Video about the next-leafed bud: planting, care, reproduction
Shrubs are the basis not only for decorating city parks and squares, they often decorate homesteads and summer cottages. Buddleya is one of the most popular plants in this regard. The type of Buddley David is especially common in landscaping.
But there are other buddleys that deserve our attention. For example, buddlea alternate-leaved is a very beautiful, but at the same time undemanding shrub to growing conditions and care. Unfortunately, this type is nowhere near as popular as other buddleys, and in order to remedy this situation, we will tell you about what the next-leaved buddlea is, and what kind of care it requires.
Video about alternate-leaved buddhlea
I want to tell you about a plant that you do not often see, not only in the plots of amateur gardeners, but also in botanical gardens. Imagine how amazed I was when, while walking around Zaporozhye in early summer, I found several such wonderful bushes in one of the parks. This plant is called buddleya. Just not David's buddley, which is widespread in our gardens and has already become a familiar plant for us, but the alternate-leaved buddlea is a native of the northwestern regions of China, which is well accustomed to the climatic conditions of Ukraine.
What is this plant like? A powerful bush with a height and diameter of about 3 m, and this spherical shape of the crown of the buddleya is natural, it does not even need to be cut on purpose. Budleia has long, lanceolate leaves. Above they are saturated green, and the underside of a grayish hue, which in total gives the foliage a light green color. In summer, the branches of the bush are densely covered with pretty purple flowers and resemble garlands. Flowering lasts about a month.
The buddlea bush looks amazing. I could not pass by and cut the cuttings that rooted well. Now I have 3 seedlings. This plant is extremely unpretentious to the composition of the soil and will not grow only on highly acidic soils. And slightly alkaline, neutral and slightly acidic soils are suitable for him. To the fertility of the buddleya is also absolutely not demanding, moreover, it can withstand frosts down to -25 ⁰C. I found information on the Internet that the buddleya was able to survive a short-term temperature drop, even down to -35 ⁰C.
Flower buds of buddleia alternate-leaved are laid on the shoots of the last year, therefore it is very important that these shoots do not freeze. If the frost damages them, the plant, of course, will not die and will grow new shoots, but the flowering will not be so abundant, or maybe this year it will not be at all. It is surprising that buddleys growing in our city parks, most likely, do not receive any care, but at the same time they bloom magnificently and, apparently, no pests or diseases bother them.
Caring for buddleya alternate-leaved
The buddleya is growing rapidly. Its growing season starts in early May and ends in October, closer to frost. And although buddleya is undemanding to the nutritional value of the soil, if it is regularly fed and watered, it will grow faster, its flowering will be more magnificent and even the color of the flowers will be more saturated. In general, it will look much better.
The only requirement for a buddley is to plant in a place where the plant will be illuminated by the sun from all sides. If there is not enough lighting, that is, buddleya will grow in thickened plantings, the lower part of the bush may become bare. The plant is indifferent to all other conditions, but at the same time it is very attractive and promising for the low-maintenance garden I am creating.
Shelter for the winter
As for wintering, the only thing that seedlings may need in the first year after planting is mulching the surface around them and, maybe, some kind of light cover from spruce branches or from some cut flowers that have already served their purpose. You can cover them with vegetable tops.
It is also recommended to prune wilted flowers. By removing them, you stimulate the formation and development of new kidneys for the next year. In addition, these faded and brown flowers do not look very attractive, so from an aesthetic point of view, it is better to trim them.
Reproduction of buddlea by alternate-leaved cuttings
I decided to grow this unpretentious and highly decorative plant in my area. It is simple to reproduce buddleya alternate-leaved: cut the cuttings, leave no more than 2 upper pairs of leaves on them and put the cuttings in the cuttings under the hood. All my cuttings have taken root. When it was hot, they dried out a little, but recovered quickly and look great.
Transplanting seedlings into open ground
Today I will plant two seedlings in a special place: at the fork in the garden paths, on either side of the ginkgo biloba I have already planted. When you plan to plant a plant, it is very important to consider what size it will be when it grows. Therefore, I stepped back 1.75 m from the paths, so that later, when the buddleya grows, and this, I think, will happen in three or four years, it did not interfere with walking along the paths.
Keep in mind that buddlea ordinary-leaved does not like transplants, because it very quickly forms powerful, but at the same time fragile roots, which can be easily damaged when excavated. You need to plant large plants with a carefully thought out plan in mind. I didn’t sleep for several nights, imagining how everything would look like.
There is nothing special to say about the planting: the pits were dug and filled with a loose fertile mixture of compost and garden soil. Now I will carefully cut the glasses with seedlings, plant the cuttings, be sure to water them properly and mulch the surface.
I will plant a buddley and wait for it to be big and beautiful.
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Budleya: the process of planting in open ground and rules of care
Budleya was brought to us from England, and quite a long time ago. This is a huge flowering shrub with thin (one might say, twisted) branches that reach 2.5 meters in height. Its inflorescences are slightly similar to lilacs, but they are more oblong. In fact, quite a few varieties of budlei are known at the moment.
