Broadway Room - Luxurious Blue Interior Accents
Among indoor cultures, saturated blue colors are a rarity. Only beautiful piglets and bulbs grown in pots can boast special shades of sky blue, jade, azure and ultramarine tones. The real blue queen of interiors is a quivering and graceful Broadia. There is nothing complicated in growing this plant - this is the usual process of distilling small onion plants.
- Luxurious shades of blue with brodie flowers
- Types of indoor brody
- Conditions for growing indoor brody
- Home Care for Brodiea
- Diseases, pests and growing problems
Luxurious shades of blue with brodie flowers
The amazing bulbous from the genus Brodiaea got its name in honor of the scientist who discovered it - the legendary botanist and true Scotsman D. Brody. The name and classification of brody is associated with a lot of confusion. Previously, plants were included in the genera of other relatives, transferred from the number of rubbers and dichelostems to an independent genus and vice versa. Therefore, many brodiei, especially in catalogs that do not specialize in bulbs, can be found with the Latin name Triteleia, and with the marking Dichelostemma. When buying plants, you should be careful and check their characteristics - sizes, flowering features, flower colors.
Brodiei are among the small tuberous bulbous plants. Spherical, fibrous, medium-sized, corm on them does not differ in impressive size, but forms a rather powerful rhizome. Corms produce straight rough stems and simple, linear, thin, dark green, furrowed and fleshy leaves, more typical for chives and onions. The height of the shoots at room conditions rarely exceeds 25 cm (only in California brodie they can rise above 30 cm).
Brodyia flowers seem strikingly elegant. The funnel-shaped perianths are cut halfway into slightly bent, elongated-triangular lobes. In the throat, three stamens seem touching parts, to which the anthers are attached with a base, emphasizing the beauty of the lines. The flowers are collected in inflorescences (from 3 to 13 pieces), sit on pedicels of different lengths, which only enhances the effect of weightlessness and elegance of the plant.
Brodiei bloom usually in the summer, at the beginning of June-July, but in room culture the specific flowering time depends only on the conditions and wishes of the owners: you can literally drive out brodiei all year round, for any holiday or season (if, of course, there is an opportunity to organize a change of necessary temperatures and proper lighting).
Despite the fact that all brodiei are rightly ranked as blue-colored plants, the color shades of their flowers fluctuate depending on the growing conditions, especially the characteristics of the substrate and lighting. The same bulbs in different rooms can produce saturated ultramarine or purple flowers, others will please with cobalt notes, others will appear sky blue, and some may appear azure or bluish-purple.
Variations include medium and light tones of the blue spectrum, with the usual light watercolor transition from dark tips to lighter pharynx, which is reinforced with a dark smear or stroke in the center of each clove.
Types of indoor brody
Today, about three dozen plant species are distinguished in the genus Brodiea. Not all brodiei are very popular, but only those plants that can boast of a special decorative flowering. All garden and indoor brodiei are North American endemic.
Among the best species are:
Brodiea minor (Brodiaea minor) - compact, as if created for miniature decorative pots, with amazingly thin leaves and surprisingly elegant flowers with narrow petals and a bluish-lilac delicate color. The maximum height is limited to 10 cm, up to 9 flowers bloom on one stalk.
Even more compact appearance, but with more massive flowers - brodya squat (Brodiaea terrestris) The plant has almost no stem and the flowers seem to grow directly from the ground in complex bunches. The classic transition from periwinkle edges to a light blue pharynx in this plant further emphasizes the size of the flowers.
Brodiea californian (Brodiaea californica) - a very beautiful view with larger flowers up to 9 cm in diameter (usually 3-5 cm in rooms). The lilac-lavender color of the flowers seems very delicate.
Brodiea corolla or wreath (also known as large-flowered, Brodiaea coronaria) - a more compact look with typical shoots up to 20-30 cm high. The leaves remind of the onion set, thin, tubular with sharp tips. One bulb produces up to 11 flowers on different-sized pedicels. Funnel-shaped, with thin petals, amethyst-violet, they seem very elegant.
Broadie Star (Brodiaea stellaris) Is a surprisingly delicate plant with almost oval petals, a whitish crown inside the pharynx and a violet-periwinkle color that gradually fades in the center. The leaves are narrow and very light. The plant seems to be strewn with a scattering of stars.
Brodiei has many decorative varieties. In catalogs, most often hybrid and varietal forms with picturesque names are presented. From ordinary plants, they differ only in shades of blue and lilac colors. It is better to choose varieties according to the color palette.
Conditions for growing indoor brody
Brodiei are typical forcing crops. They are lovers of good lighting and mild temperatures. The sensitivity of the plant to insufficient lighting during the period of active growth somewhat complicates the process of forcing, but nevertheless, according to the parameter of the selection of conditions, brody is quite typical for bulbous stars that moved into the rooms.
