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Features of care for stefanander shrub Crispa

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Stefanander refers to the pink flowers. Reaches in height at most two-three meters, in width two-two and a half meters. The branches under their own weight bend and take the form of an arc, which gives a decorative shrub. Ovate leaves with serrations. In the summer, the leaves are colored green or light green; in autumn they turn yellow or orange. Stefanander blooms with small white flowers with a faint aroma. Stefanander looks very beautiful in compositions with coniferous plants.

Leaf stefanandra (stephanandra incisa)

Stephanander notch-leaf can reach maximum sizes (two meters in height and two meters in width) in a very long time. The shrub grows slowly and in order to achieve maximum parameters it will take a quarter of a century or even thirty years.

Stefanander is notched and decorative throughout the summer and beginning of the autumn season, it blooms profusely from early summer to August, and in the fall, decorative leaves provide bright leaves.

During the frosts of the Stefanander, the notch leafs freezes in those places where it is not covered by snow. But this shrub has the ability to recover, although it may not bloom all next season.

Breeders have deduced a very effective dwarf subspecies of stefanandry notched-leaved called Crisp. This low (no more than 60 cm in height), but a wide (up to two meters wide) shrub looks very unusual on the site, like a kind of small pillow from foliage. Crisp has very thick shoots, which tend to root, often take root and shrub grows in breadth.

Stefanandra Tanaka or Tanake (stephanandra tanakae)

It differs from other stefanandra species by its large dimensions: up to two meters in height and up to four meters in width, and in large sizes of leaves (up to ten centimeters in length), as well as large inflorescences (up to ten centimeters in diameter). Stefanandra tanaki blooms less than other species, blooming occurs a month later - in July, and lasts until the end of August - beginning of September. In autumn, the foliage becomes yellow, red-burgundy and brown, and from this the shrub looks very bright in the garden.

Tanaka is experiencing bad frosts. In order that the shrub is not extinct during the winter, it is well sprinkled and wrapped.

Planting stefanandry

It is better to choose a sunny plot for planting stefanandra. This shrub can grow in partial shade and even in the shade, but it will develop even more slowly. When placing stefanandry not on a sunny plot there is a risk that the shrub will not bloom.

The soil for this shrub should be neutral in acidity, light, air in consistency. It can grow on loose peaty sand and even in clay or loamy soil. But if the soil because of the clay is very heavy and dense and you need to loosen it, mixing with sand and peat. At the bottom of the pit when planting it is desirable to put a drainage layer. To do this, you can use small stones, crushed stone, or even small broken bricks.

If you bought an adult seedling, then for its planting it is necessary to dig a hole 60 cm by 60 cm, put the drainage down, then pour 10 centimeters of sand. Stir the garden soil with sand, peat, it will not be superfluous to add organic fertilizers (compost or humus) and pour the roots of the plant, tamp it a little and water it well.

Attention! Stefanander is afraid of cold wind and drafts, so it is better not to plant this shrub in the open area on all sides.

Before planting, well loosen and fertilize the soil, immediately lay down drainage with gravel, pebbles, brick chips or coarse sand. If the soil is clay, heavy, planting holes need to fall asleep sand-peat mixture. Maintain a distance between the bushes of at least 1.5 m, otherwise the plants will be crowded. Glue the upper layer with a foliar substrate. Water the bushes moderately so that the roots do not sprout.

Reproduction stefanandry cuttings

Shrubs propagated by cuttings very well. In summer, cut off part of the shoot and dig into the ground. Rooting occurs with a probability of almost 100%. You can plant cuttings in a shady area of ​​the garden or in containers placed on the windowsill. It is enough just to make sure that the soil is wet, so that rooting is successful.

Reproduction by layering

Sometimes the side branches bend and touch the ground, they may appear their own roots. You can deliberately prikopat a couple of branches in order to get new bushes. Even additional water is not required: the plant has enough natural rainfall. By the end of the season the branch will give a lot of roots and new shoots. In autumn or spring, separate the young bush from the mother plant and transplant.

