The Geicherella plant was artificially produced, so it simply cannot be found in natural conditions. The breeders who created it wanted to breed a very beautiful plant, ideal for landscape design. And they succeeded.
Peculiarities of Geicherella
The Geicherella hybrid is a perennial. It was bred from a cross between Geicherella and Tiarella.
This herbaceous crop is designed to be grown in the open ground. Its surface root system consists of thick roots. Its shoots are very flexible and its long-petioled leaves are highly decorative. The leaf petioles as well as the lower part of the leaves are covered with dense pubescence.
The leaf plates have a split shape, making them very similar to maple leaves.
Some species produce small, light-colored flowers in the summertime. The average height of such a plant is about 50 cm. The greatest height of Geicherella is about 0.7 m, but this is together with the paniculate inflorescences rising above the foliage.
This culture is widely used by gardeners and designers alike in creating floral ensembles or borders.
This flower is unpretentious:
- it grows well in both shaded and sunny areas;
- its foliage remains very bright and beautiful until frost;
- under a layer of snow, the plant is not harmed by frosts up to minus 40 degrees;
- takes drought well, but only briefly;
- needs no special care;
- responds well to moderate fertilization (starts growing faster).
Unpretentious perennials. Geichera and Geicherella What's the difference?
Potting Geicherella in the open ground
Geicherry was used in the creation of Geicherella and passed on some species features to it. For example, Geicherella prefers to grow in neutral or slightly alkaline soil. And it also reacts very negatively to stagnant water in the roots.
In medium latitudes, before planting such a plant, the soil on the plot is mixed with dolomite flour. At the bottom of the prepared holes a layer of drainage 30-50 mm thick is poured. It is also recommended to pour one handful of wood ash into each hole, which will play the role of a complex mineral fertilizer. After the seedling is placed in the hole, all the voids are filled with loose soil. At the same time, remember that the central bud must necessarily remain open.
On a 1 m2 plot, you can grow no more than 12 bushes.
Geicherella grows well both in the shade and in sunny areas. However, experienced gardeners recommend, to choose a place for planting such a plant taking into account the peculiarities of a particular variety. For example, in the shade, bushes with raspberry or green leaf plates grow best. But varieties with delicate color of leaves (for example, silvery) feel well on sunny plots.
The culture will grow best in an area that is part of the day in a little shade. For example, in the lacy penumbra of tall shrubs or trees.
Care for Geicherella
Care for Geicherella is quite simple and even an inexperienced gardener can handle it. At the beginning of the spring period, all the dead leaf plates should be cut off from the shrub. Watering the plant is necessary only during a prolonged drought.
Remember that allow stagnant liquid in the root system of the culture in any case should not be allowed. In this regard, during the planting of seedlings in the ground, it is necessary to arrange rainwater outflow from the bushes.
The plant does not need nutrition. However, some gardeners feed young bushes with nitrogen-containing fertilizers. The root system of the flower is superficial and often it is denuded.
That is why it is recommended to systematically cover the soil surface around the bushes with a layer of a mixture consisting of coarse sand and humus. Note, however, that there should not be too much organic matter, as this will negatively affect the condition of the Geyherella.
To ensure that the bushes are always neat and showy, it is always recommended to replant them regularly. This procedure is done once every 3 or 4 years, making sure to divide the shrub into several parts.
Geicherella can be propagated in two ways: by cuttings and by dividing the rhizome.
It cannot be grown from seed. Like most hybrids, this plant forms flowers, but does not form fruit with seeds.
Divide this plant regularly: once every 3 or 4 years. If this procedure is neglected, the overgrown bush will soon lose its attractiveness. Thus, its shoots will begin to actively stretch and their tops will wither.
Transplanting with division of the bush is recommended from the middle to the end of July or in the first days of August. This is when the bushes are fading and their roots begin to grow vigorously. Bushes transplanted at the end of summer will have time to root well before frost.
After the plant is removed from the ground, you should:
- wash its roots well;
- cut off all withered shoots;
- divide the bush into several parts.
Please note that each partition should have a healthy bud.
When planting bushes in the open ground, keep a distance of 0.2-0.3 m between them. If the dividers are too small, they are planted in small pots at first. Once they are stronger and older, they can be planted in the open air.
