Blue ball thistle - a real eye-catcher

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Thistles are not welcome in the gardens. At least not the wild ones. A real eye-catcher, however, is the blue globe thistle. She is even welcome in the garden.

A real eye-catcher: the blue ball thistle

Wild thistles grow like crazy and are often worse than dandelions. Since they are root germs, you will hardly get rid of them. They would have to tear out the entire root, otherwise they would come over and over again. But there are also thistles that you can buy extra and put in the beds. However, this is not the ordinary common thistle, which can be found on any meadow, but the ornamental thistle, also called Blue Globe Thistle.

The blue globular thistle flowers in the summer in a beautiful blue and extends their heads depending on the variety up to 120 inches in height. Because the ball thistle harmonizes with many bedding plants, it is particularly suitable for beds that are already planted in the lower area. So she can shoot up and take the upper area. You do not even have to do that much. The Blue Globular Thistle is extremely easy to clean.

This is how to plant the blue globe thistle properly

Location & Ground:

If you would like to bring the blue globe thistle into the garden, you should know that globe thistles love the sun. So you can choose a sunny spot in the garden. The important thing is that the soil at this location is not too wet. Dry earth is better. The Blue Globe Thistle thrives but also on sandy and stony soils very well.


It is best to plant the globular thistle in the fall, making sure that you plant high-growing varieties in the background and low-growing varieties in the foreground. It is also important that you install a rhizome barrier in the soil, so that the plant can not spread uncontrollably. In addition, keep a planting distance of about 50 cm.

After planting the globe thistles in the garden, it is only important that you water them daily for the first four weeks.

How to properly care for the blue globe thistle

Pouring & Fertilizing:

The globe thistle likes dry soil, but you have to water it. Once a week enough already. Unless it is very dry outside, then you should or should even water more often.

As for fertilization, you do not have to do much with this plant. It is sufficient if you fertilize the ball thistles in the spring. It is best to use full fertilizer.

To cut:

You do not have to cut the Blue Globe Thistle regularly. Only in late autumn, the stems are cut close to the ground. However, if you want to prevent the thistle itself from sowing, then you must cut off the withered inflorescences regularly.

Winter protection:

The Blue Globe Thistle is actually quite hardy. However, if you have planted them first, it is advisable to protect them from the cold in winter. Simply cover the plants with a layer of brushwood. If the temperatures fall below -10 degrees in the following years, then cover them with a layer of brushwood.

So you can dry the ball thistle

Ball thistles look wonderfully dried. For this you have to cut the inflorescences before opening. Then tie together and hang upside down in a shady and airy place to dry.

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