Grown as a dried flower, height 45–90 cm. Terry flowers, white, bronze yellow, dark orange, salmon, pink, dark purple and other shades, collected in inflorescences with a diameter of 6-8 cm, have a long peduncle.
In culture, the following immortals are most common: acroclinium, ammobium, gelichrysum, rodente.
The plant is unpretentious and simple in culture.
The flowering period is from early June to autumn. When flowering, decorativeness worsens.
The most common helichrysum in the culture is bract (height — 80–90 cm).
The best varieties:
- Ball of fire - tall plant, flowers orange-red.
- Luteum is a stunted plant with shiny yellow flowers.
Helichrysum is propagated by seeds, sowing in open ground, and is also grown in seedlings.
It is placed in open, well-lit places, it blooms profusely on fertile and loose garden soil. In April, seeds are sown in open ground (in holes), 4-5 grains at a distance of 25-30 cm from each other. After 8-12 days, seedlings appear. When the seedlings get stronger, they break through, leaving 1-2 plants in the hole.
The soil around the plants should be kept in a loose and moderately moist state. If necessary, plants are fed normal doses of a complete mineral mixture (NPK).
Inflorescences are cut off when the buds are half-open. Plants bind in bunches of 10-20 pieces and hang inflorescences down in a dark place. Dried inflorescences for a long time do not change shape and do not lose color.
Seeds are harvested in late autumn, when the grains in the baskets are fully hardened.
It is not affected by pests and diseases.
Used for planting in groups, on flowerbeds, discounts.
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