Beschorneria… A Yucca in the garden? No but…
Beschorneria is a not very hardy perennial. It forms beautiful tufts of soft leaves that stretch from the base of the foot. They are bluish green in color. The leaves of beschorneria are persistent, long and slender, they can resemble that of certain varieties of Yucca.
The flowers - green-yellow or pink in color - are carried by a very long stem of a beautiful bright red, almost vermilion, which stands out perfectly from the foliage in a beautiful contrast.
There are a dozen or so species of beschorneria with floral ports which may be different. This is the opportunity to discover them in your best nurseries!
• Cycle: Perennial
• Foliage: Persistent
• Hardiness: semi-rustic
• Family: Agavaceae, agavaceae
• Harbor : Small upright tuft
• Exhibition: Sun
• Ground : Sandy, drained
• Sowing: Under shelter in autumn or late winter
• Plantation: April May
• Flowering: May to July
• Fruiting: -
• Rooting: Roots
• Cultivation area: Everywhere zone 9a to 10 see hardiness map
• Origin: Europe
• Honey plant: No
• Edible plant: –
• Poisonous Plant: No
• Cold resistance: -7 ° C
Benefits to the garden
• Evergreen foliage
• Original and spectacular inflorescence
Description of beschorneria
The plant can reach a good size at maturity: from 1.5 to more than 2 meters. A beautiful tufted foliage at the base of the plant, starting from the ground. The leaves resemble that of the Yucca. From this tuft, large green and then red stems stretch out, which will develop into the bell-shaped flowers.
• Type of soil: Poor, sandy or stony, well drained.
• Exhibition: Sun
• Watering: in case of drought.
When to plant beschorneria
• Plant it when all risk of frost has passed, at the end of April or May.
How to plant them
• Prepare the ground. Dig a hole 30 cm in diameter and deep.
• Place some stones.
• Mix the garden soil with planting soil and 50% sand.
• Place your beschorneria, the snare should not be buried.
• Finish filling the hole with the earth-soil-sand mixture.
• Beschorneria "Quicksilver" with bluish or even silver leaves.
And other species:
• Beschorneria “albiflora Matuda”
• Beschorneria "calcicola"
• Beschorneria “dubia Carrière”
• Beschorneria "rigida Rose"
• Beschorneria "septentrionalis"
• Beschorneria "tubiflora"
• Beschorneria "wrightii"
• Agaves, lilies ...
With or without a garden ...
In the garden :
In a cluster of Mediterranean plants, in a gravel garden, in large rockery, on an embankment ...
And without a garden:
In a large terracotta or wooden container, with a very drained mixture, composed of equal parts of geranium soil and sand. Bring the pot into a cold greenhouse or indoors in regions with severe winters.We recap: Beschorneria
• Plant: Perennial and semi-hardy to -7 ° C.
• Flowering: May to July.
• Type of soil: Sandy and well drained.
• Planting: On site in April-May.
• Maintenance: Clean faded flowers.
• Use: In beds, or alone.
• Cultivation in pots: in a large pot of at least 50 cm, in a soil-soil-sand mixture. A beautiful wooden or terracotta pot will be perfect on the terrace, in full sun.
• Protect the plant in winter
Photo by Dick Culbert at http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9181286152 Mixed with another image whose rights are in the public domain.
Beschorneria, looks like a yucca in the garden
Beschorneria is a not very hardy perennial. It forms beautiful tufts of soft leaves that stretch from the base of the foot. They are bluish green in color, they are persistent long and slender, they can remind that of certain varieties of Yucca.
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Description of Sage in a pot
- Latin name : Salvia officinalis
- Synonyms : Common sage, Sacred herb
- Family : Lamiaceae
- Origin : Mediterranean, Asia, North Africa
- Flowering period : from May to October
- Flower color : white, pink, purple, blue
- Type of plant : aromatic plant
- Type of vegetation : perennial, biennial or annual (depending on the variety)
- Foliage type : deciduous / persistent / semi-persistent (depending on the variety)
Characteristics of Sage
Medicinal sage belongs to the Lamiaceae family like other aromatic plants: lavender, oregano, rosemary, thyme ... Native to the Mediterranean, it is also found in Asia and North Africa. Sage has been used since the Middle Ages for its health benefits. But it's also a pretty plant to grow just for the beauty of its leaves and flowers.
