Video: Growing Phlox Drummond - Phlox Drummondii
They say that even the light flies to the constellation closest to the Earth for several years. But do not believe the scientists - there is a constellation that itself can come to you. This is a flower. And his name is Drummond Phlox. It is a small plant with a maximum height of 40 cm. But what flowers! … They really look like stars.
Drummond's phlox (Phlox drummondii) is a member of the Polemoniacea family. His homeland is the south of the USA, the territory of the state of Texas. At home, it is a perennial plant, but in our area the cold winter does not allow growing it for longer than one season. Nevertheless, with us this flower has taken root perfectly as an annual.
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It is a herbaceous plant up to 40 cm high, rather compact, highly branching. The flowers are 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, collected in corymbose inflorescences, reaching a diameter of 12-15 cm. Color from white to dark red, monochromatic or variegated. Blooms profusely from late June to October. After the flowering of individual flowers, the decorativeness of plants decreases slightly.
It is a light-loving and heat-loving plant, but it tolerates slight frosts. In autumn, only flowers are damaged from the first frost, while plants remain green and bloom again when warming. It grows well in all climatic zones of our country.
Drummond's phlox grows and blooms especially well on fertilized loamy and sandy loam soils. However, this phlox should not be fed with fresh manure, since the plant develops a vegetative mass and does not bloom. It is better to feed with well-rotted and fermented manure and mineral (primarily phosphorus) fertilizers.
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Does not tolerate stagnant water, and with a lack of moisture, it branches poorly and blooms early, but inflorescences form low-flowered and does not bloom for long. In the shade it is very elongated, weakly branches, blooms late and blooms poorly. For better tillering, it is recommended to pinch over the fourth or fifth pair of leaves.
Drummond's phlox is propagated by seeds, sowing them in boxes in March-April. The seedlings are thinned out, leaving 15-20 cm between the plants. The seedlings dive three at a time into pots or cubes with a diameter of 9 cm, less often into greenhouses. They are planted in open ground at the end of May at a distance of 20-30 cm from each other.
Flowering begins on average eight weeks after sowing and continues until frost. Seeds can be harvested by yourself, collecting yellowed fruit-boxes and covering them with paper.
This phlox is used for planting in arrays, on flower beds, rabatkas, in borders, groups, on balconies, less often for cutting.
Agree, this is perhaps one of the most beautiful flowers in our garden! And yet it is very unpretentious and easy to grow, believe my experience. No wonder he in one of the competitions got into the top five in the nomination "the easiest annuals to grow". Good luck with your gardening business!
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