Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Phlox is a favorite perennial, which is quite popular. This has become the first choice of American Gardner for almost 100 years because its colorful flowers which bloom for a long time It grows up to 2 to 5 feet in length and is fragrant. They produce flowers from spring to late summer and from pure white to red, pink and blue colors. They grow very easily, easy to care, and are almost insect and disease free. The Phlox are great flowers to cover the ground; you can use it in the bouquet inside the house. These flowers are attracting to birds and butterflies. Below are a few simple tips Nature Bring, so you can grow it very easily.
Scientific name Phlox paniculata
Common name Garden Phlox, Summer Phlox
Plant type Flowering plant
Sun required Full Sun/ part sun
Soil Loamy/ well-drained
Soil PH 6.0-8
Flower color Blue, white, Red, Pink
Blooming Time Spring /Summer
In spring, its plants should be planted at a distance of 1 to 2 feet depending on the variety. Prepare a garden bed with the help of a garden fork, so that the soil becomes loose from 12 to 15 inches. Add the compost to 2 to 4-inch surface on this bed. Dig with double-diameter of a potted plant in the ground, then carefully remove the plant from the pot and keep it in a hole. Then fill the root ball with the surrounding soil. Then pour water slowly.
Location and soil
The cool sunny climate for phlox, well-drained and loamy, sandy soil is most suitable. These plants prefer the presence of the full sun, although they also tolerate partial shade, the plant requires 6 hours of direct sunlight. The soil should be alkaline; if your soil is acidic then it is recommended to use lime regularly. Grow phlox plants in rich soil. The soil in which the water stops, it should not be better, Hot and dry soil will give you frustration. See for more information on soil.
- You can plant the phlox directly in the ground or in a container. You can also start it indoors and later can transplant. To enjoy the spring bloom, start it indoor the 6 -8 weeks before the last frost. You can transplant young plants in permanent places in the garden.
- The easiest way to propagate this plant is by division. The appropriate time of division is after the blooming or early fall. After planting the seeds of phlox you can sow it early in the season, and after seedling cover it lightly with soil, use the potting soil to apply it in the pot.
- After the last frost date transplant it in the Garden, Give the space plant 8-10 inches apart. They tolerate a small crowd. You can see it as a flower bed or as a border edging.
- To keep moisture and weeds in control, make a layer of 2 inches thick around the plant. In the spring season, apply a thin layer of compost to the plant.
- If the water is not raining in the summer, give the plant water regularly. Be careful while giving water; do not put it on top of the leaves.
- The flower gets faded, then cut it immediately, it will encourage new development, and the flowers will be more.
- Divide tall garden phlox to reduce illnesses and problems, it also increases the power of the plant.
- If you have garden phlox long, then after the first Killing Frost, cut the stem from the soil surface above1 to 2 inches.
During the growing season, use 10-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer in 15 days. Make this application during the spring season for new growth. Dissolve a large spoonful fertilizer in gallon water and stir well. Now pour this mixture directly into the garden, use soluble fertilizers instead of water.
Although the phlox is completely free from insects and diseases, they become disturbed by powdery mildew. There is no serious problem in the phlox. A white coat which peaks over this plant in summer, though it is not very fatal but looks unsightly. The problem of fungus is in high moisture areas. To avoid the problem, it should grow in dry soil, you should treat it soon or otherwise, it will spread throughout the garden. Problems like rust and spots in the leaves can also be in this plant.
There are many species of phlox that are prominent.
- Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) is especially known for covering the ground. Charming place prefers.
- Sternenzauber (Phlox drummondii), when they throw flowers, they look like stars.
- Wagon Wheel (Phlox adsurgens), these are lovely pink flowers and look like wheels.