Aiyah Pacific - Balcony Wonder
Among container flyers, their original appearance is valued no less than lush flowering. And few plants are able to compete in their unusualness with the unique Pacific ayanity. It is difficult to guess about kinship with ordinary "oak trees", and the dark luxury of leaves and fluffy inflorescences of this culture seem like a small, unique miracle. The plant can be grown as a perennial, using it as a decoration for rocky gardens. But still, more often this beauty is grown as a potted summer.
- Aiyah Pacific
- Other types of verses
- The use of Pacific ayan in decorative gardening
- Selection of partners for ayah
- Conditions Required by Pacific Chrysanthemum
- Caring for ayan
- Winter Chrysanthemum Pacific
- Breeding pacific chrysanthemum
A relative of the usual garden chrysanthemums, the Pacific ayania, often passed from Ayanii to the genus of Chrysanthemums in its qualification, and was even called a dendrantem, but today its legal name has been returned to it, although old synonyms are still popular. Ayania pacifica (Ajania pacifica) is not the only type of garden ayany, but it is always considered as a special and exclusive plant. Perhaps the reason for this status lies in the appearance of the plant. Indeed, to believe that the unique potted summer belongs to the modest alpine endemic is not so simple. Of course, if you look closely, all the verses are similar in shape of leaves and their characteristics. But in general, the appearance of the Pacific ayanah deserves to be considered a plant as an inimitable original star.
We love to call the Pacific ayahana a chrysanthemum-mimosa, or autumn mimosa, for the similarity of the round inflorescences-baskets in the shields at the top of the shoots with spring mimosa blooming.
Aiyah Pacific (Ajania pacifica), or, as we sometimes call this plant, chrysanthemum pacific (Chrysanthemum pacificum) - grassy perennial, characterized by compact size and increased bushiness. The plant develops in the form of dense, dense and curly bushes, growing in breadth, and not up. The height of the ayan Pacific is limited to a maximum of 30 cm, but most often the bushes are much more compact. In width, this plant can grow to a meter in diameter. True, in the middle lane in open soil or in container culture, bushes never reach such dimensions. The ideal spherical shape looks great in rockeries or on alpine slides, and in pots.
The leaves of the Pacific ayanah are inimitable. Rounded, leathery, curly, with large teeth of the blades, they seem to be edged with the finest light border, emphasizing the shape of the leaf plate, and unusual dark colors with a silver tint. Dense balls of inflorescences in the form of “fluffy” baskets resembling the flowering of mimosa sit on the ends of twigs in complex guards. Bright yellow color contrasts fantastically with beautiful greenery.
Perhaps, Pacific amenity owes its popularity recently to flowering periods. Aiyaha blooms late, only at the end of summer, but in the second half of the garden season among summers she simply has no competitors. The magnificent August flowering continues as long as the weather permits - until the arrival of the first frosts. When grown in open soil in regions with severe winters, the plant most often does not have time to bloom.
Aiyah Pacific today on sale is represented by luxurious varietal plants that differ in metallic effects, color of inflorescences and low tide on the leaves. The variety “Silver and Gold” is very popular, which, contrary to the name, is not associated with precious metals at all: bright, saturated green leaves with a silver finest border are combined with festive, dazzling lemon flower baskets in very large inflorescences. A similar dazzling yellow, but with a warmer shade, color is typical for inflorescences of ayaniya of the Pacific variety “Mimosa Gold”. Noteworthy is the original “Pink Ice” variety, the reed flowers in the baskets of which are painted in faded pink with very dark foliage. There are other varieties, but their appearance differs little from the base plant.
Other types of verses
In addition to the Pacific ayania, it is worth paying attention to other plants from the genus Ayania (Ajania). Shrubs or shrubs, more rarely grassy perennials, found in nature only in rocky places, are not so similar in appearance to the Pacific ayania. A dense fringe of simple and bifid hairs, corymbose inflorescences from small baskets of inflorescences and densely leafy shoots with cirrus leaves are their common characteristics.
Aiyah Pallas (Ajania pallasiana) Is a compact perennial with straight, densely leafy stems lignified from the base with a height of 20 cm to more than half a meter. Rhombic or lanceolate, cirrus leaves are limited to 8 cm in length, but most often they are much smaller. Baskets of inflorescences are small, up to 2 cm, collected in shields on the tops of shoots.
Ayaniya sheaf (Ajania fastigiata) - a fairly large view with a silver edge, suitable for the role of "wild" accents in a natural style. Shoots are few, and sometimes solitary, from 20 to 70 cm high, flaunt in the upper part with beautiful branching and gray pubescent leaves. Scutes large, thick, false, composed of beautiful lush basket inflorescences. A negative feature of this species is considered a very sharp and unpleasant aroma.
Aiyan Scharnhorst (Ajania scharnhorstii) - a tiny accent for alpine slides up to 10 cm high. Shoots are upright or uplifting, leaves are silvery, small, inflorescences bloom one at a time or in small dense shields. This touching touch in the design of the Alpine slides perfectly complements the small flowering accents.
The use of Pacific ayan in decorative gardening
Aiyah Pacific - a plant with the status of a purely balcony. This yearbook is primarily used for lush compositions on window sills and in balcony drawers, but this does not mean at all that the plant will not take root in garden soil or it is unpromising. Just Pacific ayanaya - the emphasis is so beautiful that they try to use it in the foreground, where you can admire the leaves and flowers. This is a fashionable and modern star for gardens, designed primarily in modern styles. But other types of ayany are used in natural plantings or only in rocky gardens.
