Growing Flax Flowers: Tips For Flax Plant Care
Flowering Blue Fleece Plants (Bluefern)
The flowering blue fleece plants are not only beautiful but they have many uses. They can be used in making clothing, bags or even furniture. These plants are native to Australia and New Zealand where they grow wild in open areas near water sources such as streams, rivers and lakes.
Flowers Of Blue Fleece Plants
They bloom in spring and summer. They may last until autumn when they wither away. You will notice that some of these flowers are very large with several petals and others are small with just one or two petal. Some of them have white, pink, purple or yellow colored stamens while other flowers have no stamen at all!
Flowering Blue Fleece Plants Flower Types
There are three types of blue fleece flowers. There is the long-stalked type which grows up to 10 feet tall and wide. There is the short-stemmed type which grows up to 3 feet tall and wide. And there is the short-stemmed type which grows up to 1 foot tall and wide.
What Is The Best Time To Plant Blue Fleece Plants?
The best time to plant blue fleece flowers is between September and May.
How Far Apart Should You Plant Blue Fleece Plants?
You should space the long-stemmed type at least 2 feet apart while the short-stemmed types can be spaced at least 1 foot apart.
How Deep Should You Plant Blue Fleece Plants?
You should plant the blue fleece flowers at least 6 inches deep. You may also plant them even deeper for a more solid appearance.
How Much Water Do Blue Fleece Plants Need?
You need to keep the soil moist and water regularly until the plants are well established.
What Is The Maximum Height And Spread Of The Blue Fleece Plant?
The maximum height of these plants is 10 feet while the maximum spread is 10 feet.
What Type Of Soil Do Blue Fleece Flowers Like?
They prefer a sandy or gravelly soil. You should avoid planting them in soil that is water-logged or too dry.
How To Propagate Blue Fleece Plants By Division?
You can easily propagate these plants by division during the spring months. Just dig up the entire plant and trim off the bottom roots and smaller side shoots. Each of these can be planted to create a new plant.
How To Start Blue Fleece Flower Seeds?
You can start the seeds indoors in early spring or you can plant them directly into the soil after all risk of frost has passed. Make sure that the soil is well drained and keep watered until they are well established.
The best place to plant blue fleece plants is in a area that has partial shade as the larger types can be damaged by too much sun. They can also be damaged by extended periods of freezing temperatures so they need to be planted in areas that have less risk of this happening or at least protect them during the winter months.
These plants are an annual but they self-seed very easily so they will come back year after year without the need to re-plant them. Just make sure the area you choose has a nice soil that is well drained and they should thrive.
Blue fleece flowers are not the type of plant you would want to plant in a large garden as they don’t have a particularly remarkable appearance, however, if you have some open space then they can certainly be tucked in here and there to add a bit of color and variety.
Growing blue fleece flowers can also be a nice addition to your own personal home garden as the blooms are somewhat larger than your average house plant and can certainly brighten up a room.
This plant can also be grown in pots but it is recommended that you only grow them in large pots as they have a tendency to topple over when the stems get too big.
Due to the nature of this plants roots it is not recommended that you plant them in large pots as they have a tendency to break pot shards and can set roots in these shards which can cause them to topple over.
Blue Fleece Plant Problems
The main problems that you are likely to experience with this plant are slugs and snails. These are attracted to the moisture that the plant provides and can decimate a plant overnight. You can prevent them from eating your plants by placing copper foil around the base of the plant or you can invest in some copper mesh (available from nurseries and hardware stores) and place this on the soil around the plant as well.
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