Despite its tropical origin (and this plant came from Australia), a brachik can be confused with a large chamomile, if you look only at its flowers. But even here there is an interesting zest, according to which it is easy to identify a brahiky: in the center she has a small fluffy “forelock” that gives the flower such name. Brahikomu is grown mainly in the southern regions, but gardeners gradually populate more northern areas with this attractive plant.
What kind of flower is brachycom?
In a non-native climate, brachicome is grown as an annual plant. And in the southern regions, as well as in the case of planting bushes in easily moveable pots, it can exist as a full-fledged perennial plant. To date, many varieties have been bred, each of which has its own peculiarities in cultivation.
Iberic brachikoma is the most common form for middle-line gardeners. Not too high (40-45 cm) bushes, the tops of the stems of which are topped with flowers with lilac petals, which have almost no flavor, fit well into any landscape. Some varieties may have a more saturated purple or soft pink-purple shade. Iberist brachicum grow quite simple, especially given its resistance to cold. However, it is important to remember that it must be pinned along the top even at the seedling stage so that the bush does not stretch out, which usually negatively affects flowering.
The partitioned brachicome is valued for its ability to grow even in areas that seem to be not intended for flowers: she likes not only poor soil, but also sandy and stony. It is easy to grow, even in dry summer conditions, and small flowers with white or light pink petals are ideal to fill a large area with them as a background plant. The partitioning differs from the iberis brachikomy in the shape of its leaves: they are dissected in the center and more extended.
Brahikom: landing and care (photo)
If you grow brahikomu directly in the open field, it is likely that you will not need any transplants: you can immediately choose the optimal site for the bushes, and only occasionally carry out the plant care procedures - watering, feeding, etc. But if you need a pick, it is important to understand where to plant grown bushes. In any case, it will be the beginning or the middle of May, when any threat of frost will be far away.-
- The place for further cultivation of brachicomes is selected in the southern corner of the garden, not hidden by tall trees and buildings. Shrubs may occasionally be in the penumbra, but they feel best in an open meadow, perhaps even as a kind of “fence”, which is facilitated by the height of the plants. Direct sunshine does not frighten the brachicome flowers even on hot days, provided that the bushes are constantly sprayed.
- The soil is chosen identical to that used for seedlings: slightly acid, loose, in which moisture does not stand. Brachicome can endure several days of drought, but an excess of water will necessarily have a negative effect on the root system, where fungal spots can form. Additional feedings are not introduced into the ground, although once a quarter you can fertilize the land with a conventional complex fertilizer. However, most gardeners consider this measure to be in vain: the brachicom grows well even on poor soil, to which compost is added before planting.
- Watering, as already mentioned, almost does not require brachikome: it will not appreciate the frequent influx of water under the bush, but it will be glad to frequent the “soul” from the hose by dispersing the jet from a long distance or from a spray bottle. This way of refreshing it can be practiced up to 2 times a day, and it is enough to fully moisturize the earth once a week.
- Diseases and pests of the flower almost do not touch, however, some gardeners mention that snails sometimes attack a brahiky, if there is a reservoir nearby from which they can come. An ant invasion also happens, but not as active as on peonies. Both cases can be prevented by spraying on the bushes infusion of onion peel.
Despite the fact that it is often indicated that the brahikome bloom is extremely dependent on the amount of light and heat, gardeners are ready to challenge this statement: by the beginning of July, buds are opened even on late planted bushes, and this is in no way affected by the proportion of sun and the amount of precipitation. Therefore, even if summer in your region is far from tropical, the chances of full and abundant bloom of brachicomes are high.
It is even surprising that such an unpretentious flower, like brahikome, has not yet settled on every summer cottage. He does not need abundant watering, he blooms equally abundantly in dry and rainy summer, some of his species perfectly survive on poor and stony soils. If you choose a plant from which to start your activity as an amateur gardener, then this will definitely be brachicom.