Unusual flowers fan out the whole bush into a lacy cloud. And today the pure shades of cold color that are fashionable today offer to admire the richness of lilac, purple and blue flowers. But the main trump card of the scyvola is not the flowering effect at all, but its abundance and duration. Tirelessly and without interruptions, this crumb is capable of decorating with itself balconies, ampels, and flower beds. In addition, growing stsevola is not at all difficult.
- Stcevola is an abundantly flowering sissy with a difficult character
- Conditions, comfortable stcevole
- Caring for the sun
- Pests and diseases
- Breeding methods
Stcevola is an abundantly flowering sissy with a difficult character
Tsevola, or Skevola (Scaevola) Is an ornamental flowering annual that can compete not only with lobelia, verbena and sage, but also with the common favorites of petunias. And though not by the size of the flowers, but by the beauty and massiveness of flowering so precisely.
Once you have planted this summer in your garden, it will be impossible to refrain from replenishing the collection of varieties and the constant cultivation of a magical summer in the future. After all, the stsavola will surprise anyone with both the abundance and beauty of flowering, the details of which need to be examined more closely: it is not by chance that the stsavola earned the nickname of a flower fan.
Stcevola is an Australian exot that appeared with us relatively recently, but is actively used by gardeners around the world. Of course, the plant itself is a full-fledged herbaceous perennial. But the abundant and relentless flowering for many months so depletes the bushes that it is much more productive to grow the stsevola as an annual crop.
Stcevola is traditionally called an ampel plant. But her decorative talents are much more diverse. Of all the representatives of the genus Scaevola, only one type is used in garden design and urban landscaping - nice vision.
Tsevola pleasant (Scaevola aemula) Is an actively branching and bushy plant about 40-50 cm high, which develops in the form of an almost perfect ball or sphere. Due to the naturally dense bush and the surprisingly flexible, easily moldable shoots, the stsevola is considered an “exemplary” summer for the formation of blooming balls and ampel clouds.
But even in soil, it looks like a hemisphere or ball. The leaves of the scapola are lanceolate, quite large (up to 9 cm) grassy green and, in general, completely inconspicuous. But they create a luxurious pillow for flowers thanks to its rich color and beautiful scalloped edge.
The diacetal flowers in diameter reach only 2-2.5 cm, often limited to a much more modest diameter. But due to the fact that they do not bloom singly, but in inflorescences, it seems that the scythe is one of the most generously flowered annual flowers.
But the main feature and pride of the scapola is the outlandish shape of the flower. They are asymmetric, one-sided, all the petals are collected on one side of the tube, forming a kind of fan, or a semicircle. Each flower of the triceps is kept on the plant for about 2 weeks. And while the flowers are collected in inflorescences with an "empty" center on the tops of the branches, creating bizarre twigs and perfect circles.
How at the same time each flower can be so perfectly arranged with its petals outward, it remains a mystery of nature. A fan flower, a fairy, a fan - as soon as a tsevola is not called. But one thing is certain: this Australian beauty will not leave you indifferent and is able to surprise even experienced collectors.
The color scheme of the plant is limited by cold and light shades of the blue-purple spectrum. The gentle and pure tones of lilac, lilac, blue, blue, purple and white varieties seem delicate and touching-modest, but very catchy.
In landscape design, the trunks are used as:
- lush accent and bright summer for decorating balconies and terraces;
- similar to a flowering cloud of ampelous culture;
- a unique landowner, able to decorate the garden with solid color spots;
- a wonderful accent in the company of plants with red and yellow flowers;
- universal flyer for filling empty spaces, correction of compositions;
- decorations for lawns, boring flower beds;
- soloist in mini-groups and flower beds from summer books;
- landscaping of slopes and supporting walls;
- design of stairs and steps.
Conditions, comfortable stcevole
Stcevola rightfully earned the title of a typical pilot according to the requirements. This is a sun-loving culture, which should be given the sunniest areas in the garden. If you do not grow it with an eye on color spots and bright accents, loss of color and its blanching are not critical for you, then you can use stsevola for landscaping even areas with partial shade and light shade.
The number of flowers in the scyvola from less light will not change, but here the color and size will be inferior to competitors growing in sunny places.
