Gämswurz (Doronicum) - care, cut

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Gorgeous yellow, remarkably high. Gämswurz or Latin Doronicum orientale decorates flower beds, stone and cottage gardens. Since change leaves cost and effort, perennials such as gum root are often more attractive. They are perennial, manageable in their costs and need less care.


In addition, they are suitable to decorate barren areas in the garden with a yellow flower abundance - in a short time! A little bit of attention and care should be given to Gämswurz.


The Gämswurz is satisfied with a partially shaded to sunny location. But watch out for a nice nutrient-rich soil. Does the soil contain much lime and clay? Perfect, because these are the optimal conditions for a strong growth. It should not be too boggy, which means you should not over-pour. Waterlogging is pretty much the only thing that Gämswurz is very sensitive to. When planting a distance of 30 to 40 cm should be observed - they are perennials that can spread quite wide.


Gämswurz is a flowering shrub that does not need much attention. After all, it is common in Europe as a wild plant. Dry flower parts should be removed regularly. As a result, the plant invests its power in new flowers. Since the perennials can reach a stately 60 cm, they also offer plenty of attack surface for rain and hail. Twisted and damaged parts of plants should be removed immediately after bad weather.
Casting is best in moderation (only young plants need a little more). The watering is not so easy if you do not want the perennials to bend over. Highly recommended is a spray hose that waters comfortably from the ground. Water also in the early morning, because in the evening wet soil attracts snails.


  • The first cut takes place in the spring (February-March), because G√§mswurz is very early in the year, a first flowering: Cut now about hand-high back to benefit in the warm months.
  • A really strong pruning you should tackle in autumn: Heavy pruning here means a shortening almost to the ground, so that the growth in spring can start quickly.
  • Otherwise, the care for this year ends in autumn: G√§mswurz is resistant to frost, unless it reaches record levels. You usually do not have to worry about wintering.

Properly support perennials


With perennials you always have the additional care option of a perennial support. Especially wind, weather and sometimes even your own weight put the high plants to. If you are proud of a particularly gorgeous gum root and do not want them to fall apart, there is a simple remedy. You can start when the plants are small and young. Now it is very easy. Support rods made of wood (or bamboo) or made of plastic coated metal are suitable.
Tip: If you use green rods, the posts will not look any more annoying later and blend optically with the perennials. Insert several sticks around your gum root into the ground. The rods should be about as long as 3/4 of the maximum height of growth: In Gämswurz about 45 cm. Then tighten one or two strings around the bars as reinforcement. It results in a small "enclosure".

Pests and diseases

In the world of pests Gämswurz has virtually no enemies. Much moisture could lead to powdery mildew at most, which reveals itself as white, floury spots on the leaf top. You can not do much more than let the floor dry a bit.

Fertilize and multiply

If the year is still young, at best in January, then a moderate mineral-organic fertilizer helps the shrub to get back on its feet. In the multiplication you are mainly spectators. Gämswurz spreads by its spurs (rhizomes) under the earth itself. In the immediate area are always new shrubs. This can quickly become too much and put a damper on garden planning. But of course they can divide the perennials, transplant as desired. This is a task for the spring, when just the first budding occurs. It makes little effort and goes like this:
  1. Lift plant out of the ground with digging fork,
  2. Carefully shake off remaining soil (until shoot buds are visible),
  3. dried up or sickly root parts with small garden shear cutting,
  4. Sharing perennial with sharp spade leaf,
  5. Divide pieces into several fist-sized pieces (at least 1 to 2 shoot buds each),
  6. Plant parts at the appropriate location (as deep as before)
The flexible seed root grows quickly. But at this stage, they need a little more fluid. Mulch the young plants to best with compost or manure. That provides enough nutrients.It may also be that they are forced to multiply. Namely, when the perennials noticeably lose their "flowering joy", become bald and / or dispute each other's place. Now it should be rejuvenated by dividing the perennials. Incidentally, this prolongs the life of the entire plant. They proceed as in the normal propagation.

Worth knowing soon


Gämswurz may often be perceived as a "wild perennial", but with good care it will be a bright yellow garden decoration. Moreover, their natural origin makes them very resistant. Pour well dosed and with a spray hose to prevent waterlogging and kinking. It also helps a perennial support. Properly distributed, Gämswurz can give structure in the natural garden.
  • The G√§mswurz is a perennial plant that can reach a stature height of 25 - 80 cm.
  • Some varieties are, because of the height of growth, beautiful cut flowers.
  • Common to all varieties of the genus G√§mswurz that they are hardy.
  • Furthermore, all varieties have in common that bring forth golden yellow flowers.
  • The flowers are partially filled, which enhances the appeal of this plant.
  • In the care and the cut, the wild plant has no particularly high standards.
Only at the bottom you have to pay a lot of attention: So the Gämswurz (doronicum) a sunny place, but does not want to stand in the blazing sun. The plant grows best in semi-shade or so-called spreading shadows, ie areas in the garden, which have shady parts, for example, by surrounding trees. At the bottom you should make sure that it has a high humus content and is moist. But the moisture should be regulated by a good drainage - waterlogging does not forgive waterlogging. So it can come to mildew in an unsuitable location, which is difficult to distribute. In general, however, the soils found in the gardens are sufficient to provide sufficient nutrients for the gum root.
The Gämswurz is an ideal plant for a natural garden. The plant is considered a fodder plant for bees, so that you can promote the ecology in your own garden here. Above all, the fact that the gum root needs almost no care, makes the plant an ideal plant for many gardens, where emphasis is placed on ecology, but where the splendor of color should not be neglected.

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