Cute delicate panicled phloxes of the panicled variety "Ural Tales" attract the attention of summer residents not only with their decorativeness and long flowering, but also with good frost resistance and strong immunity to diseases.
The variety "Ural Tales" is a perennial culture with bare and smooth stems, which can be used in various group or single plantings. Height reaches 70-90 cm. Flowering begins in late July or early August and lasts about 45 days.
The diameter of the flower is approximately 3.5 cm, the petals are light pink in color with white stains, in the middle a ring of saturated scarlet is noticeable. The edges of the petals are slightly bent up. The bush is compact, erect, with dense leaves. The root is powerful, has a depth of about 25 cm. The bright color of the flowers does not fade under the influence of ultraviolet radiation. Also a feature of the plant is the ability to grow rapidly. During flowering, the culture is pleasantly fragrant.
A favorable time for planting is early spring. The flower bed should be prepared in advance, namely, loosened and moistened. When choosing a landing site, you should not consider areas where stagnation of water is possible - increased humidity is harmful to the plant. It is best to choose a flower bed on a small hill, remote from the flow of groundwater.
Try to avoid places near bushes and trees - in such a neighborhood, phloxes will constantly feel a deficiency of moisture and sun. Culture loves sunny spaces, but in sultry hours it is better to hide it in partial shade.
Too much light can cause the petals to lose their brightness, and excessive shadow will lead to poor inflorescence.
At the first stage of planting, you should dig a planting pit of such a size that a seedling together with an earthen lump fit there without problems. Fertilizers are placed in the pit, mixed with soil and moistened. It is recommended to soak the seedling before planting for several hours in a growth stimulator. Before planting, you need to carefully smooth the roots and place the planting material in the finished hole so that the tip is 35 cm below ground level. The landing site is tamped and watered.
Growing panicled varieties is reduced to the following steps.
Watering and loosening
Timely hydration is an important moment in the life of a plant. A lack of moisture will negatively affect the health of foliage and flowers. The procedure should be performed clearly under the root and avoid droplets falling on the aerial part, otherwise this will provoke the appearance of burns and the development of the fungus. In hot weather, flowers are watered once a week, 1 bucket of water is enough for 1 m2. It is important that the ground is moistened by at least 20-30 cm. It is recommended to use warm water for irrigation. So that the flower bed does not become covered with crust, after watering, it should be loosened and mulched, in addition, this manipulation will avoid stagnation of moisture on the soil surface.
The vegetation period usually begins in April-June, during this period the plant needs fertilizer, for example, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, urea are suitable. In July - August, in the middle of the growing season, as an additional nutrition, you can use mixtures containing potassium and phosphorus, mullein, chicken droppings, Kemira Universal. In late August - mid-September, preparations are underway for the end of the growing season, and now phlox can be fed with a mixture of water, superphosphate and ash in the proportions of 10 l: 20 g: 1 tbsp. respectively. Feed only at the end of the day and do not overdo it with a serving - an excess of nutrients is harmful, as is their deficiency. If the fertilizer is dry, then it is used shortly before the expected rain.
Haircut is carried out in the fall in preparation for the winter. Depending on the region where the variety is grown, this is usually done in late September or October. Sometimes gardeners also carry out spring pruning of phloxes, but these measures usually pursue a decorative purpose - 3 new branches can form on the site of the cut shoot. There are 2 cropping technologies. The first (full) is a cut almost under the root, and the second (partial) involves the presence of the apex in length of about 10-12 cm. After the procedure, the culture should be treated with fungicides, and the cut parts should be destroyed.
Phloxes do not need special protective measures, because this variety is characterized by high winter hardiness. It is only important to carry out the above pruning. Some gardeners dig bushes for the winter and store them in the cellars, but this method of protection is quite laborious. To help the plant survive the winter easier, just fill it with a thick layer of a mixture of earth, manure and humus.
Diseases and Pests
Of the diseases, culture is most often affected by powdery mildew, this is due to excess water. Having noticed the first signs of an ailment, the affected leaves should be eliminated. As a preventive measure, it is recommended to treat the plant with a solution of soda or a weak solution of pesticides to combat fungal diseases. The main pest is the stem nematode. Under the influence of this insect, the leaves curl and the top turns yellow. An effective way of fighting is the mechanical cleaning of individuals. Nematofogin-A, Nematol, and Deprin also help, but it can be difficult to find.
To prevent planting, use well-rotted straw-based manure.
Use in landscape design
The variety "Ural Tales" looks very aesthetically pleasing in group plantings in combination with other varieties of phlox. It also harmonizes beautifully with conifers and exotic cultures. With flowers, you can “lay down” a whole garden “carpet”, or you can plant phloxes in the center of green plantings. Panicled varieties can be used in flower beds of various types and are an excellent design solution for the design of borders.
About how to grow panicled phlox Ural Tales, see the next video.