Drummond Phlox - Flaming Flame
The word phlox, which came from the Greek language, means flame. This is the name of the unpretentious and familiar plant - flamethorn. Of the more than 85 types of phlox, Drummond is the only annual, so it is often called the annual phlox.
Drummond phlox from the southern states of the USA, brought to Europe in 1835 by Scottish botanist Thomas Drummond (Thomas Drummond) Annual phlox is in no way inferior to perennial species.
Phlox Drummond (Phlox drummondii) has a bright color, blooms early and quite long. Low-growing varieties (10-15cm) are used for gardens and rock gardens. Medium-sized (20-30cm) are used for planting in curbs and flower beds. Tall (40-50cm) are planted in flower beds and used for cutting.
The various forms and varieties of Phlox Drummond differ not only in height, but also in shape, size, color of bushes and flowers.
The corolla of the annual phlox flowers are of two types: wheel-shaped and star-shaped. Wheel shapes are more suitable for planting in groups. Star - in the alpine hills or flower beds.
Drummond Phlox Growing
Drummond phlox cultivation is possible by seeds or seedlings.
Planting annual phlox seedlings
Drummond phlox seeds should be planted in early March in a room with a temperature not exceeding + 22 °. Shoots appear after 8-12 days.
After germination, the annual phlox should provide good lighting and moderate soil moisture to prevent stretching and the formation of rot (black leg).
After the appearance of this first leaf, seedlings are dived. After the onset of warm weather, seedlings are planted in flower beds or flower pots. When growing seedlings, the annual phlox will bloom in June.
Planting phlox Drummond seeds in open ground
In the open ground, the annual phlox is planted with seeds after the soil has warmed up enough (in April-March). With this method of planting, flowering occurs later in July. Planted several seeds in separate holes.
Drummond phlox can be planted in the winter, but with this method, the plant often dies from return frosts, starting to germinate during the thaw. Therefore, it makes sense to provide shelter (with snow or covering material) during winter sowing, and plant an annual phlox under winter as late as possible.
Drummond Phlox Care
Drummond phlox is undemanding to the composition of the soil, but fertile and light soil contributes to better growth and flowering. Manure is not recommended as fertilizer, it contributes to an increase in vegetative mass and negatively affects flowering. Waterlogged and shady areas are also not suitable for phlox. Most suitable for open areas with light soil.
With regular loosening and watering of the earth, Drummond's phlox will bloom until late autumn, steadily transferring rains and small frosts.
During the summer, the plant should be fed 2-3 times with complex mineral fertilizer. Such top dressing will only improve the appearance of the plant.
Seeds should be collected only from the best flowers. After the boxes turn yellow, rip them off and dry them in paper bags.
Phlox Drummond will look attractive longer if you remove wilted inflorescences in time.