If all the other flowers except phlox suddenly disappeared, then our flower gardens still would be decorated with bright colors from spring to late autumn. Easy care, good winter resistance, lush blooming, and wonderful aroma — phloxes are good in that! Today we will share with you some practical experience and observations on planting, care, and reproduction of phloxes. So, let’s start.
The Secrets of Planting Phloxes
Phloxes are much easier to grow than many other flower species. Of course, you can’t do without care at all, but you will need minimum efforts for that. Before you start breeding garden phlox, it is useful to know that the plant is moisture-loving, but does not tolerate stagnant water in the soil where the roots are located. Phlox has thin (2-3 mm) roots that penetrate deep into the soil by a maximum of 20-22 cm. But the main root mass is located in the surface layer at a depth of 3-15 cm.
The conclusion is obvious: if the groundwater in your area is closer than 15 cm to the soil surface, the roots will not receive enough oxygen and will die. This can be avoided by planting phloxes in high flower beds, where their root system will be provided with the necessary but not excessive level of moisture. The height of the garden bed or bed should not exceed 10-15 cm. Now, let’s proceed to other requirements.
Phloxes are hardy plants with a large supply of vitality, so they can grow and bloom in a variety of soils. However, the maximum development and the peak of flowering are achieved on loose, nutritious, and moist soil. Lowlands, where the water accumulates and stagnates for a long time is not a place for phlox planting.
Phloxes prefer a sunny place or partial shade. In the sun, the inflorescences will be thick and bright, while in the shade — loose and pale, but the flowering will last 5-10 days longer.
Phloxes with an open root system are planted in early spring, as soon as the soil melts, and in early autumn, when the growth buds have already appeared. This is usually the end of March and the end of August. Plants with a closed root system can be planted throughout the growing season.
Taking care of phloxes is more than simple: it consists of removing weeds, regular watering, and fertilizing. If necessary, take some measures to treat the plants against pests and diseases.
Finally, if you are going to arrange your phlox flower bed, the above tips will be useful. Follow these recommendations and enjoy the magnificent blooming of these impressive plants in your garden. Good luck!