Subulate phlox (60+ photos in landscape design): description of varieties, planting, care, cultivation and reproduction

The beauty of phlox attracts the attention of not only people, but also exotic butterflies.

The beauty of phlox attracts the attention of not only people, but also exotic butterflies

A subulate phlox is not a capricious plant. It takes root in different soils and does not require special growing conditions, therefore it successfully adapts to different situations. But nevertheless, in order for its charming flowering to please for a long time, phlox needs to create optimal conditions. Which ones – we will tell you in detail.

A riot of colors in one bouquet

A riot of colors in one bouquet

Phlox: description of the species and characteristics

This type of phlox is successfully used in landscape design, since this plant grows rapidly on fertile soil, creating a bright flower spot. Phlox can be miniature – only 25 cm in height or a giant up to 1.2 m.The variety of color palette can also surprise: purple, pink, red – all shades.

Note! Individual pieces can be two-tone, which makes their decorative effect even more attractive.

The magic of phlox fields fascinates and makes you believe in a fairy tale

The magic of phlox fields fascinates and makes you believe in a fairy tale

It is also worth knowing that the plant in question is a perennial of spring flowering. The homeland of the subulate phlox is North America. This species is successfully used for growing in rock gardens. It looks great on slopes, and due to the powerful root system, you can also strengthen the necessary areas. Due to the rapid formation of soil cover, phloxes are successfully used in cascade compositions.

Popular phlox varieties (photo)

There are many of them, but there are the most popular ones, among which:

Variety Feature
Candy Stripes White with a pinkish stripe in the center
Mayishne Dazzles with whiteness, due to this it received the greatest distribution
Tellaria Star shape, lilac, marked by long flowering
Thumbelina Intense pink color, grows quickly

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Phlox subulate: breeding options

Before considering leaving, you should familiarize yourself with the reproduction options for phlox. Let’s take a closer look at the ways.

  1. Dividing the bush. This method is the simplest and most popular one. If you notice that the bush has grown a lot, it should be dug up and divided into parts. It is important that there is a piece of root in each part. The optimal time for the procedure is spring, before flowering..
  2. Shoots. They should be pinned to the ground and covered with soil. It is important that the stem nodes fit snugly against the ground, in which case the roots will grow from them. As soon as young growth appears, the new bushes can be separated from the mother. The plant is transplanted to a convenient place.
  3. Cuttings. Such propagation is not often used, but it can be a measure of rescuing accidentally broken off stems. From the bottom of the branch, you need to remove all the leaves, dig the stalk in a shady area and wait until it grows. After that, you can transplant to a permanent place..
  4. Seeds. Another method that is not used very often. Sowing seedlings should be carried out at the end of winter. Seedlings will appear in 2-3 weeks. After 2-4 true leaves grow, you can pick into separate containers. For the successful growth and development of seedlings, the soil must be constantly moist..

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Rules for planting and caring for styloid phlox

Important! In order for the styloid phlox to successfully fulfill its function, you need to give preference to a sunny and dry area. It is worth checking the soil under it: infertile, but dry and loose is allowed. Acidity – slightly alkaline or neutral.

Important! If you plant phlox on wet chernozem, you will get a lot of greenery, but it will practically not bloom..

You need to plant the plant to a depth of no more than 15 cm, the root system is not very deep. A distance of 20-30 cm should be left between adjacent bushes. When choosing a place, you should pay attention to the predecessor. The best is any perennial herb.

The harmonious presence of phlox in the landscape design of the suburban area

Phlox in the landscape design of a summer cottage

Advice! You should not plant bushes after strawberries. These plants have common pests – nematodes. If they were with strawberries, then they will probably also settle on phlox.

Care procedure:

  1. Loosen the soil regularly under each bush.
  2. Destroy weeds as they appear.
  3. Moderate watering with warm water. If you use cold, you can get cracked stems.
  4. Inflorescences wither during the season, they need to be removed.

Advice! To ensure lush and long-lasting flowering, subulate phlox must be replanted every 5 years..

Particular attention should be paid to preparing for wintering. Although the flowers are considered frost-hardy, this is realized only when they are covered with a large layer of snow and there is no thaw. In order for the snow to become reliable protection, you should carry out the autumn trimming of the tops, and sprinkle the roots with earth and peat. Additional cover can be made from straw, spruce branches, fallen leaves.

Warm winters with regular thaws will bring inconvenience, since during periods of warming, the plant needs to be opened, and when it gets cold, it should be covered again. If this is neglected, phloxes can simply wipe out.

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Fertilizer for phlox

For annuals, top dressing is needed four times per season, for perennials – five times. The application scheme is something like this:

Month Fertilizer type
May liquid manure diluted in water
the beginning of June also manure with added superphosphate
early July liquid manure
end of july potassium and phosphorus. Moreover, it is better to make such a top dressing in the evening.

Advice! Fertilization with ash shows good results. To do this, it should be prepared as follows: pour 350 g of ash with 2 liters of water and boil for 10 minutes. After that, let it brew until completely cooled. It is a concentrate and should be diluted with 10 liters of water. You can fertilize phlox with ash both under the root and on the leaves..

I follow the tips for caring for plants, you can enjoy the beauty of the site for a long time

Following the tips for caring for plants, you can enjoy the beauty of the site for a long time.

Note! To accelerate the growth of the root system after winter, it is useful to water the bushes with humus..

Diseases, pests and treatment of styloid phlox

Phlox is most susceptible to powdery mildew disease. It is often attacked by caterpillars, which damage the stem, which can lead to the death of the plant. You can notice the first traces of pests by the brownish bloom on the leaves, they will also curl.

You can avoid the lightning-fast spread of phlox diseases by periodically examining the stem and leaves of the plant.

You can avoid the rapid spread of phlox disease by regularly examining the stem and leaves of the plant.

Important! If the caterpillars have destroyed the bush, it must be dug up and burned. Phlox cannot be re-planted in the old place for 2-3 years..

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Plants also suffer from lack of water and thickening. Therefore, when planting, the correct distance between the bushes should be maintained. In general, the styloid phlox is an excellent groundcover that produces a powerful, intense, beautiful flowering. All he needs is a little grooming and the right place.

Cute flower bed design - every bush has plenty of space and light

Cute flower bed design: each bush has plenty of space and light