One of the brightest "individuals" of this plant is David's budley. She was brought to us from China. This variety begins to bloom from mid-August. But there are also exceptions. Depending on weather conditions, this plant can throw out inflorescences even in early October. They are quite large, growing up to 20 cm in diameter.
Closer to winter, when the air temperature reaches -10C, its thin branches begin to freeze. There is nothing wrong with that, since next year new beautiful branches will grow from the remaining "stump". The most famous types of budley:
- Black night... It is closer to wild shrubs than to domestic ones. The color of its inflorescences takes on a dark purple color, and reaches up to 30 cm in diameter. A small bush can produce up to 55 flowers in one efflorescence.
- Royal red... One of the most famous varieties. It is distinguished by its bright purple color with a red tint.
- Budleya David White Profussion. She is snow-white in color with a pink speck at the mouth of the snorkel.
Buddlea david landing and leaving
Planting a buddleya includes several stages. In February, the plant should be pre-planted at home - in boxes or pots. From April to May, the soil is already sufficiently warmed up for planting seedlings in open ground.
Usually, the plant is left in a container when buried so as not to harm the root system. Before the onset of cold weather, it is dug up and moved in special containers for storage in a cool place (the basement will do fine). In order to avoid moisture evaporation, it is better to cover the container with foil, without touching the plant itself.
For the winter, only age specimens of 2, 3 years of experience should remain in the soil, taking into account the fact that frosty winters and light winters with a predominance of thaws are dangerous for buddleya. After winter, the buddleya can be planted again in the open ground in the same spring period. If this is not done, the plant will not have enough moisture in summer and will need to be watered frequently.
Propagation of buddley cuttings
Rooted cuttings of buddleya photo
For propagation, use cuttings 15-20 cm long. Cuttings can be of two types:
- Cuttings from green young shoots, which are cut in the spring.
- Cuttings from lignified shoots, which are cut in the fall.
Remove the lower leaves from the cutting, treat the cut with a growth stimulator. Plant in a sandy-peat mixture, deepening the cuttings by 3-5 cm, cover with a cap, ventilate, moisten the soil. After a couple of weeks, rooting will occur, the shelter must be removed and the young plants should be planted in open ground. Be sure to provide shelter for the winter.
Description of the budleya of the next-leaf and David
The homeland of the alternate-leaved budleya is the lands of northwestern China. Heat-loving plant, prefers sun and dry air. However, despite the love for high temperatures, this variety is one of the most frost-resistant.
This variety has several varieties:
- Budleya David Arkin Kust is more suitable than anyone else for creating bouquets. The inflorescences have volumetric shapes and a blue-violet hue. The culture is very afraid of cold weather, therefore it needs shelter for the winter.
It is a tall plant. The crown is spreading, the branches are arched with a smooth bark. The leaves are rather dull, dark green in color. The plates are oval with a pointed apex. On the inside, there are hairs on the leaves, as a result of which they acquire a gray tint.
Inflorescences are rather small, grow in the form of a bunch. This variety blooms profusely for 25 days.
The main difference between the budleya ordinary-leaved is that the buds grow on the shoots left over from the last year. Therefore, in case of severe cold weather, the plant can bloom very weakly.
Budleya David has an average height of two to three meters. The shape of the bush is spreading. Shoots are slightly lowered down. The root system is superficial. Flowering begins at the age of three. To achieve constant bud formation, all faded inflorescences must be removed in time.
The flowers of this variety are small. Each of them is divided into four parts. It is their structure that resembles the well-known lilac. The shape is tubular. Shades can be different. Often the buds are white or pastel shades. There are also bright orange, pink and crimson tones. The flowering time begins in July and lasts until the end of autumn. This type of shrub is very popular. Often such a plant can be found in garden plots, in parks.
Budleya: external characteristics
In nature, there are more than a hundred varieties of budlei. These are beautifully flowering evergreen or deciduous shrubs with lignified stems and herbaceous young shoots. As a cultivated plant, budley, planting and caring for which even an inexperienced gardener is strong, has been grown since 1890. It is planted as a single plant and in group plantings. Compositions from assorted budley look especially harmonious. It will be advisable to plant this culture among the bushes of spring-summer flowering (weigela, spirea, action, forsythia), which will be replaced at the end of the flowering of the latter.
The height of the bush is 1.5-3 meters, the arrangement of lanceolate leaves on the stems is in pairs. The flowers are small, melliferous, very fragrant like lilac flowers, divided into 4 lobes. Fruits are elongated capsules with seeds.
David is a worthy decoration for any landscape. Designers have been using it for a long time to compose luxurious compositions, fill voids in plots, and update the landscape. Its lonely plantings look spectacular among low plants. Dominating them, Buddleya fully reveals his beauty.
The spreading shrub looks good as a hedge, among flower arrangements. Different types of plants planted together are remarkably combined, differing in size, color, shape of inflorescences.
Always beautiful, luxurious, graceful buddleya will decorate the site and give a lot of pleasant, inexpressible emotions and minutes of calm rest.