Fancy Figelius Tubes
Despite the fact that Figelius is a full-fledged herbaceous perennial, it is grown only as an annual. A luxurious and massive plant looks amazingly reverent and touching during flowering. On lush curtains of figelius, unusual airy inflorescences with long tubes of flowers that seem like a drop or an elegant necklace rise and soar. From afar, similar to Penstemon, this yearbook will surprise not only in size. Figeliuses are easy to grow, impressive and completely original in terms of their use in garden design.
Unusual flowering powerful flyer
Figelius (Phygelius) - one of the highest pilots in the modern range of landscape design. It stands in the same row in size with landscape perennials and is completely different from the seasonal stars we are familiar with. In his homeland, in South Africa, he fills large spaces. But it can winter in the soil only in mild winters.
Figeliuses are large herbaceous plants from 80 to 120 cm in height. They form bushy, powerful curtains, easily overshadowing even perennial inhabitants of flower beds, lush and wide. Shoots below wood only in perennial forms. Beautiful dark green foliage with wide oval plates and a serrated edge creates a spectacular dense crown.
The start of a luxurious droplet of flowers on Figeliuses can be observed in July, but in regions with severe winters, Figeliuses often appear on the garden scene in August-September. The plant tirelessly, up to frost, releases new flowers in peduncles, it seems surprisingly constant and invariably beautiful. Figelius blooms not only long, but also original. On powerful, high peduncles, practically equal in length to the leafy part of the bush, large, but thin bell-shaped flowers with a very elongated tube-cylinder up to 5 cm in length bloom.
Drooping flowers seem to hang from twigs and look like frozen drops. Hanging soft panicles of a bowling shape with long flowers are unusually spectacular and really seem like twigs on which tears froze (it is not by chance that the plant received the nickname of “cuckoo tears”!).
The color scheme of Figelius is not very representative, but perfectly reveals the beauty of the plant. Pink, cream, red, salmon, brick on the flowers are muffled and perceived as surprisingly natural.
Growing Figelius as a perennial
Figelius is a long-lived and wonderful gardener. But completely frost-resistant. If you want to breed this plant as a perennial crop, get ready for considerable work. Large curtains with a powerful rhizome with the advent of cold weather can be transferred to pots and containers, and then placed in a warm room. Growing Figelius during the winter as if it was a pot, you will save the bushes until spring and you can plant them in the soil.
But only those who have enough space and time can afford such a luxury. After all, dealing with large bushes of Figelius is far from as simple as with pelargoniums. Yes, and digging is not very good effect on the abundance of flowering and plant health.
Variety of Figeliuses
This plant cannot boast of a large species “assortment”. There are only two plants in the genus Figelius, of which only actively use in landscape design figelius cape (phygelius capensis). But species specimens are rare: most of the figeliuses grown in gardens are hybrids. Based on the basic forms of felius, the efforts of breeders have bred numerous varieties that have improved characteristics. It is the felicius hybrids that are most often found on sale, it is better to choose them by the color of the flowers.
Figelius is used in garden design:
- as a major emphasis on flower beds and discounts;
- for decorating large flower beds;
- as a background, filling the background culture in the flowerbeds and the middle - in the two-way rabatki;
- as a soloist on a lawn;
- for flower beds around a recreation area;
- for effective shading of objects of small architecture - arbors, pavilions, sculptures;
- close to buildings, porch or staircase due to its architectural appearance.
Best partners for Figelius: Veronica, yarrow, catnip, mullein, sage, nettle, wormwood.
Comfortable Figelius conditions
This giant-sized summer belongs to the heat-loving, loving secluded plants. For figelius, you should choose only warm, protected from winds and drafts sites. Lighting for him should be the brightest: in sunny locations, the figeli bloom most than anything.
Soil is even easier to pick up. Figelius prefers high-quality, fertile soils with good drainage. Fresh, but not too moist soil can be improved before planting: if you apply compost and other fertilizers and increase nutrition, then figelius will surprise you with an abundance of flowering. In places with the risk of stagnation of moisture at the site, drainage can be established, compensating for the insufficient water permeability.
A luxurious and large flyer will not need too careful care, because Figelius is modest in its requirements.
The most difficult part about caring for this plant is providing regular watering. Figelius can bloom beautifully and for a long time only with a systematic approach to moistening the soil, but it will not need particularly abundant, intensive irrigation. For figelius, it is enough to carry out the procedure at least 1 time per week, compensating for the instability of precipitation. Do not allow overmoistening of the soil, too intense saturation of the soil with moisture.
This flyer needs modest top dressing. On high-quality fertile soil, figelius will need to apply fertilizer only once, and even then in the form of organic matter. It is best to use compost for figelius, simply sprinkling it around the curtain or planting it in the soil at the budding stage. Organic dressing can be replaced with a single dressing with full mineral fertilizer. If figelius grows on insufficiently fertile soil, for the season it is possible to carry out 3-4 dressings for it with full mineral or organic fertilizers.
Like any plant that reaches a meter high and does not have lignified shoots, the figelius will need a garter. For the bushes of this summer, the simplest supports are suitable, to which the bush is tied in a circular manner, as if by looping it. During fine days the figelius itself will not disintegrate, lie down. But long-term heavy rains and storms can lead to a violation of the integrity of the curtain.
You can save the plant for the winter only in regions with a warm climate, and even figelius will need to mulch the soil with dry leaves. In regions with harsh winters, it can be transferred to a pot and put into a room with cool temperatures and good lighting until spring. In the spring, before the callout to the garden, the figelius bushes are cut to a height of 10 cm.
Diseases and pests
Figelius is very rarely ill. This is a persistent, hardy plant that can only suffer from proximity to crops infected with powdery mildew and aphids. It is better to deal with problems that appear on plants immediately with the use of fungicides and insecticides.
Figelius breeding methods
Separation of bushes
This method is used only for figeli wintering indoors. Dug rhizomes before planting them back into the soil, are divided into 2-4 parts, immediately after cutting, planting each piece into a permanent place. Plants are placed at a distance of about 40 cm from each other, all shoots are shortened to stumps no higher than 10-15 cm.
Throughout the summer, healthy fig bushes can cut cuttings for the coming year. The tops of shoots easily root in greenhouse conditions in any loose and fertile soil. Maintaining constant humidity, plants can be grown until next spring, and then used as seedlings. Young plants should winter in cool conditions (12-15 degrees), with good lighting.