The pyrethrum flower, or tanacetum, resembles chamomile, the petals of which can be of various colors, from cream and pale pink to bright red and burgundy. These flowers are perfectly combined with other ornamental plants - carnations, tulips, foxglove. However, they can also be used in single plantings. Especially beautiful they look surrounded by green shrubs.
Features of growing pyrethrum from seeds
The simplicity of this plant allows you to multiply it in all ways - and the seeds, and cutting division. Cherenova division is usually used in those cases if you plan to maintain the original color of the flower. Pyrethrum easily tolerates cupping and transplanting, so if you want flowers to grow on your site of a certain color, you can take both green and root cuttings. Pyrethrum is cold-resistant, this means that cuttings can be immediately planted in a permanent place.
If you decide to grow tanacetum from seeds, be prepared for the fact that when flowering, the color of the petals will be the most unpredictable. By the way, this does not detract from the merits of the flower.
Sowing seeds can be 2 ways - in open ground and for seedlings. Seeds for seedlings are planted in mid-March in order to transplant seedlings to a permanent place by the end of May. In this case, the probability is high that in July you will see the first flowers. Peretrum has rather small seeds, so it is better to mix them with sand, and sprinkle with earth a little bit on top. It is recommended to cover the sown soil with a film in order to maintain optimum moisture. After a week may appear the first shoots.
After 3-4 leaves are formed on the seedlings, they should be seated in individual pots and kept to grow for another month at a temperature of about 20 degrees. It will be the end of May, and the seedlings will be ready for planting.
If the seeds are sown immediately in open ground, then this should be done in early summer. Pyrethrum loves light and can not tolerate clay soil, because water is likely to stagnate on it. However, young shoots are very sensitive to direct sunlight, and the first couple of weeks they need to be shaded.
Pyrethrum: the details of planting and care
A photo of a pyrethrum flower is almost indistinguishable from a photo of chamomile, but in reality these plants are very different in their smell. Pyrethrum, among its other virtues, has a rather pleasantly tart aroma that scares off all sorts of bugs, flies, etc. annoying insects.
In our country, the most common are 2 species of this plant - feverfew, which can be grown as an annual or perennial flower, and feverfew, Robinson, growing from the seed of this particular variety is practiced most often.
- After planting in the open ground, attentive care is required for seedlings only at first, namely, they should be weeded, watered, it is advisable to feed them with mineral fertilizers. When the plant grows, it is no longer necessary to take care of weeding - feverfew itself suppresses weeds. But on how well the soil is moistened, depends on the intensity of flowering. It should be remembered that feverfew does not tolerate flooded soil. Ideally, after the rains, you need to loosen the ground so that the water does not stagnate and penetrate deeper to the root system.
- The flower is able to grow strongly, moreover, it is quite successfully propagated by self-seeding. Therefore, if you are not interested in thinning shoots every six months, it is better to immediately cut off the flowering buds. Another reason to do so is that in this case, feverfew may bloom and the second time this season - closer to fall.
- Pyrethrum tolerates the winter cold, it does not require any additional protection. Every 2-3 years it is necessary to thin out, because due to the strong growth it can stop blooming.
- No matter how feverfruit appeared on your site — growing from seed, self-seeding or as a result of dividing — it needs to grow in a well-lit place. Of course, in the shade the plant will not die, but it will lose the lion’s share of its attractiveness, as the stems will struggle to reach up to the light, and the flowers will become small.
Feverfew, or tanacetum, is attractive to gardeners because its flowers can be of a wide variety of colors, from pastel to bright. However, in order to grow this wonderful flower in your own plot, it is not at all necessary to be an experienced florist - the unpretentiousness of tantsetum allows even a person with very little experience in dealing with ornamental plants to do this.