The officinal sage has a very soft foliage and down which can be persistent or semi-persistent depending on the variety. From May to October, sage produces a multitude of white, pink, purple or blue honey flowers.
How to maintain the Araucaria?
|Watering||Summer: once a week |
Winter: keep the soil moist
|Fertilizer||Nitrogen fertilizer every 15 days|
|Growth||> 10 m|
|Diseases||Powdery mildew and mites|
Exhibition / Location
If you want to plant an Araucaria in your garden, the choice of location is very important. Firstly, keep it far enough away from the house (between 6 and 10m) because, if its dimensions are more modest in our regions than in Chile, it can spread out enormously. Also choose a location sheltered from the winds and sunny. When young, Araucaria tolerates temperatures down to -12 ° C. Its resistance to cold increases with age: an adult can then tolerate down to -15 ° C.
Some Araucaria species, such as Araucaria heterophylla or Norfolk Pine, can be grown indoors because they cannot tolerate temperatures below 5 ° C.
How to water the Araucaria?
The Araucaria is quite demanding in terms of watering. For a good rooting, water it in large quantities the first 2 years after planting. Subsequently, the rain will take over in the garden ... Cultivated species indoors, as for them, must be watered at least Once a week in summer, as soon as the earth on the surface is dry. In winter, reduce watering, making sure to keep the soil moist.
Which fertilizer to use?
The culture of the Araucaria in the garden does not require the addition of fertilizer. If you are growing it in a pot or container, bring somenitrogen fertilizer every 15 days during the growth period.
Araucaria requires very little maintenance other than a minimum of watering. The first year, it may be wise to protect your young tree from the cold by placing a good mulch at the base and a wintering veil.
How to repot it?
The repotting of potted Araucaria takes place in early fall and approximately every 2 years. Choose a well-drained and light soil as well as clay balls that you will place at the bottom of the container. When the Araucaria gets too big to repot, just top up the potting soil.
The Despair of monkeys most often multiplies by seed in spring, the cuttings of this tree being too delicate.
How to prune the Araucaria?
For cultivated subjects indoors, it will be necessary to remove old branches that turn brown (remember to wear gloves!).
Diseases and Parasites
Alone powdery mildew and certain mites can come and attack your Araucaria. But these attacks are usually rare and short-lived. The Monkey Despair is a tree very resistant to pests.
Non-toxic but its white latex can be irritating.
Some species of Alocasia
The genus alocasia comprises approximately 70 species, some of which flourish more easily indoors:
- Alocasia macrorrhiza : a tuberous species that can reach 2 m in height, with an erect habit, then spreading out. Its well-ribbed leaves are bright green and offer a pretty shine. Their border is embossed.
- Alocasia x amazonica Polly : it presents a dark green sagittate foliage with lighter and silvery veins. This species tolerates the lack of light well.
- Alocasia Black Velvet : undoubtedly the best suited to indoor cultivation thanks to its compact habit (around 50 cm high at maturity). Its velvety foliage offers a deep dark green tint, with purple reverse.
- Alocasia calidora : in tank, this species can reach 1.50 m in height. It offers a very graceful erect habit, leaves with cut edges of a bright green hue, ribbed with light green.
- Alocasia plumbea Nigra : its large folded and shiny leaves require a strong light to maintain their dark purple color, almost black.
- Alocasia sanderiana : its triangular leaves with wavy edges, very ribbed, have a dark green color with silver veins, purple reverse.
Broom pruning and maintenance
The broom is an easy shrub that requires little care, both in terms of pruning and watering.
It is best not to prune too soon after planting so that it takes its natural shape quickly.
In the following years, prune the twigs of the broom year after flowering about half.
You can also restore a beautiful silhouette to your broom just after flowering.
- All about shrub size
Brush broom watering:
On the watering side, only the first year requires a regular supply of water.
Plant a bare root rose
IMPORTANT : Planting a bare root rose cannot be done outside the current period of the mid-November until the end of Februaryby avoiding periods of frost at all costs.
Follow the same process as for a rose bush in a container, but instead of soaking the root ball in water,
- Cut the roots in order to leave a length of approximately 20-25 cm.
- Dip the roots ina pralinein order to promote their contact with the soil once in the ground.
When planting it is important to pack well when the rose bush is in the ground so that all the roots are in contact with your mixture of garden soil and potting soil.