Phlox an amazing flower for colorful pots and gardens
Phlox (with more common species Phlox drummondii and Phlox paniculata, Polemoniaceae) is a popular herbaceous ornamental plant that grows mainly as an annual, but in areas, with mild winters it can be planted as a perennial. It is a genus of at least forty species and many hybrids have been created. The phlox belongs to the Polemoniaceae family, originates from North America, and has a large history in gardens and parks around the world.
Botanical classification: Phlox drummondii is a genus of many species, annuals, and perennials and belongs to the family Polemoniaceae.
Origin: It originates from North America and is a plant with large participation in landscape architecture.
Common names: Phlox, Phlox flame.
Toxicity: Not a toxic plant for pets
Botanical characteristics of phlox
Height – Plant growth: It is an annual low plant with a height of 15 -50cm depending on the variety.
Leaves: The leaves are quite large 4-10cm, in deep green color.
Flowers: The flowers are monochromatic or bicolor, single or double, are many and grow in groups, which often cover the entire plant. Their color is in shades of white, red to deep blue.
Flowering period: The Phlox in our country is used as an annual spring and blooms from late spring until all summer.
Roots: The plant forms a moderate root system that allows plants to be planted in groups, close to each other.
Suitable conditions for proper growth of phlox
Tips for the soil: It grows best in rich and moist soil, well-drained. The disadvantage is that it can not withstand drought and high summer temperatures.
Growth rate: Shows relatively fast growth rate.
Temperature: Withstands low temperatures and some varieties, at very low (-15 to 32 degrees Celsius)
Care that phlox needs
Watering: It is a plant that constantly wants moisture and good soil drainage. It needs regular watering and more often in summer.
Fertilizer: Phlox is a plant with moderate fertilizer requirements. Need special fertilizer for flowers (1-2 times in spring after planting). We also add compost when we plant the plant.
Pruning and care
The phlox, like almost all spring-flowering plants, do not need pruning. It wants to remove the dry or rotten leaves and remove the overripe flowers.
How to multiply phlox
The most common way of propagation is done by seed. It is usually sown in a bed. It germinates in seven to fifteen days and is transplanted in about a month, in its final position.
Diseases and insects: It is a hardy plant that attracts insects, butterflies, and bees. It is usually affected only by powdery mildew.
Why choose the float in the garden, yard, and the terrace
Due to its low height and abundant flowering, the phlox is used in mass plantings. Creates with its flowers colored carpets in the garden, in flower beds, alone, or in compositions with other plants. When planted along the planting distances are from 20-25cm.
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