Aubrieta - bright and lush on sandy soils
The first half of spring is stingy with flowering plants. Yes, primroses are already pleasing, but there is a very special plant that cannot be touched. It is a perennial evergreen groundcover of shave. I think those who saw low pillows, or, as they say, the jackets of this plant during flowering, probably wanted to have it in their garden. And I hasten to please you, shaving is a very unpretentious and easy-to-care plant. How to grow auretus in a garden plot will be discussed in this article.
Stones, sun or light partial shade - the best conditions for shaving
Aubrieta loves the sun, at least that's what most gardeners think. In fact, as my experience shows, it grows quite well for itself, looks and blooms in partial shade (not too thick, of course). From these premises, proceed from the idea of planting it on your site. I grow it in two places: under the old, but pretty thinned apricot and in an open sunny area. I don’t see much difference.
A dense cushion about 10 cm high of light green, slightly pubescent oval leaves of obrijet is gradually covered already in the second decade of April with hundreds (or maybe thousands) of small, about 1 cm in size, flowers.
Depending on which sort of shaving you choose, in April this “pillow” will turn pink, purple, violet, blue or even white. The view is amazing, you can see the plant from afar, to the envy of neighbors and passers-by. Flowers completely cover the plant, and they last a long time.
As I said, it grows on my site in two places, but what unites them is stones and soil. Aubrieta looks great near stones, it seems to smooth them and harmoniously combines with the rest of the landscape. Plant shaving on stony hills, rock gardens, near retaining walls - this will be the best solution for your landscape design and for the plant itself.
The fact is that obrietta also benefits from stones. Heated by the sun, the stones give extra warmth on cold nights and dry out excess moisture. And she doesn’t like excess water, just like she doesn’t like rich, manicured soil.
The secret of lavish habitation - poor soil
That's about the soil is worth telling especially. At my current site, the conditions are ideal for shaving: there is a lot of sun, the soil is poor and sandy, water does not linger. And if some crops require a lot of labor and materials when planting (peat, compost, vermicompost, hydrogel - all this has to be done for the normal growth and development of the same hydrangea), then the aureta is glad that it has, and makes me happy.
But I had experience cultivating the Aubriet and in the conditions of rich, generously manicured soils. Until the area under it was very diluted with sand, nothing came of it. She is not something that did not bloom, but did not want to grow. Therefore, for shaving, shaving artificially deplete the soil, moreover, with a margin away from the center of the planting, because it gradually grows in breadth.
Since the root system is shallow, it is not difficult to do this: remove part of the soil deep into the bayonet of the shovel bayonet, and pour sand in its place. Add some filmed ground. Proportions approximately: 1 part of the earth on 2-3 parts of sand. You get a loose and not very nutritious mixture through which water will pass without delay. What you need to shave.
Moreover, during the season 2-3 times this same sand should be poured around the plant (mulch) and even sprinkled on top.
It is worth considering that the sheath does not like acidic soils, rather, on the contrary, it is slightly alkaline to its taste. Therefore, if there is an excess of acid in your area, before planting it is necessary to neutralize with dolomite flour or garden lime, in general, those materials that are sold in garden stores for these purposes
After flowering is finished, they shave, and it lasts 30–40 days, the plant is worth cutting. This will increase growth, avoid the formation of ugly bald spots and cause a second wave of flowering, but in the fall.
How to propagate the shaving?
Where to get such beauty? There are two options. Propagate shaving by sowing seeds. There are a lot of them on the "green" market, different varieties and colors of both flowers and leaves. In principle, it is not difficult.
True, if you sow small seeds of shaving immediately in open ground, then you can lose among the weeds inevitably climbing in spring. It is better to sow in the tank directly on the surface of wet soil (soil, as when planting, with sand). Cover with glass or plastic film and wait for seedlings.
Some florists for more amicable and strong shoots shave, put for 10 days in the refrigerator, carry out a kind of short stratification, but this is not necessary.
Shoots will not take long to wait, then they can be peaked into separate containers, or you can let them grow together and further, so as a general group and then planted in the ground. Those who complain about the poor germination of the seeds of обbrita are most likely dealing with low-quality seeds (more precisely, with unscrupulous producers).
The second option for the breeding of obrit is vegetative. You can try to root the cuttings (they take root), but this method did not work for me. But you can share the bush. Moreover, despite the recommendations to do this very carefully and carefully, I do it “anyhow” every year, but only in the spring. Autumn attempts were unsuccessful; dividends disappeared by spring. The bush is dug out by a shovel (the root system, I remind you, is shallow) and is torn into several parts by hand.
That's what is really very important with this method, it is regular watering for the first 2-3 weeks. When do they share them? It is at the time of flowering that they are shaved (it’s easier to sell on the market), and the temperature at this time is gradually creeping up. Therefore, watering is carried out regularly, but without stagnation of water. It is necessary to ensure that the soil around the plant is constantly a little moist. That's all wisdom.
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Perhaps aubrieta is not suitable for everyone, because there are several factors with which it will not put up: acidic, heavy soils, little light and a lot of water. But if you create suitable conditions for it, then it will grow without worries and hassle.
By the way, shaving well combines not only with stones, but also with other plants. And what blooms at the same time with her? Phlox awl-shaped, alissum rocky, cinquefoil. Moreover, the combination of purple with yellow or purple and pink looks good.
In general, try it. Shaving me once fascinated me and this charm lasts for many years.