Among indoor plants there are those that are distinguished by their unpretentiousness, versatility and the ability to adapt to any conditions. Once it appears at someone's home, it remains there forever. Moreover, he can coexist in the same pot and with other flowers, without causing inconvenience and without recapturing someone else's soil.
- Amazing abilities of cymbalaria and plant features
- How to sow, water and care
- Plant diseases
Amazing abilities of cymbalaria and plant features
In appearance, the cymbalaria seems fragile and delicate, its flowers are somewhat similar to violets and snapdragons. In fact, under this mask of defenselessness, there is a plant that can quickly multiply and grow. Moreover, its small roots are practically on the surface of the soil, therefore, it can be planted with other flowers. By the way, it got its name due to the similarity with ancient Greek musical instruments - cymbals.
Another interesting feature of cymbalaria is that it can be used to determine the level of soil moisture. If water becomes scarce, then its leaves begin to wilt. And one has only to water the plant, it almost immediately comes to life and straightens out.
As already mentioned, cymbalaria flowers are a bit like violets. The color scheme is usually white with a lilac sheen. Moreover, it blooms almost all year round, especially if it grows by the window. The stems are usually threadlike, hanging freely from the pot. The length reaches 5 centimeters. The leaves are ivy-shaped, bright green with dark purple veins.
Plant cymbalaria in the same pot with another plant, and cymbalaria will adapt to the conditions of its neighbor. He likes the sun, and she, too, will enjoy it. In this case, its flowers will acquire a bluish tint. He loves the dark, she will also feel comfortable in the shade. The miracle flower can perfectly overwinter on a cold windowsill. At the same time, its leaves, as it were, will protect themselves from the cold, becoming glassy. But with the arrival of heat, they will return to their previous state.
When the flowers have faded, a seed box will appear in their place. Over time, it will open and free itself from its contents, which can be used for further propagation of this flower. You just need to collect the seeds and shake them into a suitable pot. After a short period of time, the soil will be covered with bright green growth, and soon familiar lashes will hang down.
Although over time, the cymbalaria itself will settle in neighboring pots. Because its seeds are so light that they are easily carried by the air stream. The green mass will grow and, of course, old stems and leaves will remain under it. They need to be removed, but over time it is better to plant a new flower.
In all fairness, cymbalaria is a weed plant and can seriously compete with weak and undersized plants. But at the same time it is able to revive any bare ground. For example, your ficus grows, and underneath it is not bare soil, but a carpet of cymbalaria. It looks beautiful and unusual.
How to sow, water and care
Cymbalaria is usually planted in the spring. The germination temperature should reach +20. She is one of the first indoor plants to move from a warm room to a balcony with the onset of spring.
As already mentioned, it is enough to scatter the seeds over the surface of the moist soil.
You don't need to cover with anything and sprinkle it with earth too.
In order for the cymbalaria to actively bloom and grow, it is enough just to cut the regrown stems. And the more you do this, the more intensively the green openwork carpet from the plant will spread. In this case, the cut stems can easily take root in wet soil.
Despite the fact that cymbalaria is unpretentious, it loves water. Therefore, you need to ensure that the soil underneath is always slightly moist. But don't overdo it. Abundant watering can provoke stem and root rot.
Cymbalaria can also be grown in the garden:
- It is usually used as a decorative decoration for alpine hills and stone walls. With the help of its filamentous stems, it penetrates even the smallest cracks and, expanding, covers the entire surface.
- You can plant it in garden pots and hanging baskets. She will beautifully "hang" from them, adding originality to the landscape design.
- In the garden, he will be able to get along well with Veronica, stonecrops, fear and various types of ferns.
- Cymbalaria will look great as border plants. Forming living green rugs, they will add originality to the entire garden composition. It is possible to place its active distribution only by pruning the overgrown shoots.
Despite its unpretentiousness, cymbalaria may not survive the harsh winter and freeze. But do not forget about its vitality. With the onset of warm days, it will come to life again and begin to bloom. At the same time, she is able to quickly restore her former strength and grow even more extensively. It is planted with the onset of warm days, around April-May.
Cymbalaria are not very susceptible to disease. The most dangerous enemy for them is a spider mite, which can appear where it is too dry and warm. Therefore, make sure that the ground under the flowers is always moist. Although the stems, densely covering it, store water themselves perfectly.
Most often, spider mites are dangerous for those plants that are located on the balcony. There are all conditions here: warm, dry and comfortable. Therefore, do not forget to water the plants periodically.
From all of the above, we can conclude that it is not difficult to grow cymbalaria. Moreover, this wonderful flower is able to decorate any home or garden interior. Moreover, it can be used to test your design skills.
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