As a container plant, ayaniya is used:
- to design a terrace or relaxation area;
- in mobile flower beds;
- in mini rock gardens;
- as an autumn replacement for faded classic flyers;
- to create autumn potted compositions;
- as an autumn complement to tall summers and perennials, tubing shrubs and trees;
- to fill the soil in flower beds.
But if desired, the plant can be grown in open soil. True, due to the late start of the Pacific ayah in such conditions, it often does not have time to bloom at all, but its greenery remains one of the most original decorations of rocky gardens. Pacific ayahana is used in the design of alpine hills and rockeries, planted in crevices of stones and in places where the plant is not threatened with wetting. Any ayanings are recommended to be placed not on the southern, but on the eastern side of the alpine hills and in crevices of stones.
Aiyah Pacific today replenishes the lists and promising indoor plants. The plant has to be regularly updated and replaced with new copies, but you can freely enjoy its spectacular flowering.
Selection of partners for ayah
Aiyah Pacific - a decorative and deciduous plant, which in container culture perfectly sets off any flowering crops. It goes well with millet, ivy, seaside cineraria, but the best partners for ayany will be summers with lush flowering.
When planting in the soil, ayah can be combined with any plant from among the cultures typical of the Alpine hills - from miniature coniferous and dwarf shrubs to perennials and bulbous accents.
Conditions Required by Pacific Chrysanthemum
This is one of the most unpretentious flyers who can be content with modest conditions. Ayaniyah, in contrast to the stars starting their parade much earlier, reconcile themselves well with poor soil. In a container culture, plants grow well in light shading, diffuse, or sunlight. In open soil, shading is permissible only in the south (and in regions with severe winters, ayanuh is planted only in sunny areas).
For Pacific Chrysanthemum, any light, loose, drained soil is suitable. The plant is not demanding on the nutritional value of the soil and grows well in rather poor conditions, does not like excess nutrients, even poor soils can not be improved before planting. The preferred soil reaction is from 6.0 to 6.2 pH. Both the substrate for potted plants and the soil for growing in stony gardens should be neutral in reaction and pass water well. When growing in containers and when planting in places where there is even the slightest risk of stagnation of water, it is worth laying a high layer of drainage.
Caring for ayan
The status of a drought-tolerant summer is quite consistent with the simple care that this plant will need. Ayaniya is watered regularly during a drought, but it tolerates well-drying soil, even in pot culture. Watering is best done frequently, but not too plentiful. When grown in open soil, irrigation is carried out only during severe drought. The beauty of the leaves is beneficially affected by spraying in the hottest weather. These procedures are carried out only until the budding stage and in the evening.
Fertilizing for this plant can be omitted. When growing in pots and containers, Pacific ayang is nevertheless fed with a standard frequency, reducing the dosage of fertilizers by 2 times or in standard doses, but not more than 1 time per month.
Trimming Pacific ayania is carried out at will. The plant naturally forms beautiful hemispherical bush-pillows. But you can hold back the size or stimulate even greater thickening by regular plucking of the shoots. The elongating branches, knocking out of the general silhouette, can be shortened at will.
The only difficult moment in the care of Pacific chrysanthemum is the need to remove fading inflorescences from bushes in a timely manner. Seed ripening stops flowering, and apical umbrellas with faded baskets look messy, spoil the whole impression of the plant.
Diseases and pests of this plant are usually not terrible. When waterlogged, the bushes can suffer from powdery mildew and rust, but ayanahs usually show enviable resistance.
Winter Chrysanthemum Pacific
The winter hardiness of the Pacific ayanina is limited to the 5th - 9th zones (it can withstand frosts up to -29 degrees), in soil it can be grown even in the middle lane in favorable weather or proper shelter. Other species of ayanah also winter well enough. All plants of this genus are not afraid of frost, but of getting wet and soaking.
Container and potted ayanias are most often thrown out after the arrival of the first frosts. But these are perennial plants, which, with reliable shelter or their introduction into the premises, can survive the winter and be used next year. They do not have to be thrown away. Winter ayaniya winters in bright, cool rooms with the best cold-resistant tubing and potted perennials or as a houseplant, continuing or beginning its flowering. In spring, cuttings can be cut from the bushes and replaced with new plants, and if the bushes retain their decorativeness, they can again be taken out into the garden after the threat of late frost disappears.
The ayahs growing in the soil usually winter well under snowy shelters, but are very afraid of getting wet during thaws or in spring. In the middle lane, it is better to protect them with a reliable shelter - cover them with soil, install a simple protection from the spruce branches or cover it with an air-dry method to prevent getting wet.
Reproduction of Pacific Chrysanthemum
Ayanah seeds require cultivation through seedlings. They will germinate only in cool temperatures. Sowing is carried out superficially, only slightly sprinkling with a layer of substrate, into light-drained soil and in low containers. Under glass or film and at a temperature of 12 to 16 degrees Celsius, seedlings appear after about a month.
If potted ayania is preserved as perennial (or when grown in open soil), then the plant can also be propagated vegetatively. Large bushes of Pacific ayanism are divided in spring or cut apical cuttings from young shoots, rooting them simply in water or under a cap in a light substrate at the same temperatures at which seedlings are grown - 13-15 degrees. The remaining branches of ayanage that have been trimmed can be rooted throughout the season.