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Eremurus: the desert candle

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Perennial plants with fleshy roots in the shape of sea stars, eremurus can reach remarkable heights by coloring the vertical garden in various shades.

Cultivation

Eremurus produces dense racemes of small star-shaped flowers at the beginning of the summer season.
Being a plant coming from the semi-desert regions of western and central Asia, it is not always easy to reproduce a climate similar to that of origin.
The soil must be well drained for this purpose and the position where you will put the well-rooted root in such a way that the eremurus can receive a sufficient number of hours of sunshine.

Avoid windy areas and save frosts, especially the first spring leaves that may not withstand low temperatures.
Watering must be well dosed as this plant does not tolerate stagnation of water and excesses.
Once in active growth it feeds with high potassium fertilizer such as potassium chloride sulfate in the spring. If the plants are damaged by late frost or are not very vigorous, consider feeding the liquid with a general fertilizer once a month in late spring and summer.
When already grown, a potassium fertilizer can be used as potassium chloride sulfate in the spring. If the plants are damaged by late frost or are not very vigorous, consider feeding the liquid with a general fertilizer once a month in late spring and summer.

Diseases and damage to the plant

A bad flowering or total lack of growth are generally due to the conditions of growth itself. Sun and well draining soil are the two fundamental elements to obtain good results.
Also check the state of the root at the time of purchase: if too dry, may not produce plants and flowers.

Pay attention also to the snails, very greedy of leaves, especially when they are still small and young. It is the moment when they could ruin the growing plant.

 

 

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