This wonderful plant has another name, under which it is quite popular - Kuril tea. This name was not accidentally given. The thing is that the plant is very useful. It is equipped with a variety of vitamins and has hemostatic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Potentilla shrub rare instance can not be called. It is very often found on the territory of the Far East, Siberia, as well as in China, Japan and a number of other states.
The plant does not belong to those delicate crops that are so often found in our country cottages or in areas near the house. His unpretentiousness can only envy. Why? Yes, because the shrub palm does not require a special fertile soil, it and poor sandy soil will fit, it is incredibly resistant to frost and drought. Before the winter cold you do not even have to cover it in order to keep it capable of vital activity. No wonder the plant is typical for Siberia. It is very cold resistant.
In height, the silverweed shrub is not too stretched. The maximum that you will achieve from it is a meter and a half of growth. But it has a powerful crown and root system.
The cinquefoil is shrubby because of its five-toed fingers, and sometimes having triple branching, the leaves are also called the five-leafed.
Flowers appear on this plant not in inflorescences, but only solitary.
There are a number of species of Potentilla shrub. However, experienced breeders sort all these species into three parts depending on the color of the flower sepals. Thus, plants with white flowers belong to the first, red and orange to the second (by the way, it may not meet the red color, and the flowers will differ, slightly, pinkish), and the third is made by those plants that differ in yellow flowers. The latter group is most common in nature.
Potentilla shrubby loves sunlight very much, however, it will calmly react to a slight darkening of the territory. But due to the lack of coverage, the flowers will grow badly and develop. And the flowering period captures all summer and first half of autumn.
The use of Potentilla shrub
The cinquefoil shrub is not only useful and is used in native habitats precisely in terms of its benefits. In the middle latitudes, it is actively used in landscape design, for example, as a hedge. In group and single plantings, the silverweed shrub will also look pretty good.
The plant is of particular value for park or garden areas.
If you choose the place of a cinquefoil in the group planting, then it would be better to plant it in front. To bring, so to speak to the fore.
How to plant and grow Potentilla shrub?
You can plant it with the help of seeds, cuttings or branches.
If you take good care of the plant and cut off damaged, dry branches and inflorescences, then during the flowering period you will receive a copious amount of small flowers that will be an additional decoration of your territory. Seed viability is very high and reaches ninety percent.
Whatever breeding method you choose, remember to plant in well-sanctified areas. If the sun is extremely small, then grow, shinged, will not become.
It is not whimsical to the soil, but you can please it and prepare the top layer of soil yourself. To do this, it will be necessary to take leaf land, humus and sand in a ratio of 2: 2: 1. It is important to provide drainage. For these purposes, use pebbles from the river or pieces of brick. The drainage layer should be up to twenty centimeters, then it will be optimal.
If you plant a whole-leaf plant, the longest root should be shortened. Thus, you will define a program for branching the root system.
The depth of the pit for planting Potentilla shrub is fifty to sixty centimeters. There is a drainage at the bottom, we remember that. Above it poured nutrient layer of soil.
Better if you prepare the pit for landing ahead of time. Then the earth will settle down and settle down. This will be the best condition for landing.
Above the nutrient it is better to pour the soil from the top layer of the land that remained when you dug a hole.
Planting should be carried out in such a way that the root neck is barely covered with a layer of soil.
Between plants it will be optimal to leave a distance of ninety, and better, at one hundred and twenty centimeters. Such landing rules are good for small groups, for example. This allows the plant to get all the necessary nutrients from the soil and not interfere with the rest.
However, if you want to secure yourself with a colorful border, it will be sufficient to observe a smaller distance of thirty to fifty centimeters.
Planting is best in early spring in late March - early April. It is possible and landing in early autumn. The main thing is to give the plant time so that it can adapt, grow strong and rooted to the cold.
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Taking care of the Potentilla shrub is not difficult.
Fertilizers should be applied: mineral in spring, and rich in phosphorus and potassium - during the flowering period, even better before it.
Frequent watering is not required. Wakes enough to water the plant three times for the entire season. In the evening, you can arrange a light shower out of the spray. For one irrigation, it will be optimal to take ten to twelve liters of water.
The soil can be plowed, but not very deep. Sufficient depth to ten centimeters.
Remove weeds and damaged branches.