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Not so long ago our grandmothers couldn’t come up with a decorative grass to plant a grass,
.beautiful, in the flower garden, it was believed that it only hinders the growth of useful plants. But times are changing, and decorative cereals have taken a worthy place in our gardens. Superiority among them beauty, no doubt, takes the emperor. Unpretentious perennial grass, with its bright crimson leaves will decorate any garden area.
A general description of Imperat's
is cylindrical - this is one of the species of the whole genus of cereals, which is commonly used in ornamental horticulture. The adult plant is very beautiful, has a bright color, while it is undemanding in the care. The grassy emperor was also called the “red lightning” for erect, hard, high foliage and an unusual bright red color. Broad leaves with pointed tips at the base of narrower. The imperative blooms quite spectacularly: it produces feather-like thick panicles of silver color, remotely resembling an ear.
In wild form, the plant grows in South-East Asia, in the Caucasus, it loves sandy soils and places near rivers. In culture, in gardens and parks, the Imperat Red Baron variety is widespread. It grows up to forty centimeters in height, although its young leaves may be bright green, but as they grow they become red in color, and at the end of summer they become completely bloody.
Planting and caring for an imperator cylindrical Red Baron
If there is already a collection of cereals on the plot, not only traditional green but also yellow, the bright red leaves will add the necessary accent to your landscape design.
For rare cereal, it is preferable to purchase planting materials from reputable stores, as in this case one must be absolutely sure that a high-quality plant has been purchased.
True, the emperor Red Baron is quite possible to look after some experienced gardeners. This cereal overwinters in cold climates perfectly, and there are almost no problems with it.
In order for your grass to retain its traditional decorative element, it is crucial to choose a good place for planting. The grass withstands light penumbra, but it becomes bright red only in a sunny and open flower bed. Planting and caring for an imperative cylindrical Red Baron presents no visible problems, but it grows rather slowly. In the third or fourth year of life, the plant becomes tall and acquires a characteristic reddish tint.
The soil should be drained, the grass does not like places with stagnant moisture. If the drainage is not enough, the plants can rot roots. However, the rest of the planting is carried out in a simple traditional way:
- Large holes, they should be made twice as large as the root system of the seedling.
- At the bottom of the pit need to put compost.
- After the compost, mineral complex fertilizer is required.
After the preparatory work, the young sapling of the emperor the Red Baron should be put in a hole, covered with earth, watered and tamped. After the place around the planting is mulched with a small layer of peat( about three centimeters).
The plant is not too fond of moisture, but on hot summer days it is best to water it abundantly. Also intensive watering is needed in the spring, when young shoots are formed. Although Imperata is cylindrical, it does not tolerate stagnant water, but prefers intensive watering.
In the fall, the plant should be pruned, leaving pieces of leaves about ten centimeters from the ground. Just before the onset of cold weather, you need to additionally mulch your decorative grass. If in the fall or at the end of summer green shoots appear on the plant, they should be cut out immediately, not allowing them to grow much, otherwise the appearance of the bush will be hopelessly spoiled.
When you begin to transplant a cylindrical emperor, you need to ensure that the earth is constantly wet, but not very wet. This plant takes root badly in new places, if the moisture is low, it will die.
Reproduction is carried out by simple division of an adult bush. The division process itself is carried out, at a time when the bushes have grown abundantly, and in the middle they have begun to grow slightly bald. The following should be considered:
- The best way to propagate cereal in spring.
- The plant should be dug up by the roots.
- Care must be taken not to damage the root.
- . You can neatly divide a part of a dug out plant again.
During the summer and spring, the plant must be fed two or three times. Very fond of the imperator is the cylindrical Red Baron mineral fertilizer. However, if the soil in your garden is fertile, then the plant can not be fertilized at all. Particularly pleased that the red grass is not afraid of pests or diseases.
You do not need to force this plant to bloom. The grass of the emperor is not in the wild, but in the cultural environment almost never blooms. The plant already has a great decorative value due to its bright foliage.
In the landscape design of
In late autumn, when all garden plants have bloomed, the grasses continue to delight with their bright colors and attractive appearance, and therefore at this time of year they play a dominant role in the garden. But the imperative cylindrical Red Baron is not only why our gardeners are so fond of: the geometric shape and picturesqueness of the leaves creates a special emphasis on the decorative flowerbed.
The plant is very suitable for a small garden. A great background for the imperative is green hvoyniki and bushes with large leaves. Looks great red cereal next to the creeping juniper. You can grow this plant in a container, which for the winter is brought to the veranda or winter garden. In the autumn season, the grass of the emperor in a pot looks extraordinary against the background of falling asleep nature.
This kind of cereal is almost always present in the classical Japanese garden. The plant looks great on the emerald lawn in the idea of a single planting. The emperor can be planted in the middle of the flower bed, making it the center of the original composition.
If you have not yet figured out how to decorate the small shore of the pond in the garden in an original way, then the ideal option is to plant the Impera Red Baron, especially taking care of it is simple. The bright red leaves of this plant will turn your pond into a fairy tale.
So, if you are a beginner gardener and want to immediately make your resting place spectacular, then plant an emperor. The plant never hurts, no problems with it, but it looks superb, delighting bright red leaves to the very cold.