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Imagine a piece of paradise in your country house or at home: colorful colors, various types of plants and a pleasant aroma. To give your site an unusual "alpine" look will help Crimean lemongrass, whether popularly known as zheleznitsa.
- Plant characteristic
- Growing lemongrass Crimean
- Iron care
Crimean lemongrass is a perennial, semi-evergreen and sun-loving plant. Iron leaves are white-felt, have a pleasant lemon scent and are used as a substitute for tea. The stem of lemongrass grows up to 70 cm in height. Yellow and very small flowers are collected in a small bunch, covered with greenish-yellow leaves and retain their color until winter. The plant is frost-resistant and does not require additional insulation for the winter.
Growing lemongrass Crimean
Lemongrass Crimean is a popular plant among gardeners. Its demand is due to its resistance to frost, drought and excellent color qualities. With the help of an iron, landscape designers can lighten any area and give it a rainbow mood. At home, Crimean lemongrass can be grown using seeds.
Lemongrass begins to bloom in the month of June. Under good weather conditions, for lemongrass there is a dry hot summer, and the formation of seeds begins next month. During the following weeks, the grains ripen, which are harvested at the end of August.
The flowers are first cut and dried. Then they grind and select seeds. Small grains are left to rest before sowing. At the end of March - April, lemongrass seeds are soaked in water for 2 - 3 days.
Sowing soil: a heated mixture of sand, limestone, turf.
Capacity: small pots or cubes up to 10 cm in diameter.
Soaked seeds are carefully planted in prepared soil at a distance of 3 cm from each other. After two to three weeks, the first shoots appear. Crimean lemongrass is a dry-loving plant, therefore, abundant watering is not required. The measure of drying out of the soil should be monitored. Watering is recommended once a week.
In May, seedlings are planted in a flower bed. It is worth considering that the plant loves the sun, and a light, dry, well-drained, calcareous soil should be chosen for planting.
It should be noted that the Crimean lemongrass is characterized by self-seeding. If you want this plant to reproduce on its own, in August you should loosen the soil so that the fallen seeds are well established in the ground.
Seedlings in the first year do not give flower stalks - inflorescences appear only in the second year. Therefore, in the spring, you should loosen the soil, enrich it with limestone so that lemongrass blooms well. Old and dried-up branches should be carefully trimmed with scissors, the bush should be thinned, free from weeds. Throughout the hot summer, only the soil needs to be moistened. Watering leaves or inflorescences is not recommended.
Since the iron is quite high, large bushes should be tied up so that they do not lie on the ground, since the process of seed ripening will be complicated in the shade.
It is not worth covering the plant for the winter, it is frost-resistant and perfectly survives any frosts.
About the beneficial properties of lemongrass tea, as well as its use, in detail in the video