Clove grass is a fairly unpretentious perennial plant. This flower attracts connoisseurs of beauty with a beautiful and long flowering that will delight the eye with bright single spots on a green leafy pillow. To get such beauty, you need to follow the rules of planting and caring for cloves.
According to some sources, the name “carnation” comes from the word “crown”. This is probably why grass cloves have always attracted the attention of representatives of the wealthy estates. Indeed, the grass grass diamond looks very impressive in the foreground of the mixborder and rockeries.
Compared to garden cloves, the grass does not look so elaborate, because its flowers contain fewer petals. The length of the stems of the grass can reach 40 cm, the leaves are sharp and linear, the flowering is pale pink or bright red. The roots of the plant are usually short and branched.
The obvious advantage of cloves of grass is unpretentiousness. This plant can grow under natural conditions, while most other varieties require constant care and watering.
Growing this perennial plant is not particularly difficult: it is enough that the air temperature is above 15 ° C. It begins to bloom in early summer, with a period of opening buds of 40-45 days. Thus, it is best to start landing from May to July.
If you want to plant a flower for seedlings, this must be done in March.
Carnation grass, planting which is carried out in a light, loose soil, loves light. Therefore, it is best to place the plant on an open fragment of the site. Stagnation of water should not be allowed, since this phenomenon will adversely affect the flower.
The grass grows well on non-acidic fertile soil. She is not afraid of the cold, so she can not be harbored for the winter. To plant seeds for seedlings, you need to take turf soil, a small amount of sand and peat. The ratio of peat to land should be 1: 1, and not much sand is needed. When you have prepared these ingredients, you can plant the seeds. To do this, you need:
When the first sprouts appear, it is better to place the container with seedlings in a slightly colder place (with a temperature of 12 ° C) with good lighting. If the sprouts will receive a little light, they need to be watered no more than 2 times in 7 days. When the first 2 leaves appear, you can begin to dive seedlings. In this case, between the rows, an interval of 3-4 cm must be observed.
In April, the sprouts can be transplanted into separate boxes without deepening the root neck. When 5 leaves appear on the seedling, pinch the growth point. By the 15th day of the month, you can begin hardening the plants in the fresh air without drafts. By the end of May, you can plant cloves in the soil, observing a distance between plants of 30 cm.
Clove grass, with age, may lose its appearance. The peculiarity of this variety is that it can propagate not only by cuttings and seeds, but also by dividing the bush. This method is as follows:
Most often, gardeners resort to the propagation of grass by cuttings, which is rational to use for perennial types of cloves. For rooting, shoots are used, the length of which is no more than 9 cm. In late May and early June, you can begin to propagate the plant. To do this, follow these steps:
Reproduction by seeds for perennial carnations is not used, since it is impractical.
As for leaving, the grass does not require it. It is only necessary to fertilize and water the soil occasionally. The plant should be protected from rodents. There are two ways to do this:
The second way is safer. It will also be preferable if you have a dog, as it can accidentally eat a poison bait.
In open space, flowers are exposed to dampness, which contributes to the development of diseases. In addition, cloves are afraid of excess nitrogen and a lack of potassium, so they can not be fed with nitrogen fertilizers and fresh nitrogen. High potassium mixtures are best used.
Perennial clove grass is most often affected by such diseases:
To reduce the risk of disease, do not plant clove grass in the grass next to tulips and lilacs.
It is also worth avoiding too high soil moisture, which can lead to the appearance of fungi. To combat pests, the earth must be regularly dug up and loosened.