Beach lilac, Limonium - plants and care

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They abound, the sunny corners and meager spots in the garden, predestined for beach lilac. Praller sunshine prepares the decorative flowering plant as little problems, such as barren, dry soil. It is therefore considered by hobby gardeners as a popular gap filler in problematic locations. In the bucket Limonium also sets charming accents, without requiring constant attention. Colourfree material for airy-light dry bouquets provides the pretty coastal plant on top of that. The following instructions on planting and care contain all important factors for the successful cultivation.

  • Plant Family: Leadwort Family (Plumbaginaceae)
  • Genus: Beach lilac (Limonium)
  • Perennial, herbaceous perennial
  • Predominant occurrence of coasts of Mediterranean and Atlantic
  • Growth height of 10 to 70 cm
  • 350 species with white, lavender, yellow flowers
  • Flowering period from June to September / October
  • Trivial name: sea lavender
Recommended site conditions
Beach lilac is extremely ascetic. Thus, his demands on the location are reduced to a few criteria:
  • sunny to partially shaded location with at least 6 hours of sunshine daily
  • dry, sandy soil, like calcareous
  • deep, well drained soil
The robust constitution of all Limonium species allows settlement in windy places, as long as there are sufficiently bright lighting conditions prevail.
Plants in the bed
For early seedlings, the planting season begins in May. At the intended planting site, the soil is thoroughly weeded and loosened, so that the tap roots quickly gain a foothold. The planting pit is about twice as large as the root ball. If it comes out of its container in a condensed state, pull it apart with both hands. Before the beach lilac is inserted into the soil, drainage of gravel or grit at the bottom of the pit prevents the formation of waterlogging. Plant limonium so deeply that the substrate surface is flush with the bottom. After casting, a mulch layer of pebbles is an advantage to protect the earth from erosion. The drier the position of the bed, the more recommendable this measure.
Plants in the tub
In the planter Strandflieder likes to be a splendid solitaire. No less decorative, the perennial, in association with gypsophila or asters, enters the summery stage on a balcony or terrace. This is how you go about planting:
  1. Apply a drainage of inorganic materials to the bottom of the bucket above the opening.
  2. Spread a water- and air-permeable fleece over it.
  3. Fill the vessel one-third with substrate.
  4. Insert sea lavender, fill up the remaining soil, press and pour.
  5. A pouring lip prevents overflowing water.
Suitable substrate is commercially available potting soil, which gets a little more permeability with a few handfuls of sand or perlite.
to water
An established beach lilac is according to experience with the local rainfall cope. Dryness causes the plant much less discomfort than waterlogging. At a suitable location, the issue of watering the older the perennial gets into the background.
  1. Watering young beach lilacs regularly while growing.
  2. Do not pour under bright sunshine.
  3. Add the water directly to the roots.
  4. Pour beach lilac in the tub for a thumb sample.
If the leaves hang slack, a beach lilac indicates urgent water needs and is poured immediately. In adult plants, this usually occurs only during unusually dry heat periods. Tip: Pour beach lilac predominantly with lime-free rainwater, and promote a handful of algae lime from time to time the vitality.
The nutrient balance of all Limonium species is at a low level. If you work a portion of garden compost into the ground every 4 weeks, your hunger is already satisfied. Optionally apply a long-term fertilizer in the spring. The bucket offers the administration of dilute liquid fertilizer in a four-week cycle. From August / September the nutrient supply ends, so that a beach lilac can fully mature before the winter.
Equipped with a winter hardiness down to -28° C, sea lavender is well prepared for the cold season. In autumn, the root begins to assimilate the remaining nutrients from the leaves. If the above-ground parts of plants have withered, they are cut off near the ground if they impair the visual appearance of the garden. Prior to the first frost, experienced hobby gardeners pile a layer of foliage and soil over the root area or spread broad straw over it. This winter shelter serves less to ward off frosty cold, rather than the avoidance of too much winter moisture.Buckets receive an insulating jacket made of jute, garden fleece or bubble wrap. In this way, the root ball can not freeze. A thick layer of leaves or straw also protects the root ball from above. Tip: Dominate in winter frosty temperatures without falling snow, limonium is threatened by drought. In Kahlfrost a little water is poured on a frost-free day.
