Purple loosestrife - pruning and care
The loosestrife is a decorative flowering pond and garden plant. The shrubs are easy to handle in terms of pruning and care.
Pruning done properly
Purple loosestrife (botanical Lythrum salicaria) is a perennial. In winter, her aboveground parts die down, in the spring she drives out new. When pruning, pay attention to the following points:
- Do not remove dead parts of plants over the winter and leave them on the plant - used as birdseed and insect retreat.
- For sprouting, remove sprouts in March.
- Add the shoots
- Further pruning after flowering possible - promotes the creation of new side shoots.
- To prevent self-seeding: remove faded plant parts in autumn.
- Share overgrown plants if necessary
Planting the loosestrife - Location and Soil
If you want to plant the moisture-loving loosestrife, you should take into account their requirements for location and soil:
- Choose full sun to partial shade in the garden.
- Attention: too much shade prevents the Flowering.
- Ideal location near garden pond or watercourse or space with high water table.
- Setting in Gar pond also possible: take into account maximum planting depth of ten centimeters.
- In case of inappropriate conditions in the garden: cultivate in the bucket.
- Consider high space requirements: Pay attention to sufficient area around the plant; If necessary, select a large planter.
- Select nutrient-rich and moist soils.
- Use conventional garden soil for planting; enrich them with mulch and compost to aid water retention.
- Purple loosestrife as a pond plant: use ponds; Place perennials in baskets or trays.
- Optimum planting time: Spring.
What matters to the back ground looser is a constant supply of moisture. Otherwise, the care of the hardy plant is easy:
- regularly and thoroughly provide the loosestrife in the garden with water.
- Water in hot summers several times a day; Do not allow the substrate to dry out.
- Fertilize in spring.
- Provide plants with long-acting storage fertilizer; Avoid over-fertilization and administration of too much nitrogen.
- Possible diseases and pests: generally robust; Leaf-spot disease occasionally occurs - remove affected plants from the garden.
- propagation via seeding or splitting larger perennials possible.
- hibernate plant outdoors; no need for separate protection.
Lythrum salicaria - decorative, robust and easy-care
Purple loosestrife is a robust plant that requires little care. Its pretty flowers attract beneficial insects and are also an eye-catcher in the vase.