Delicate lilies of the valley herald the beginning of spring, are perceived as a symbol of light and purity. But few people know that there are different types of this flower. There are multi-colored and even terry varieties.
A variety with showy leaves and fragrant cream-white flowers. The inflorescences are drooping, and the lily of the valley does not bloom very abundantly. However, this species is distinguished by variegated foliage. The deep green large pointed leaves have thin creamy veins. Therefore, the plant pleases not only before flowering, but also after it.
The lily of the valley grows to a height of about 25 cm. The bright bushes will look especially impressive in the semi-shady corners of the garden, and it can also be planted next to other shrubs. But the soil must be fertile. The plant is hardy and does not require shelter.
This species can reach a height of 30 cm. The lily of the valley has small pale pink bell-shaped flowers. Up to 14 buds can be located on one brush. Depending on the place of growth, it manifests its characteristics in different ways. In partial shade, the blush will appear better, and under the bright sun, the flowers fade and become pale pink.
Foliage of a standard oblong shape of a monochromatic emerald color. The plant is unpretentious in care, but it grows slowly. However, it grows faster in loose soil.
Has standard white bell-shaped flowers. There are 8-12 buds on the tassel. The main feature of this variety is its foliage. In spring it is yellow, and towards the end of the season it changes its color to light green. The leaves are long, wide, rounded with pointed ends.
Lily of the valley prefers to grow in partial shade or in the shade, but it will also take root well in the sun. The main condition for good growth is fertile and moist soil, but without stagnant water.
Another variety of lily of the valley that has colored veins on the leaves. But unlike the species Albistratia and Vic Pawlowski's Gold, Aureovariegata does not have the rare cream or golden veins.
The leaves are tall, wide enough and elongated, twisted into a small tube, their color is bright green. The veins are often located on them and have a rich yellow tint.
With good lighting, the variety also blooms profusely. The flowers are fragrant, white, about 10-15 per branch. The plant reaches a height of 25 cm. It does not require special care and grows very quickly.
A rare and very beautiful lily of the valley. Its main decoration is unusual inflorescences, consisting of 10-12 large double flowers with a double corolla.
The three lower snow-white petals are more elongated. The rest of the white petals are much smaller, have a rounded shape, their centers are green with yellow veins. The foliage of this species is standard, oblong, emerald in color. The plant reaches a height of only 15 cm.
This species has beautiful elongated dark green leaves with wide golden or cream stripes along the entire length. Moreover, they are located much more often than in the Albistratia variety. However, a beautiful pattern on the foliage is preserved only in the presence of good lighting; in the shade, the leaves turn green.
The buds are more standard. They are collected on a branch in several pieces and painted white. Plant height can reach 20-30 cm. It is unpretentious in care, but grows slowly. It is quite frost-resistant, and therefore it is possible not to cover it for the winter.
Another variety with yellow leaves, which significantly distinguishes such a plant from the rest. But unlike Golden Slippers, Aurea has more golden foliage. On some leaf plates, the green color remains only in the form of thin stripes, while the rest is painted in milky yellow tones.
The flowers are dull and inconspicuous, white in color, there are no more than 10 of them on a branch. The plant reaches a height of 20 cm. This type of lily of the valley will grow well in a shaded place on a fairly fertile soil. It is quite frost-resistant, therefore, it does not need to be covered for the winter.
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Lilies of the valley are most often represented by one species, "May", but it is worth knowing and "recognizing by sight" two more equally beautiful species - "keiske" and "mountain". Let's take a closer look at them.
This forest plant is capable of pleasing no less with its flowering and aroma at home. Breeding lilies of the valley, planting and indoor care requires mandatory compliance with the nuances of agricultural technology, which determine how to plant lilies of the valley on the windowsill with the greatest efficiency. Natural conditions are artificially created for successful forcing. The whole process takes approximately 3 weeks. The most optimal time for forcing, when both leaves and flowers are fully developed, is February.
Choose healthy, clean rhizomes with a few thick buds. Selected specimens are stored in a box with peat or moss at a temperature of 1-2 ° C. 9-10 days before the expected date of planting, the rhizome is kept at a temperature of -3-5 ° C. Further, after complete thawing, the sprouts are taken out of the box and the roots are cut, leaving 8 cm. To obtain early flowering, you can hold them in warm water (30-35 ° C) for about 12 hours.
Further, lilies of the valley are planted directly in pots.
The following composition of the nutrient soil is recommended
- 2 parts of deciduous land, 1 part of greenhouse, half of turf and 1 part of sand. Sod land can be replaced with peat. The room should be kept at a temperature of about 22 ° C. Water immediately after planting and as the soil dries up with warm water. It is helpful to spray the plants to create the desired moisture level. Flowering can be expected on the 20-25th day.
With the appearance of the first flowers, it is recommended to lower the temperature to 16 ° C. In such a cool room, the flowering period can last up to a month or even a little longer. With a warmer content, flowering will end in 2 weeks.
At the lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis L) , a creeping rhizome resembling a cord, as a rule, 2 leaves and a peduncle up to 30 cm high, covered with flowers in an amount of 6 to 20 pieces. The flowering period begins in mid-spring and lasts until early summer.
Representatives available Rosea, Flore Pleno, Fortin's Giant, Grandiflora, Albistratia and some others.
Lily of the valley Keiske (Convallaria keiskei Miq) Is a flower with a well-branched root system and leaves up to 6 cm wide and 14 cm long. Lush flowering is characteristic from the end of May for 2-3 weeks.
Mountain lily of the valley (Convallaria montana Raf) has very large leaves compared to other representatives, from 15 to 30 cm in length and no more than 1 cm in width.
Lily of the valley (Convallaria transcaucasica Utkin) - a very large, but rare variety of lilies of the valley with flowers up to 1 cm.
Lilies of the valley are shade-tolerant. They are listed in the Red Book. Not only the fragrant flowers are beautiful, but also the wide dark green leaves of the lily of the valley. Lilies of the valley are perfectly combined in the garden with ferns, lungwort, aquilegia, anemone. Lilies of the valley grow incredibly quickly, and in a flower bed they can displace any other flowers. They behave in the same way in prefabricated bouquets: other plants quickly wither in their neighborhood. All parts of the plant are poisonous, so be careful when working with lilies of the valley.
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