For cuttings, young shoots that appear in the springtime are used. Cuttings can be taken as early as the first days of April. The cuttings should be placed in a container filled with water, which is mixed with Rooting agent beforehand. As a rule, the roots in the cuttings grow after 25-30 days. As soon as this happens, the cuttings are planted in pots filled with fertile substrate.
Transplanting a young bush into the garden is carried out only when it begins to grow actively and young leaf plates are formed. The bush adapts very quickly to the new conditions. If the seedling was transplanted to the open ground in late autumn, it will need a good shelter, for the creation of which you can use fallen leaves and needles, straw or covering material.
Diseases and pests
Heyherella is very resistant to most diseases. However, it can sometimes suffer from diseases such as powdery mildew or brown spot.
The shrub becomes infected from a diseased plant nearby or by fluid retention in the root system.
If whitish formations appear on the surface of the leaves, it means that the shrub is affected by powdery mildew. You can get rid of it by treating with a fungicide solution.
Brownish spots appearing on the leaves are a sign that the bush has brown spot disease. The disease most often develops during rainy, warm summers due to stagnant fluid in the soil.
To save the Geicherella, it should be sprayed with copper-containing preparations.
In some cases, the scalding rays of the sun can leave burns on the surface of the leaf plates. More abundant watering in the evening or in the morning on hot days will help prevent this.
Slugs can damage the juicy leaves. They cause large holes to appear on the plates and white streaks (slug marks) to form.
To keep pests away from the flowers, sprinkle hydrate lime on the soil surface near the stems. To increase the efficiency of this procedure, it is recommended to sprinkle lime in the evening or early morning, when slugs are most active. Lime can be replaced by eggshells that should be well kneaded.
Furrow weevils may settle on the root system of the plant. If the upper part of the bush began to actively dry out, this is a sure sign of the presence of the pest.
In order to scare them away from Geyherella, it is recommended to scatter sawdust soaked in creolin near the bushes. To prepare a therapeutic solution, you will need to combine half a bucket of water with 1 tbsp. creolin. Also get rid of the pest will help and spraying the plant with a solution of mustard powder: 1 tbsp. powder per 1 liter of water.
Heyherella species and varieties with photos and names
Heyherella has many varieties that differ from each other in color and size of the leaves. There are varieties whose leaves are colored in red, green, purple and other shades. The elongated inflorescences consist of small bell-shaped flowers. The following varieties are most popular:
It has leaves colored in a deep green hue and inflorescences in coral pink.
The pale green leaves have a silvery hue.
This compact plant has a caramel red hue. It grows no more than 30 centimeters across and its height varies from 15 to 20 centimeters. The best place to grow it is in the lacy shade of large trees. The foliage is colored red in the spring and changes to burgundy in the fall. This plant is great for rockeries and borders, and it also looks great with geraniums, hostas, and other varieties of Geicherella.
Bush is recommended to grow next to other green-leaved plants or ferns.
The name is translated as 'solar eclipse'. The carved foliage is of a bright maroon hue with a pale lettuce border along the edge.
The plant reaches about 0.45 m in height.
Its leaf plates are yellowish-green in the springtime and change to dark green in the last summer weeks, with veins tinted brown.
Big leaves with a carved edge can be colored in a variety of hues, from red-orange to yellowish-green. It has been noticed, however, that the warmer it is outside, the less purplish the shade of purple in the color of the leaves. On thin flower stalks, inflorescences of 25 to 30 centimeters in height rise, which include white flowers. They adorn the bush from mid-May through the last weeks of July.
A medium-sized bush is decorated with orange-purple foliage with pale salalate trim. This plant looks even more spectacular during the flowering period, because at this time the snow-white small flowers open on it.
This bush looks best against an open ground of brownish color. The green plates are decorated with veins of a fiery red hue.
The large leaf plates are brownish-red and the edge is a peach hue.
The pale brown veins cut the leaves into several lobes.
This variety reaches its highest degree of ornamentation during flowering. The pale pink paniculate inflorescences look most striking against the bright green foliage.
Also often cultivated are varieties such as: "Kimono", "Quick Silver", "Sweet tee", RedStoneFalls, "Alabama Sunrise" and many others. There are a huge number of varieties and more each year.
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