In terms of offspring, the uncomplicated cultivation of beach lilac continues seamlessly. The following two methods have been well-proven by hobby gardeners, because they can be performed with simple means:
  1. In March / April fill one or more seed pots with a lean substrate.
  2. Suitable are peat sand, Kokoshum or commercial Saaterde.
  3. Allow the seeds to swell in chamomile tea for 8-12 hours.
  4. Put 2-3 seeds per pot in the substrate, sift thinly and moisten.
At a temperature of 18 to 20° C at the partially shaded window seat, germination begins within 14 days. The process is forced as you pull plastic wrap over each jar. If it is too narrow in the pot for the seedlings, select the weaker one. Cultivate the most promising specimen until planting begins in May.
Root cuttings
  1. Dig up a vital mother plant in spring.
  2. Cut off a maximum of one third of a healthy root.
  3. Dig in the mother plant again and water.
Cut the root piece into segments of 5-10 cm with a sharp knife. To preserve the polarity, cut the side facing the mother plant straight and the opposite side at an angle. From the root-pointed side, the desired adventiv roots will sprout later. Therefore, the correct labeling is important for the successful course of this propagation method. This is how it continues:
  1. Fill small pots with potting soil.
  2. Insert one root lobe each with the straight cut upwards.
  3. Spread a thin layer of sand over it.
  4. Do not pour.
Set up in a cool place at temperatures between 13 and 17° C, wait for the rooting. Show the first sprouts, the future beach lilac get a first sip of water. From a stature height of 10 cm, the young plants are placed in the appropriate place in the ground.
Conclusion of the editorship
To use a beach lilac only as a filler, does not do justice to the beauty of this perennial. The task as a problem solver in dry, barren place fulfilled a Limonium with flying colors. The plant also decorates the summery balcony with its veil-like flower panicles in a bucket just as splendidly. Creative hobby gardeners know how to use the pretty inflorescences at the same time as representative dry bouquets. The necessary care measures, however, can be counted on one hand. Even the propagation of a beach lilac is completely uncomplicated by the hand, whether by sowing or by rooting slices.
Worth knowing about beach lilac shortly
Care Instructions
  • Flowering period: July to August with inflorescences consisting of many close-fitting small, slightly funnel-shaped flowers in purple, pink or white that seem hovering over the foliage like a gypsophila
  • Foliage: broad leaves in medium green. Leaf rosette is reminiscent of dandelion or lettuce and renews itself in the spring without pruning itself
  • Growth: Leaf rosette from the branched inflorescences protrude, which stands above the foliage. Upright bushy growth. Forms long taproots that need well-drained soil
  • Height / Width: 25 to 30 cm without, 60cm with flowers; 25 to 30 cm wide
  • Location: sunny, warm to hot; like on the roof garden. Highly permeable and nutrient-poor, preferably sandy and dry soil; loves gravel or small stones as underground; calcareous and dry compatible; Sea lavender needs moist soil
  • Planting time: at any time as long as the soil is not frozen
  • Cut: remove faded inflorescences in spring, leaf rosette does not need pruning
  • Partner: nice in Tuffs to several
  • Care: no fertilization or additional watering (rain is enough)
  • Wintering: hardy, but protect from too much winter wetness
  • Diseases / problems: does not get along well with compacted and always wet soils
  • is native to Eastern Europe
  • very good and durable cut and dried flower
  • can also be cultivated well in pots
  • unfortunately little-known perennial that likes to grow on gravel or small stones and in the right location makes much joy without care
  • is considered an idiosyncratic and difficult plant, as it is often fertilized and watered, which she can not tolerate and then ailing
Popular style
  • Sea Lavender - Statice (Limonium sinuatum): Also called winged beach lilac. Height 40-50cm. Blooms from June to September in dark blue-purple. Requires open and free space, does not like crowding other plants. Permeable, but moist soil.Although considered a perennial, is usually drawn only one year
The species name of the beach lilac latifolium means translated broadleaf which he came to this name. The plant was given the German name because of its lilac-like inflorescences and the tendency to very permeable, sandy soil, which should not contain too many nutrients

Video Board: Limonium perezii - Statice - Sea Lavender.

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