Choosing a place

Choose a sunny plot for the plant, only slight shading is allowed. The bush will grow well on fertile soils, light sand-peat mixtures are preferable, but can be planted on loams or clay soils, ensuring good drainage.

It is necessary to water often and plentifully. Under one bush, pour about two buckets every 1-2 days. During precipitation, watering is reduced. Keep the balance so that the rhizome does not start to rot, the soil should have time to dry between waterings. About the lack of moisture will say the appearance of the plant: the leaves will begin to wilck and dry.

For active growth and flowering requires regular feeding. Make complex mineral fertilizers and organic (sheet compost, humus, etc.). Mineral subcortex make according to the instructions for use. Humus make in pristvolny circle to a shallow depth (1 bucket of mixture for 1 bush). Leaves or litter compost is added to the root.

Preparation stefanandry for winter

Stefanander tolerates frost well, so no additional shelter is needed for the winter. Only soft stems of young plants recommend to bend down as much as possible to the ground and covered with snow or spruce branches in the case of a snowless winter. With a particularly harsh climate in spring, you can detect frozen ends - just cut them off.

For rejuvenation of the shrub and the formation of a beautiful crown need to be pruned. Thin out the shoots in the middle, because of the narrowness and lack of light, they will drop the leaves and spoil the view. Dig young shoots near the root, remove side shoots.

Stefanander in garden design

Stefanander notched leaf in landscape design photo

Lush waterfalls branches decorate the slopes, the shores of a small pond. Light foliage is perfectly combined with the darker color of other plants, in spring and summer it will be an excellent background for bright flowering letniki. In autumn, orange-red foliage contrasts well with coniferous and evergreen crops.

Stefanander in the fall gets a beautiful golden hue photo

Stefanander is good in central positions in a flower garden as a tapeworm. Low-growing bushes without tying up can effectively cover the lawn, like a ground-cover plant. Tall bushes are good as a hedge. Any variety is suitable for park, urban landscaping in mixborders.

Stephanadra notched leaf stephanandra incisa

Stephanandra incised leaf stephanandra incisa crispa photo

The shrub reaches a height of 1.5-2 m, and a width of 2-2.5 m, but grows slowly and can gain the specified dimensions by the age of 25-30 years. Casting openwork, deeply dissected, located on short petioles on both sides in the same plane from the branch as a fern, which increases the decorative effect. Particularly elegant bushes in the fall, when the foliage becomes brown-red tint. Since the end of May, the plant begins to be covered with small flowers, emitting a delicate aroma. The petals are greenish in color, the inflorescences do not have a particular decoration, but they give the bush some charm. Flowering lasts a month.

Crisp is a breed of stefanandra nadrezolnolistnoy bred by botanists. Bush refers to the dwarf. On average, the height of the plant is 50-60 cm, and the width is about 2 m. The shoots intertwine, bend in an arc, forming an opaque solid crown, which creates the look of a thick pillow or pouf. The leaves are even more dissected with a wavy or folded structure. In autumn, the color becomes interesting, non-uniform in the form of red-brown, orange and yellow spots. Flowering is identical to the original form.

Stefanandra Tanaka or Tanake Stephanandra tanakae

Stefanand Tanaki or Tanake Stephanandra tanakae photo

The adult shrub reaches a width of 2.5 and a height of about 2 m. The leaves are much larger: they are fastened separately on petioles up to 1.5 cm long, and they themselves reach a length of about 10 cm. The shape of the leaves is heart-shaped, pointed, double-blade edges. Bottom veinlets are covered with rare down. In autumn, the leaves become brown, purple, burgundy shades. The inflorescence is also larger, with a diameter of up to 10 cm. Flowering lasts from July to August. Petals have a cream-green color, the middle is yellow with filamentous stamens. The branches of young plants are covered with burgundy-brown bark, and over the years it becomes light brown, gray.

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