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Many truckers popular handsome, with a pleasant aroma flower Iberis, planting and care whose photohas many interesting aspects. He is unpretentious in breeding, easy to care for, blooms throughout the summer. They are decorated with alpine slides and masonry, make out flowerbeds, lawns and garden paths. Iberis is suitable for growing in containers, gardening terraces, loggias and even to decorate a wedding bouquet.
A native of Spain, Iberis is a semi-shrub plant with lush thickets. Branched shoots can grow in height( up to 30 cm), and trail along the ground. The bush has oblong dark green leaves and inflorescences baskets containing about 40 buds.
Iberis blooms profusely and is accompanied by a strong aroma. The first flowers open in May or in August, flowering lasts two months. Because of the numerous inflorescences of a flower, the leaf mass is not visible, and the plant itself is often compared to clouds. Bud color can be of different shades, but white, pink, lilac, and purple petals are most common. On the photo flowerbed of iberis flowers in full glory.
Iberis is a good honey plant. After flowering, it appears small pods with a large number of small seeds inside.
Growing and planting iberis
Plant removal can be done in three ways.
Seeds of iberis are sown directly in open ground after cessation of frost to a depth of 10 mm. The first shoots appear after 2 weeks. Thick shoots must be thinned, leaving 15 cm between shoots.
In order for the plant to bloom all summer, you need to know when to plant iberis. Cultivation from seeds of different varieties can be carried out in two stages with an interval of 3 weeks.
This method is used to obtain seedlings by early May. Iberis seeds are planted in a container with loose soil in late March. They are scattered on the surface and sprinkled with river sand. To obtain greenhouse conditions, the container is covered with glass, placed in a bright and warm place. Watering the seeds is done as needed with a sprayer. The first shoots appear after 10 days.
For iberis, transplanting is detrimental, therefore, seedlings should be planted on a flowerbed with the utmost care and with a clod of earth. The hole for planting must be deep so that the root part of the germ fits freely in it.
This method is conducted in the autumn. Cuttings are cut into fragments 12 cm long and planted in pots of soil. Greenhouse conditions are created for future seedlings. Planting iberis in open ground and care will be done in the spring of next year.
To plant a plant is necessary in loamy or stony ground, which will not allow moisture to stagnate. For planting should choose a site that is well lit by the sun.
All Iberis varieties are unpretentious and do not require special care. But still it is worth adhering to some rules:
- it is necessary to water a plant moderately and only in arid weather;
- to feed iberis is allowed twice for the whole summer with mineral fertilizers: the first time at the moment of sprout appearance, the second - during the budding period;
- remove faded flowers and buds after flowering, trim the stalks as the bush grows should be one third the length;
- the space around the flower should be regularly cleaned of weeds, then the flowerbed with iberis in the photo will be well-groomed and beautiful.
Iberis is prone to self-seeding, so young plants will appear near the bushes after flowering. It needs to be removed or can be used as seedlings.
In addition to annual plants, there are perennial iberis. Grown from seeds, in the first summer it is limited to modest inflorescences. Full color and rich aroma gives the plant only in the second year. Iberis perennial varieties are cold-resistant and adapt well to the conditions of mountainous terrain. But the resistance to cold of each particular grade is better to learn from the instructions.
In order to have a well-groomed look in the flowerbed and on the Iberis perennial all summer, the flower should be cut off the faded stems. When the plant reaches the age of five, iberis bushes need to be seated, otherwise the inflorescences will become small and the plant will lose its decorative appearance.
A special feature of frost-resistant Iberis varieties is branchy stems. Creeping along the ground and intertwining, they create an air cushion. Keeping warm and not drying the ground, it guarantees a good winter when there is no snow. But for greater safety, it is better to cover the shrubs for the winter with coniferous spruce branches, and sprinkle leaves on the surface of the ground. Planting and care for iberis perennial photo is the same as an annual plant.