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The protected wild catkins are a must for every home gardener, because if these are cultivated in their own garden, the species can be preserved. The shrubs with the soft seed stalls, which are reminiscent of a cat fur, were known, especially in the earlier years, when they were still found in quantities at the edge of the forest or embankments. But today the ornamental shrub is rather rare. One more reason to cultivate the easy-care plants that announce the approaching spring, in the garden or on the terrace.
LocationDue to their early wild growth in the wild, it can be seen that the kitties do not want anything special about their location. However, they still need enough sun and brightness. Therefore, the ideal location looks like this:
- sunny to partially shaded
- also on a central place in the garden on the lawn
- are often used as privacy screens on a fence
- tolerate a lot of water, therefore also suitable for pond bordering
- in a sufficiently large bucket on the terrace
Substrate & soilEven on the floor, the cat does not make big demands. However, this should be water-storing, so that there is always enough moisture. Therefore, a loamy garden soil is the perfect base for the kitty. This is the existing soil in most gardens, should be contained too little clay and the soil is too dry and crumbly, clay can be mixed. However, the soil should not be too calcareous.
Pouring & fertilizingThe kitten prefers a lot of moisture. Therefore, it must be watered regularly, the soil should always be kept moist. This is especially important in a hot summer as well as in a longer dry season in winter. Shrubs cultivated in the bucket should not be neglected when watering, since the earth can dry out faster due to sunshine or heat. So should be paid to the following during casting and fertilizing:
- use low-lime water
- Trapped rainwater is ideal here
- Use slow-release fertilizer for green plants and shrubs
- fold in compost twice a year
- Start early in the late winter with the first fertilization
Of course, pussy-kitten can usually multiply themselves by seeds. Sowing for the hobby gardener, however, does not offer, because the propagation of the cuttings is so easy. But of course, the seeds that form in the flowers can also be collected and prepared for sowing. The procedure is as follows:
- Seeds should not be stored
- pick them up from the tree
- Immediately place in loose and moist soil
- use a small pot with potting soil for this purpose
- always keep the soil moist
- after 24 hours, the first seedlings should be recognizable
- you can see the little plants, they are pecking
- that is, every plant should get its own pot to grow up
- the new kitties are big enough and have roots, set outdoors
- Alternatively, these can also be cultivated in a larger bucket
- After four years, these new plants are fertile again
To cutPalm kitten are usually cut after early flowering in spring. This cut is highly recommended, and regularly every year, as the shrub otherwise does not develop properly and the flowering in the following year, if no cut was made, only moderately to not done. The plant can be radically cut back so that only small remnants of branches can be seen here. However, as the shrub is a very fast growing species, this condition does not last long. In addition, the hobby gardener gets in this way many new cuttings for other shrubs. When cutting the kitten, the following procedure should be followed:
- use sharp secateurs
- disinfect them in advance
- Shorten branches
- only about fist-sized thickening at a fork should be seen
- Turn the plants cultivated in the bucket regularly
- so they grow evenly after the cut against the light
- The newly growing shrub becomes so dense and straight
overwinterPalm kitten is one of the hardy shrubs. Therefore, they do not need any special measures for the winter, if they are cultivated in a garden bed. Plants in the tub should still be protected at the roots. For this purpose, the bucket is placed on a Styrofoam plate and wrapped all around with plant fleece or for better view with jute. On the surface of the earth also comes a layer of mulch or foliage.This also protects against dehydration of the earth. Alternatively, if there is enough space in the garden bed, the kitties can also be planted together with the pot, or even taken out of the pot, in a garden bed for hibernation. Even in winter, the water supply must be ensured. So the plants remaining in the tub must be regularly poured, the shrubs in the bed, however, only during prolonged periods of dry cold.
Care mistakes, diseases or pests
A care mistake can well be, if too little is poured, the kitty does not find enough moisture in the earth. Then the shrubs like to hang their branches. But once this bug is fixed, they also straighten up and reboot. In addition, the bush can add wicker rust. It is especially important that all fallen leaves are cleared away and infected leaves that are still on the bush, are removed immediately. Willow rust is a fungal disease characterized by bright orange spots on the leaves. Can be prevented against this with plant tonics and the good supply of nutrients. Regular fertilizer administration in conjunction with a fungicide usually provides relief if an infestation has been detected.
Tip: Do not dispose of removed, infested leaves or the collected leaves from the ground on the compost, as this will allow the fungus to evolve and, in some circumstances, may also come into contact with other plants at the next fertilizer application. Therefore, dispose of the waste in household or garbage.
Palm kittens are beautiful early bloomers and thus the first messengers in the spring, which also provide the insects with a source of food directly after the winter. In addition, they remind many hobby gardeners of their childhood, as the graceful shrubs were still growing on the edges of the road and heralding the approaching Easter with their furry flowers. The shrubs are very easy to care for, quickly replicable and hardy, and thus also for the hobby gardener with little time for care of the appropriate shrub in the garden bed or in the tub on the terrace and balcony.