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Video: Growing A Common Bead
Coix lacruma-jobi - an interesting herb for decorating borders
Recently, I have taken a great interest in the cultivation of ornamental grasses, which noticeably change the appearance of the garden plot, giving it a natural look and creating a special mood. One possible way to liven up and decorate your garden is to plant a bead in it.
Common bead (Coix lacruma-jobi) is a perennial, but here it is grown as an annual ornamental grass. This plant is native to Southeast Asia. The bead forms a compact bush 50-60 cm high, its leaves are wide, light green, similar to corn leaves. The most original in this plant is the inflorescences that emerge from the axils of the upper stem leaves in the form of spike-shaped brushes with long legs.
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Male and female flowers are in an original arrangement - they are in a solid spherical frame. Bead fruits are very hard, like a stone, they are also called plant pearls, from which beads and various jewelry are made. The ideal location for this plant is sunny, the soil is fertile and well-drained. The bead looks best in group plantings or as a border plant. It is responsive to organic fertilizers, hygrophilous. Propagated by seeds. The seeds of this plant are large, hard, ovoid and spherical, smooth and shiny.
I will share my experience of growing a busennik. I sowed its seeds in half-liter cups with loose fertile soil - one seed at a time to a depth of 2.5 cm. The seeds all sprouted: the first shoots appeared in two cups a week later, in the rest this process lasted another week. The seedlings grew vigorously, once, two weeks after the emergence of seedlings, I fed them with complex fertilizer. I planted seedlings in a flower garden in May, planted the plants in a group with a distance of 40 cm between them. Over the summer, my bead formed a thick erect stem about 60 cm high and with leaf blades 1.5-4 cm wide, bloomed in early July.
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The inflorescences were very peculiar, they grew from the axils of the leaves in bundles, and their thin legs were crowned with "beads" with bunches of spikelets. We constantly approached these interesting creatures, looked at them, touched the "beads", admired them. The bead was blooming profusely, and there was something mesmerizing about the way its beads sway in the wind. Flowering continued in September.
The soil under the bead was fertile, and he did not need additional fertilizing. If you decide to plant this original plant in your garden, I advise you to choose a good place for it and a suitable company from such plants as gatsania, mimulus, sanvitalia, adonis, verbena, godetia, iberis, mesentriatum, mattiola, nemophila, memesia, rudbeckia, phlox, chrysanthemum, catharanthus, and then it will become the pearl of your garden.
I can offer everyone the seeds of all the plants that are mentioned above, and I will also send a catalog of many other interesting plants. For a reply, send a self-addressed envelope and one blank. Write to the address: Brizhan Valery Ivanovich - st. Kommunarov, house 6, st. Chelbasskaya, Kanevsky district, Krasnodar Territory, 353715.