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A How to Take Care of Lobelia

A How to Take Care of Lobelia

How to Take Care of Lobelia

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Lobelia is a popular and very easy to grow annual flower. It’s an attractive, hardy plant that thrives with a simple but diverse set of needs. In this piece, we review the basics of how to care for lobelia, including watering, light, fertilizer, and pests. Plus, we show you how to plant a garden with lobelia and other annual flowers.Lobelias are probably best known as the bright blue bedding plants that spill over the edges of containers and hanging baskets in summer. These half-hardy annual lobelias that hail from South Africa, called Lobelia erinus. Some varieties are compact and upright, while others trail. The small, lipped flowers are mostly in shades of blue, but purple, pink and white-flowered types are also available.These flowers grow best (and most vibrantly) during cold weather. While violet and blue are the most common flower colors supported by this plant, you may occasionally also find it with flowers in shades of white pink, and reddish-purple. These flowers are tubular and accompanied by long, narrow green leaves. The plant only grows to about six to nine inches tall and performs best in hardiness zones 10 to 11.

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Pinch back the tips of young annual and perennial lobelia plants by 1/2 to 1 inch to create full, bushy plants. Thereafter, shear annual lobelia by about half its height if it becomes tired and leggy in midsummer. To prevent spread of disease organisms, disinfect shears and other cutting tools by wiping the blades with rubbing alcohol before and after each use. You can also sanitize the blades with a mixture of 1 part bleach and 9 parts water. Deadhead perennial varieties to keep the plants looking their best and promote development of flowers throughout the growing season. To deadhead, pinch off wilted blooms along with the stem down to the next branch or leaf. Perennial and annual varieties benefit from 2 to 3 inches of mulch to keep the roots cool and moist during the growing season. Keep a layer of mulch around perennial varieties to protect the roots during the winter. Divide perennial lobelia every two to three years to keep the plant from becoming crowded. A note on watering – if the soil in which you are growing your lobelia plants becomes too dry, your plant will have a hard time producing flowers during the summer. Therefore, regular pruning followed by a deep watering will be necessary to reverse the issue. To prevent it, make sure the soil always stays moist. You can add a layer of mulch (about two to three inches thick) to help the soil conserve moisture, too.

Lobelia will grow best in an open position in full sun. They will do best when planted in a rich and free draining soil. They are often used in hanging baskets against sunny walls as they can create a charming cascading effect. The flowers will be in bloom between August and September and with some varieties, the flowers will continue to delight until the first frost of the season. (Source: www.garden-network.co.uk)

 

 

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