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3. Orange lanterns of Sandersonia
At the mention of orange lanterns, any grower will first think of Physalis. But one of Sandersonia's most original bulbous plants offers a much more interesting variation on the classic motif.
Sandersonias are most commonly seen as a cut plant and are rarely grown as garden stars. But it's hard to imagine a better candidate for an original accent in a container or pot.
The impression of a lively bouquet of Sanderson will make without cutting. Moreover, it is much easier for the plant to control the growing conditions, to provide the necessary care.
Sandersonia orange (Sandersonia aurantiaca) is a South African non-resistant exotic from among the lianas, which in our country is just beginning to attract attention. She even has special tubers: fork-shaped, with two buds, they release only two stems.
Sandersonia has a very specific development cycle. 4-5 months after bud germination, the above-ground part of the plant completely dies off, a dry period of dormancy begins, during which the tubers should not be disturbed. Only those Sandersonia will be able to bloom, in which the dormant period lasts from 3 months.
After the completion of the development cycle, each plant releases a daughter tuber at the base of the shoot, which takes on its true shape and texture only a month after formation and reaches full size only after 3 months.
Sandersonia is a bulbous liana with strong long shoots, on which are located very beautiful lanceolate leaves with a dark, rich green color, ideally contrasting with the color of the flower lanterns. The tendrils at the ends of the leaves allow the Sandersonia to cling to the supports. The bells are very unusual. They really resemble fabric or porcelain lanterns in shape, gracefully droop on thin pedicels, as if hanging down under their own weight. Their length is up to 2.5 cm.
The apparent fragility of the plant is deceiving: the flowers adhere very firmly to the shoots and retain their attractiveness for several weeks after cutting. Each Sandersonia flashlight is adorned with a kind of light-colored "skirt" below. The color of the Sandersonia flowers is orange, but fruit tones, reminiscent of shades of apricot, persimmon or papaya.
Growing Sandersonia is not as easy as it might seem. This bulbous can only settle in a sunny and protected from drafts and winds, in light, loose soil with good drainage. When grown in containers, it is advisable to disinfect the soil.
Before planting, the Sandersonia tubers are soaked in warm water to stimulate bud growth. After about a week, when the growth bud swells, the tubers are planted 30 cm between the plants to a depth of about 5 cm.
During the stage of active development and flowering for plants, they provide regular watering, maintaining light but stable soil moisture. But on the other hand, if the soil was improved before planting, fertilizing is done for this plant with a frequency of only 1 time per month.
If sandersonia is grown in open ground, then the plants need to be dug out with the arrival of cold snaps and stored at a temperature of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. If Sandersonia is grown in pots, then it is transferred to a completely dry content and transferred to similar temperatures.
See the continuation of the list of original bulbous and tuberous plants for the flower garden on the next page
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