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If you have long dreamed of a beautiful plot with flowers, but want to spend as little effort as possible to implement it, then Muscari is perfect for you. Its color scheme will bring brightness to any area, in addition, it goes well with many plants (for example, tulips, daffodils).
- Description of the species
- Benefits, features
- Growing features: soil selection, planting, watering, fertilization
- How to store bulbs correctly?
Description of the species
Muscari, also called Mouse Hyacinth, is distributed almost throughout Eurasia and is found in North Africa. Found in mountains, forests, forest edges and meadows. The flower got its name due to its smell, similar to musk. The genus has about 60 species. Muscari is a perennial bulbous plant. Its height is 10-30 centimeters. The bulbs are 2 cm in diameter, light in color with outer scales.
The height of the bulbs ranges from 1.5 to 3.5 centimeters. Muscari has linear leaves up to 17 cm long, growing from the root. The number of leaves is up to 6 pieces. Often leaves appear in the spring, if they grow in the fall, they have to winter under the snow. The perianth is cylindrical, has 6 leaves fused together. The length of such leaves is from 0.4 to 0.5 cm.
These leaves are collected in a single racemose inflorescence. The color ranges from white to dark blue. Muscari has a pleasant, but intoxicating aroma. The stamens, six in number, are attached in a double row to the perianth. The fruit is a three-celled capsule. The seeds have a shelf life of up to a year, they are shriveled-rounded, black, small. Almost all types are decorative.
The most common varieties include: Muscari Osche, Muscari groin-like, broadleaf, pale, Muscari Christmas Pearl, Terry Muscari Blue Spike.
This plant is very popular among gardeners and simply lovers of beautiful flower beds. It perfectly decorates flower beds and borders, and also looks great in flowerpots. Muscari has the ability to grow rapidly, a nest is formed from 1 bulb per season. Muscari will not keep you waiting for a long time while he fills the flower bed.
There are practically no difficulties in growing a flower. The plant is not picky about leaving. Muscari will perfectly decorate your flower bed and harmoniously combine with many flowers. The only thing worth considering is that while the foliage dies off after flowering, it is able to cover undersized plants, therefore it is necessary to plant nearby plants that can hide the wilted foliage from the muscari.
Growing features: soil selection, planting, watering, fertilization
Planting times for muscari and soil selection. As mentioned earlier, muscari is not a picky plant, but it also requires care. It is preferable to plant muscari bulbs in drained soil. Sandy loam soil, which you can create yourself by mixing the soil with river sand, is best suited. Landing should be carried out in the autumn period until October.
How to properly plant muscari bulbs in the ground? Before planting, carefully inspect the seeds and remove from them unsuitable for planting (damaged, rotten). For disinfection of bulbs, 2% solution of karbofos is perfect, it is necessary to keep in this solution for up to half an hour, then place them in 1% solution of potassium permanganate, also for 0.5 hours.
The day before planting the bulbs, the wells must be watered abundantly with water. Add a little river sand to each hole just before disembarking. Plant as follows: plant large bulbs at a depth of 7 cm with a distance of 8 cm, small ones at a depth of 3 cm at a distance of 3 cm.
When and how is watering done?
Watering must be carried out before the growing season of the plant, in the future, muscari does not require abundant watering, only in the case of too dry soil. With abundant watering, the water does not completely evaporate and it stagnates, because of this, the bulbs can rot.
Fertilizing the soil. If the muscari is planted on infertile soil, then it is worth enriching it with organic fertilizers, compost or humus is best suited. It is better, of course, to fertilize the soil before planting the plant, and not after.
Leaving during the flowering of the plant. Muscari blooms for 3-3.5 weeks. During this period, no significant maintenance is required, only the soil needs to be loosened after irrigation so that it is enriched with oxygen. In addition, do not forget that you need to take care of the flower bed and pull out the weed in a timely manner.
Reproduction. Muscari is capable of multiplying abundantly, but to prevent this, it is worth cutting off the peduncles after flowering. After all, this plant reproduces not only vegetatively, but also by self-sowing. Only a small number of peduncles should be left for the seeds to ripen. Young, ripe seeds sprout after planting for a year.
They are planted to a depth of no more than two centimeters. The first shoots indicate that the process of bulb formation has begun. The first flowering will occur in two to three years.
How to store bulbs correctly?
Despite the fact that muscari is a perennial, it may still be necessary to dig up the bulbs for some reason. It is worth digging out the bulbs only after the leaves of the plant begin to dry, not earlier.
The dug out bulbs should dry within 2-3 days, then they are placed in the sand. Do not forget to check the safety of the bulbs once a week and remove any spoiled or rotten ones. The storage temperature should be - 17 degrees, and the humidity - 70 percent. Grow Muscari with joy and enjoy its bloom!
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