Exotic beauty - knifofiya

By Admin | Landscape
22 May 2016

Many fans of unusual and exotic plants will agree with me that there are few inhabitants of our beds at the sight of the neighbors are surprised to be asked: "what is it you have such lovely?" Yes, everything is simple - it's my knifofiya!

This perennial has appeared on private land just a few years ago and with confidence is gaining more fans.
Tritoma berry is a perennial herbaceous plant height from 60 to 120 centimeters.Leaves linear, collected in the rosette, and foliage decorative even without flowering.A inflorescence in its coloring resembles a traffic light.Upper coral-red flowers, bottom - green-yellow.Inflorescence dense, spicate to 25 cm long.In spite of the abundant flowering, the seeds on the plants in the middle band never tied.But this disadvantage is offset by the fact that during the summer the plants form a set of subsidiary outlets.

knifofiya Propagated by seed or division of rhizomes.Seeds sown seedlings in March and April.Seedlings appear after 17-20 days.Seedlings dive into

boxes in June planted in a permanent place on the scheme 30x40 cm. Young plants bloom in the second - third year.The division produces a bush in late April - early May.

Care : autumn cut the flower stalks, but in any case, do not cut the foliage .The leaves must be linked to the bundle bend to the ground, sprinkle with peat or dry leaves, and then hide the spruce branches.Excessive shelter is likely damping off, so a way to shelter should be chosen according to the weather conditions of certain climatic zones.In the winter without snow is possible winterkill.It is best to overwinter plants receive regular fertilizing ashes.In the spring, remove the cover, all dry and wet should be cut (Vidocq is so-so), fill the mineral, the best potash.

The garden knifofii best planted in full sun.Appreciates fertile soil and good drainage .The surface around the plants should be zamulchirovat dark materials, it is recommended to spread around large rocks or to dig upside down bottles of dark glass thick (about 1/3 remained above the surface).Warming up for the day, they will gradually release heat plants. "Of course, the bottle would have to hide behind other plants, but in a way our climate will resemble knifofiyam their native South African.

Plants with clear contours, such as those knifofii with its straight inflorescences inthe form of rods, looks interesting in small groups than a shapeless plants, such as geraniums sprawling.