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Dog tooth? What a weird name for a plant, right? Why she is so called and how you can plant and care for the dog's tooth, read here.
The filigree flowering dog tooth is one of the lily family and is ideal for growing in semi-shade, like under trees and larger shrubs. His almost fragile flowers in rosé, yellow and white, but also intense violet, attract all the attention pretty quickly. The flowering period extends mainly from April to May, but partially beginning in March.
But why is this plant called so funny? Quite simply: His somewhat outlandish name received the Hundszahn due to its onion shape, which is very similar to the tooth of dogs. Here is all the information on how to properly plant and care for the dog's tooth.
Plant dog tooth
The hardy dog tooth loves the humus rich, moist, extremely nutrient-rich forest soil, which is why it also counts among the forest flowers. In addition, you can plant this plant easily in the immediate vicinity of the proliferating ivy. You can also do the dog tooth yourself in the lawn, e.g. within a so-called flower meadow, insert.
Generally you should put the onions of the dog tooth already in the autumn about 5 to 7 centimeters deep (distance approx. 5 centimeters) into the soil, so that in the coming spring already first small perennials with their wonderful pretty flowers can call attention to themselves. As a rule, it is sufficient if you only plant the dog tooth once on site, because it then multiplies by itself via seed formation and daughter bulbs. However, transplanting individual perennials or bulbs to another location can always be done in the autumn.
Maintain dog tooth properly
Unfortunately, the extremely robust, up to 15 centimeters high growing dog tooth in our gardens is relatively little known, although it is one of the extremely easy-care plants in the garden. Only the following care measures are necessary:
The Hundszahn needs only a permanently uniformly moist, humus rich soil, so you should pour it on warm summer days in the morning and evening when needed. If the dog's tooth dries out, it does not bloom and can even dry up completely.
Furthermore, it is sufficient if you provide the Hundszahn in autumn with fresh compost. Additional fertilization is usually no longer necessary.
➤ mulching ground:
On top of that, the soil around the canine tooth is also covered with mulch. This retains moisture and provides the plant with additional nutrients.