A gentle and very beautiful plant lily of the valley is indispensable for flower beds and lawns located on the shady side. In spring, the lily of the valley pleases with miniature flowers with a delicate aroma, in summer its wide and succulent leaves spread in a continuous carpet, shading any floral arrangement. Lily of the valley is a perennial plant, which can rightly be called aggressive due to its active distribution. It’s enough to plant several roots in the ground and soon your whole lawn will be filled with fragrant lily of the valley.Autumn is the time to plant lilies of the valley!
It is best to plant lilies of the valley in the fall. However, they take root well in the case of spring planting. Since lily of the valley is a shady plant, you should avoid excessively lit places, which are characterized by the active influence of direct sunlight. If you could not find a completely shadow area, penumbra will do. Amateur gardeners often plant lilies of the valley in the shade of fruit trees. They grow well and feel great.
Lily of the valley can be grown from seeds, but it is best to transplant the whole plants or use the method of division of rhizomes. So you can quickly wait for flowering. In the fall, landing is carried out in September, and in the spring months of April and May are considered the optimal time.
Lily of the valley is unpretentious and can grow on almost any soil except saline and boggy. Most of all, he prefers light loam with good water and air permeability, medium or low acidity.
Rhizomes are planted to a depth of 1.5-2.5 cm, after which they should be abundantly watered. Lily of the valley loves moisture, and overdrying the soil can result in the absence of flowering. In some cases, a lack of water leads to the appearance of excessively small and rare flowers.
How to care for lily of the valley
After planting, the rooting period begins, which lasts for a month. At this time, it will be useful to use organic fertilizers for the best effect from planting. But mineral fertilizers will become appropriate only after a year.
Due to the fact that the lily of the valley is unpretentious, it is not worth saturating it with chemicals too much. The main thing is to water the plant on time, but not to breed excessive dampness in the flowerbed. Weeds are best disposed of by hand, and watering can be done as soon as the earth around the plant dries.
Lily of the valley is beautiful, but poisonous, so all planting and care work must be carried out with gloves. If your yard has many small children, then the plant should be freed from ripened berries just in case.Flowerbed with lilies of the valley and daffodils.
Flowers only at first glance may seem fragile and delicate. In matters of distribution to nearby territories, lilies of the valley are quite aggressive. Every year they expand their habitat area by about 20 cm.
Reproduction is carried out using self-seeding and the growth of the root system. If lilies of the valley are provided with a favorable environment for them, they will quickly capture the entire lawn. So you can get a lush green carpet from these broad-leaved plants.
Once every three years, lilies of the valley should be thinned out, since in too thick greens, flowering is significantly reduced.