Gardening

Phlox care

The phlox is a genus of 120 species of plants native flowers of the temperate regions of North America. This genus is part of the Polemoniaceae family and is found in various habitats, both in alpine areas and in prairies and forests. It is made up of annual or perennial plants that bloom in early spring while some others bloom in summer or fall.

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Its flowers cover a wide range of colors that goes from pale blue to the most intense red and the purest white. As I mentioned before, there are many species that you can have in your garden. The Phlox glaberrima can reach a height of 1.5 meters high, while the Phlox stolonifera only grows a few centimeters. Some species are a food source for rabbits, marmots, and deer.

Phlox (Phlox drummondii)

The Phlox drummondii is part of the Polemoniaceae family and is native to boreal America. This annual plant can grow to 15-30 cm tall. It is highly branched and is provided with glandular pubescences. Its leaves are simple, whole, ovate, 2.5 – 6 cm long, while its flowers are showy, 2-2.5 centimeters in diameter; pink, red, purple, yellow, white, etc., grouped in inflorescences. Flowering time: spring, summer and autumn.

It prefers a fertile, deep and light soil; with river surf or mulch and an orientation with direct sunlight. Its adaptation is good, rustic and easy to grow; perfect for the garden and balcony.

Its resistance to cold is low, it does not tolerate intense frosts. Prefers humid atmosphere and moderate watering, every 3 – 4 days. Add 200-300 grams of bone meal per square meter before planting.

It is resistant to parasitic causes. It propagates in a seedbed under glass in late winter and spring and plants at a distance of 15 cm from each other, after the frost period.

Phlox (Phlox divaricata hook)

The Phlox drummondii is part of the Polemoniaceae family and is native to boreal America. This highly branched annual herbaceous plant; it can grow to 20-40 centimeters tall. Its leaves are simple, lanceolate, 2.5 – 6 cm long, while its flowers are showy, 2-2.5 centimeters in diameter; white, pink, red, purple, yellow, and so on. Flowering time: from spring to late fall.

It prefers a fertile and loose soil; with river undertow, black earth and sand in equal parts and an orientation with direct sunlight during the morning. Its adaptation is good, rustic and easy to grow; perfect for the garden and balcony.

Its resistance to cold is poor, it does not resist frost. Prefers humid atmosphere and moderate watering, every 2-3 days. Fertilize with 200-300 grams of bone meal per square meter of flowerbed in the plantation.

It is resistant to parasitic causes. Propagate by seeds in spring and plant at a distance of 15-20 cm from each other, after the frost period.

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