Description and varieties. It is the only annual plant of more than 60 species of phlox.Homeland him - the southern United States.In Europe it was brought in 1835 by the botanist Drummond.According to the brightness of the color, early and prolonged flowering annual plant that does not yield long-term type, and sometimes exceed them.
Drummond Phlox -. Branched plant height of 20-60 cm Flowers gvozdikovidnoy shape with a diameter of 1.5 cm, collected in a broad dense brush, painting a bright - white, pink, red, purple, sometimes two-tone, with a peephole in the center.It flowers profusely and continuously from June until autumn.The flowers are not afraid of rain and little frost.The many forms and varieties of phlox Drummond differ not only in height, but also the shape of the bush, the size and shape of flowers, gathered in umbellate complex shield.Corollas of flowers, consisting of five petals, are rotate and stellate. rotate varieties with flower shape more suitable for group plantings.Graceful
Phlox often used as a border plant, as well as assorted flower beds.It can be planted in groups on the background of the lawn, where it creates a bright color spots.Tall form (40-50 cm) planted in flower beds and used for cutting;stunted (10-15 cm) are good for landscaped gardens, rock gardens, to plant carpet on the balconies and in pots in the window;of medium-tall (20-30 cm), creating bright streaks in the curb, on beds and rabatkah.Phlox undemanding enough, thermophilic, but carries light frosts, grows well in rich, limed, sufficiently moist soils and full sun.In principle, phlox Drummond brings any soil, but in light fertile areas of its bloom is improved considerably.Not suitable for phlox shady places and wetlands, and in open sunny areas with moderate watering, hoeing and weeding timely it blooms profusely until late autumn.
Drummond phlox varieties
There are tall (40-50 cm), sredneros-lye (30 cm), stunted (15-20 cm) and dwarf (15 cm) varieties of phlox Drummond.
Apba (white flowers), purple (purple), Koktsineya (fiery red).
Triumph (red flowers, shiny), Brilliant (pink with yellow eye), Leopold (bright red with a white spot).
Undersized or Nana
Defiance (flowers fiery pink and red), Slendens (bright red with a white center, velvety).
snow globe (pure white flowers), Meteor (bright red), Fire (bright red, shiny).
Cultivation and care.Drummond phlox Propagated by seeds, which are sown directly into the ground or, or in boxes for seedlings.When seedling method, seeds are sown in late March - early April.Shoots appear within 8- 11 days, but only if the soil temperatures below 22-25 ° C, at lower temperatures, the germination slows down.Dive seedlings in 2-3 weeks in the phase of the first true leaf in pots or boxes (plant layout 4x4 cm).At the March term of sowing seedlings can be planted in the ground in the middle - the end of May at a distance of 15-20 cm between plants, then flowering will begin in June.
In the open ground seeds are sown when the soil is well warmed up - in mid-May.Seedlings thinned out so that, depending on the plant height was 10-20 cm distance between them, they bloom later -. In late July.To improve tillering seedlings pinch out on the third sheet.During the summer the plants fed 2-3 times complex mineral fertilizers such as nitrophoska: 10-20 g (half or full matchbox) fertilizer per 10 liters of water.Feeding significantly improve the decorative plants.Do not make a phlox Drummond manure, because the plants grow strong and bloom poorly.Drummond phlox To look more attractive and longer bloomed, the plants are removed the withered blossoms.