Under the complex and little-known name "helihrizum" hides a flower, known to almost every gardener - the immortelle, belonging to the Astrov family. This neat and fragile plant with its more common name immediately answers all questions about its cultivation. It is resistant to most adverse events, and, moreover, lives in a very long cut.
Helihrizum: growing from seed at home
Despite an impressive list of positive qualities - resistance to drought and rain, long-term flowering, which is not afraid of light frosts, growing a solarium can not be called a very simple process. Seeds often only multiply its annual species and varieties, and perennials are much easier to grow by grafting. However, practicing gardeners have long found an approach to each variety and type of this plant.
At home, ampelous helihrizums are often grown, characterized by weakly branched stems up to 25 cm in length, at the ends of which baskets of inflorescences are located. The flowering period - from late spring to mid-summer, feels best in the sun, as a result of which pots are placed on balconies and window sills on the south side, and also require soil with low acidity and frequent application of mineral fertilizers. Winter in the apartments is transferred without problems, but on the street the ampelous helihrizum needs a dense "blanket" of coniferous branches and leaves.
Growing a helihrizum at home begins with its sowing in March (for rare varieties at the beginning of April) for seedlings, for which moist soil from the classical garden soil with sand and peat, with a predominance of sand, as well as large boxes is necessary. Seeds crumble arbitrarily, far from all will sprout up, so you shouldn’t strongly fear that they interfere with each other at this stage. At the same time, sprouts are hatching as early as 9-10 days, and they quickly gain strength, because after 5-6 days they can be swooped down into individual cups or small containers of 4-5 pieces, keeping a distance of 20 cm.
Despite this, the cultivation of helihrizums both at home and in the open field is definitely worth the effort, if you like dried flowers and cut bouquets. The plant can stand in a vase without water for more than 30 days, especially if it is dried in a cool room. But fresh flowers will delight with opened bouquets both on the plot and in the pot until mid-October, if strong frosts that are dangerous for the long-term helihrizum are not hit.