If autumn does not indulge in rains, it means that water-charging irrigation for phloxes needs to be arranged independently, but before that, fluff the soil a little. After moisturizing, it’s time to feed. Apply superphosphate mixed with a small amount of ash (no more than 8% of the amount of superphosphate) under the bushes. Ash can be replaced with potassium sulfate at the rate of 2 tbsp. l. for every square meter.
Experts from the Becker store know that any kind of phlox should be sheltered, since it is not so much low temperatures that are dangerous for them, but thaws and frosty winds. Another thing is that the shelter should be different. For example, delicate awl-shaped phloxes freeze in frosts above 15 ° C. Therefore, the bushes are mulched and covered with spruce branches, peat crumbs, deciduous litter or agrotextile stretched over the frame.
Attention! Film and linoleum are not suitable for shelter – they do not allow air and moisture to pass through, and perennials under them can dry out.
Remove insulation as soon as it gets warmer outside.
Paniculata varieties are much more frost-resistant, they also tolerate 40-degree frosts. It is enough to cover the ground around them with a layer of mulch, and this can be done even after the arrival of stable frosts.
Shelter of phloxes in different regions of Belarus
The general rule is this: the harsher the winter, the more careful the shelter should be. For example, in the north of our country, flowers should be cut to a minimum and hemp should be left up to 20 cm high. The bushes should be completely covered with mulch, and on top – with spruce paws, sunflower or corn tops. The most valuable and delicate varieties can be transplanted into pots and placed in a cool room for the winter.
In the central areas, the branches are cut off more – they leave hemp up to 8 cm, the ground is also mulched, and the plants are covered with spruce branches or deciduous litter.
In the south of our country, where the temperature does not drop too much, phloxes need to be well cut and mulched with rotted manure, peat or humus. Moreover, the layer should not exceed 5 cm. Please note that young plants cannot be hilled up – their buds are located quite deep underground, and if they are additionally “wrapped” with a dense substrate, they can dry out.
Mistakes that phloxes do not forgive …
In general, perennials are quite “patient” and tenacious, but there is still a limit to their patience. You can’t:
- cut flowers too weak or too strong – act in accordance with the climate of the area and the characteristics of the variety;
- cover plants with air- and moisture-proof materials – there is a high probability of their drying out;
- it is too early to cover perennials – slight frosts will only benefit them, otherwise they will vytuyut;
- do not bring nitrogen complexes under the bushes in the fall – the element stimulates the development of flowers, which is unacceptable before winter.
We have revealed the secrets of preparing phlox for winter. We hope they will help you preserve flowers even in severe frosts, and in the summer you will again admire the beautiful and delicate caps of inflorescences!
Article author: Natalia Rasin