Doronico - Doronicum


The doronico is a lively herbaceous plant, native to Europe. This variety forms large bushes consisting of large oval, or heart-shaped, dark green leaves; in late spring, until the summer, thin stems rise from the clusters to whose apex a single, golden-yellow daisy flower, with a dark yellow center, blossoms; at the height of flowering the flowers can be so numerous that they completely cover the leaves.
The Doronic bushes reach even 45-50 cm in height. These plants are very suitable for borders, but also in rock gardens; the removal of withered flowers helps to prolong the flowering.

Doronicum prefer well-drained, loose, and rich in organic matter soils; they can also be grown in a container, providing a very large vase, to allow the plant to develop harmoniously.The small doronicum plants are planted in spring or September-October.Multiplication

in autumn it is possible to divide the clumps of leaves, which must be immediately placed at home; in spring it is possible to sow the doronicum, in February-March in a warm bed to allow the new seedlings to acquire the necessary strength before being finally transplanted, or in April it is possible to proceed with sowing directly to the house.

Doronico - Doronicum: Pests and diseases

the aphids nest under the leaves or along the floral stems; the oidium can massively attack the large leaves, which generally become yellow. Even the excessive presence of humidity can lead to the onset of problems, such as root rot or fungal diseases that must be treated in a timely manner, to prevent them from causing serious damage to the plant.
It is possible to make use of specific preventive products to be used before the vegetative growth or, if you notice the presence of aphids, even to natural products, prepared with garlic boiled in water or with Marseille soap dissolved in water to be sprayed on the plants .