One of the main “trump cards” of the Australian beauty is called excellent weather resistance. Despite touching fan-shaped flowers, the stsevola is not afraid of getting wet, or drafts, or even winds.
It is more than easy to pick up the soil for the scaffold. This beauty will feel comfortable in any nutritious and well-drained, water- and breathable soil. Heavy clay soils will not suit her, as well as badlands. But stsevola feels great on loose soil, raised platforms, supporting walls.
Potted and ampouled stsavols can be used to decorate both shaded and sunny places (but good lighting is still preferable). But the soil for the container can be chosen more carefully. The tsevol will bloom profusely only in universal fertile substrates, composed on the basis of soddy soil with domains of sand, perlite, peat and humus.
For her, usually used ready-made mixtures for flowering plants, intended for indoor crops. It is imperative for this flyer to lay a thick layer of drainage and make sure that the pots and ampels are equipped with high-quality drain holes.
Caring for the sun
This summer book does not tolerate excess moisture and too much watering, stagnation of water and waterlogging of the soil are categorically not permissible for it. But the stsovola does not like drought, reacting to it by reducing the number of flowers, and sometimes by completely stopping flowering.
If you want your stcevola to become that blooming ball, then it is better to provide it with a systematic but attentive watering. Perform the procedures sparingly, given the weather, only when the soil dries out and there is a risk of complete drought. For a scyvola growing in open soil, it is enough to conduct a deep drink of the soil once every 5-7 days in the absence of rain.
In summer, potted scytols are watered daily, allowing the upper and partially middle layer of soil to dry in a pot. Water quality for this plant is also very important. Stcevola does not like hard and cold water and it is best to water this summer with rain or soft water.
Long and lush flowering of the scyvola cannot be achieved without regular top dressing. From the moment of planting potted stsavol, it is necessary to start feeding the plant, introducing a portion of full mineral or fertilizers intended for flowering crops every week (the concentration recommended by the manufacturer is reduced by 2-3 times). But for the scyvola growing in the soil, the feeding strategy should be completely different.
If the stsevola has been planted in fertile soil, feeding may not be necessary at all, or 2-3 feeding may be applied per season (budding, flowering, and a few weeks after the second feeding). On poor sandy or rocky ground, top dressing is adjusted to the frequency recommended for potted plants.
It will require trimming and pruning. The bushes will only seem perfectly round when they are not allowed to let out elongated, twisted shoots. From the very beginning of growth and throughout the growing season, do not be afraid to pinch the tops of the shoots, not allowing the bushes to deform. Too long branches can be safely cut. But on the other hand, you can forget about removing withering flowers and inflorescences forever: this yearbook will get rid of them on his own, always looks great and well-groomed.
Pests and diseases
The tsevola in the garden is practically not sick, but the juicy and attractive greenery of the summer fly often attracts pests. The ubiquitous aphids and whiteflies are especially active in the vicinity of indoor plants taken to the garden. For scapola, prophylactic spraying can be used. If the plants become infected, try to start the fight against insect pests as early as possible by spraying with insecticides.
In the triceps, both apical and stem cuttings can be cut, which root perfectly under the film in any loose substrate (provided that stable humidity is maintained, of course). Cuttings can be cut throughout the summer. But since young scyvols begin to grow only in the fall, the classical cuttings method will require growing plants indoors.
After rooting, move the tsevola to the standard wintering conditions for heat-loving tubing - to a room with good lighting and an air temperature of about 10 degrees Celsius. At the same time, they begin to form and pinch.
Watering at this time should be quite scarce, not allowing the soil to dry out, but supporting it only in a slightly wet state. In May, the plants are again transferred to open air and planted either in a permanent container or in the soil. There is another strategy - the preservation of uterine plants for the winter in a room with a temperature of 12 to 15 degrees, sparse watering and cutting of cuttings in early spring.
Stsevola seeds can be grown only through seedlings. Seeds have been sown since March, at any convenient time, in a nutritious loose substrate with a small layer of soil on top. It is enough to cover the crops with film or glass, place them in a warm place - and friendly shoots will please you in a week.
As soon as they grow to a few leaves, the stsevola can be peaked. As you grow plants, you should definitely pinch.