Boronia, an amazing ornamental shrub with many small flowers for you garden
Boronia is an evergreen ornamental shrub native to Australia. Boronia is a perennial plant that belongs to the same family as lemon and orange. This affinity becomes apparent in its leaves, which when rubbed give off a mild citrus aroma. Boronia has numerous flowers that depending on the species have the shape of a star or bell, and blooms from mid-spring to late summer. There are over 100 species of boronia with flowers in many colors with shades of pink, red, yellow-green, blue, brown and white.
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Boronia is an excellent choice in a flower bed to create a low fence, as well as planted in the garden as a single plant and in pots on the balcony. It is worth mentioning that several varieties of boronia are grown for the production of cut flowers. Let’s see in detail what care needs to grow and give us rich flowering.
Under what conditions does boronia thrive?
Boronia thrives in areas with mild climates, as it is sensitive to winter frosts and high summer temperatures. Although it can withstand sunny places, we prefer to plant it in semi-shady places to give us more flowering. Boronia needs fertile soil, enriched with organic matter that has good drainage. To plant the boronia in a pot, we prefer a balcony with west or east orientation, and place it in a place protected from strong winds. We use pots with a diameter of 30 cm in height for our plant to have rich growth, as well as general purpose plant soil, rich in nutrients.
How often does the bourgeoisie need watering and fertilizing?
Boronia needs regular watering. In the spring period we water twice a week, while in the summer period it needs more frequent watering every 2 days. In any case, water only after the soil dries, as excessive watering can cause rot at the root of the boronia. Regarding the fertilization, we add complete granular fertilizer in the beginning of spring and repeat in the beginning of autumn after the end of its flowering.
How is boronia multiplied?
To create new plants, we prefer the method of propagation by cuttings, as the boronia seed grows very hard. In the spring period, we take shoot sections (cuttings) 10 cm long from the top vegetation of the boronia. After removing 2/3 of the leaves from the base of the shoot, place it in a nursery pot with fluffy topsoil and sand in a ratio of 2: 1 and transfer the pot to a cool environment. Adding rooting hormone to the base of the shoot helps to increase the success rate of propagation. After 6-8 weeks our plant will have taken root and can be transplanted into a larger pot or in our garden.
And a secret about boronia
In addition to the characteristic aromatic foliage and its wonderful flowering, boronia helps to beautify our garden even more, as it belongs to the plants that attract butterflies and the plants that attract bees to our garden.
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