Recently, Australian plants began to reach the Russian gardens and flower gardens. One of the first was gentle and elegant, with a pleasant evening fragrance, laurentia or isotoma, as it is called in botany.
Laurentia has delicate blue or lilac flowers, at first glance resembling a rich scattering of stars. Laurentia looks equally beautiful on a flowerbed as in a hanging pot. This can be seen in the photo of the plant. (photo here)
In addition, it is often planted in rock gardens, because its height varies from 10 to 40 cm, depending on the variety. It is worth adding that this flower grows with lush bushes, so if you correctly place the shades of blue and lilac shades, you can create whole carpets of "stars".
The process of growing laurentia is not too complicated, the main thing is to follow the recommendations below, then the plant will bloom not only in summer but also in autumn.
Memo-recommendation gardeners: how to grow Laurentia from seed
- First of all, it is worth noting that the isotoma grows rather slowly, so it is desirable to start planting seeds on seedlings as early as December. To do this, you need a box with soil, plant seeds in it, water and cover with foil. The greenhouse effect will help sprout sprouts in a month.
- When the first leaves appear, you can feed the plant with fertilizer. Before picking, you can once again apply fertilizer so that future star flowers are bright and lush, for this it is desirable to use complex fertilizers.
- After the sprouts have reached a height of 10 cm, it is necessary to make a pick into individual cups, in them Laurentia will be located until the transplant.
- Transplanting in the open ground beauty is only in May, because it is in this month that the threat of cold weather will pass. It is important that the soil in which the plant will bloom should be not only light and moist, but also fertile, and the place should be open and sunny so that the sun's rays fall on the flowers every day.
Some gardeners decide to plant a plant from seeds directly into open ground. This is also permissible, since the isotoma tolerates not only spring frosts, but also winter temperatures, as well as rains.
How to care for isotomy? Useful tips
In its homeland, in Australia, laurentia grows in swampy areas, so it needs to be watered often enough, since dry soil is not allowed for it. But there is no need to swamp the land, this only makes the isotome worse.
Favorite can wither only because of improper care. This includes not only the aridity or abundance of irrigation, but also the density or shade of the soil. In addition, you must regularly release it from weeds, then healthy specimens will grow for a long time.
An isotome, the cultivation of which is within the power of every lover of flowers, can grow in containers. In this case, it is necessary to water the plant more often, while avoiding stagnant water. Containers with star beauty are exhibited in gardens and rock gardens.
As for pests, it is safe to say: neither the slugs nor the snails touch the beauty, therefore, it does not need to be processed.
Isotome: photos of plants
In conclusion, it should be added that experts recommend planting Laurentia seeds on seedlings. This process, although more sober, but it fully justifies itself, as the flowers will bloom much faster. Also, you will not need to fear the appearance of severe frost.