Lighting and placement
Brodiei are among the bulbs that cannot be grown without properly selected bright lighting. These plants will put up only with light penumbra, but the intensity of lighting should not be lower than on the second row of the eastern or western windowsill.
Sunny places are less preferable than diffuse and soft lighting, since numerous brodie flowers are sensitive to hot midday rays. For a dormant period, brodyae is kept in the dark, bringing into the light, depending on the desired flowering time or when signs of growth appear.
Choosing a place for this forcing plant in the interior, you can stop only on window sills or on pieces of furniture located near a window with direct lighting. Brodiee perfectly fit the eastern and western window sills.
If a plant is expelled at an atypical time, especially when planting for winter or spring flowering, it will be very difficult to achieve flowering from brodiea without illumination. The plant depends on bright lighting and most likely may not form buds at all.
Temperature and ventilation
During the active growth phase, brodies are reconciled with any room temperature indicators. The heat for plants is easy to compensate for by increasing air humidity, but even without such measures, flowering will be plentiful. For a period of rest, both temperature and lighting are important for brody. After complete dying of the aerial part, the plant is kept in rooms for another 2-3 weeks, and then transferred to cool for a period of rest and preparation for future flowering.
The optimal temperature for brodiei wintering is considered to be air temperature from 12 to 14 degrees. Depending on the desired flowering time (with typical early summers - in January-February) - the plants are carried out to normal room temperatures.
Blooming brodiei do not like sudden fluctuations in temperature. Plants should be protected from drafts. If desired, potted brody can be used in the decor of a balcony or terrace.
Home Care for Brodiea
This bulbous cannot be called the easiest to care for. Due to sensitivity to improper watering and a love of high humidity, brody is somewhat more difficult to grow than tulips or crocuses. But with care and due attention, these potted plants seem to be a precious decoration of window sills and surprise with a scattering of luxurious flowers.
Watering and humidity
Brodiei are sensitive to both drought and waterlogging, but they require not only regular, but steadily moisturizing soil irrigation. These procedures are carried out with such frequency that between the irrigations the top layer of soil in the tanks dries out during the entire phase of active vegetation.
After flowering, with the onset of wilting, watering plants are reduced, stopping it after the death of the leaves. Watering is also resumed slowly, starting to carry out light procedures after transferring the brodiea back to heat.
Brodiei in rooms are sensitive to humidity. Plants gratefully respond to increased rates, but can not stand the spraying of leaves (they must be protected from getting wet even during watering). Flowering plants are located far from heating appliances and air conditioners. It is necessary to install humidifiers in the form of pallets with wet moss or pebbles if the moisture readings fall below 45-50%.
Fertilizing and fertilizer composition
For brodie, top dressing is carried out only from the moment the first leaves appear until the flowering ends. Classical top dressing with a frequency of 1 time in 2-3 weeks is preferable.
For this crop, fertilizers are selected for bulb or flowering plants. Room brodies cannot stand an excess of nitrogen.
Cropping and shaping
In these plants, all pruning procedures are reduced to the removal of fading flowers. Such pruning will extend the overall flowering time. Leaves are removed only after they have completely wilted.
Transplant and substrate
One of the most unusual characteristics of brody is a dislike for transplants. If typical indoor bulbs can be stored both outside the soil and in a dry substrate, always replanting plants every year before flowering, then the brodie is transplanted only when the family grows so much that it completely fills the container. Usually this plant is transplanted no more than 1 time in 2-3 years.
For brodiei, the special bulking mixture for bulbs is the best suited. Purchased substrates are preferred, but you can make the soil yourself by combining humus, leaf and peat soil with sand in a ratio of 1: 1: 3: 1.
When transplanting, extreme care must be taken. If it turns out to transfer plants with minimal contact with bulbs and roots, the plant adapts much faster. High drainage is necessarily laid at the bottom of the tanks. For potted brody, it is advisable to mulch the soil with stone crumb.
Diseases, pests and growing problems
Brodiei in rooms are extremely sensitive to rot. Both thrips and spider mites are often found on them, but root pests and nematodes are the most troublesome of pests. In case of damage, it is necessary to carry out an emergency transplant with the treatment of corms in a solution of insecticides (or fungicides with rot).
These indoor plants can be grown from seeds, because the plants bloom amazingly quickly - sometimes already in the first year. Seeds are sown with a small depth, in a light nutrient soil. Before emergence, the containers are kept under glass at a temperature of 21 degrees. Diving is carried out carefully, transferring plants with an earthen lump in groups to small containers and only after at least a second full leaf appears.
The simplest method of propagation of brodiea is the separation of daughter corms. The plant grows rapidly, forming dense families. Small bulbs during transplantation can be planted and used as independent plants.