Chelone flowers: pink flamingos

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Plant type: perennial.

Description: This is a hardy plant that reaches a height of 90 cm to 1.8 m. The large height of the flower makes it excellent for growing in gardens against other flowering plants. Helon grows to a width of about 50 cm. The name of the perennial is associated with a turtle, which is similar to the shape of the flowers. In the wild, the flower grows in swampy areas, where there is good lighting and constantly humid. This explains the conditions of the flower, which needs regular watering.

  • Homeland: For the first time in the wild, this beautifully flowering perennial was found in North America.
  • Foliage: dark green, lanceolate, serrated.
  • Care: This plant is easy to care for.
  • Growing environment: garden or greenhouse.
  • Lighting: full sun.

Watering: The soil should always be moist. In the summer, when there is no rain, watering should be as plentiful as possible. Even when the chelone is dormant, the soil must be kept moist.

Helon flower in the photo in a greenhouse.

Flowering: Lilac-pink flowers appear on erect clusters in late summer and autumn. The brightest shade of flowers in the Helon Pink Flamingo variety.

Soil Type: The soil should be slightly boggy and rich in nutrients. Keep the pH level between 5 and 7. In order to measure the level of acidity, use various test indicators. The soil must be well-drained. Loams are best. For the plant to develop well, choose a place in the garden where the soil does not dry out for a long time.

Fertilizers: Use organic fertilizers. They should be applied in early spring. Humus is great as a fertilizer.

Reproduction: carried out by dividing or planting seeds. They should be planted in autumn or spring. Helon sprouts 7 cm long must be placed in a sandy bed and kept in such conditions for 3-4 weeks. When they have roots, you can transplant the seedlings into the soil of an ordinary composition.

Planting: When growing indoors, plant Helon flowers 7-8 weeks before you take them to the garden. You can transplant the plant either in early spring or autumn. Seedlings germinate within 2-7 weeks, while the temperature should be at the level of 15°C. The distance between the shoots should be about 20-30 cm. The soil should be moist or even firebox. Add some fertilizer to the hole you dug. Planting seedlings in the garden should be no deeper than they were buried in the container. Mulching the soil with a 7 cm layer of organic compost will have a positive effect. After planting, fill the hole with water.

If you reproduce helones in the garden by planting seeds, then they do not need to be deeply buried, and planting should be carried out after the last frost.

Pests: The perennial can be affected by powdery mildew, rust fungus, slugs and snails. After purchasing a plant, always carefully inspect it for any insects.

Application: Helon flower reaches a great height, due to which it is mainly used for decorative purposes. These gorgeous flowers look great with other flowering plants that prefer damp conditions. These can be anafalis, lobelia, saplings, Siberian or Japanese irises, hibiscus and lyatris. Helon oblique is the most popular among gardeners. The flowers of this variety have a pink or purple hue.

Optional: Remove old leaves and prune old plant stems. Due to this approach, flowering will be more abundant and spectacular.

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