Delosperma for Rockery

Recently, in the summer of floral innovations in stony gardens, beautiful carpets of delosperms from the family Aizoaceae are laid out. Although it can be called innovations with a stretch: they won over amateur gardeners with their bright beauty in 2003-2004.

The name of the genus delosperma in Greek means delos-explicit, sperma-seed, that is, literally translated, explicit seed. Several forms of branching perennial grasses or low semi-shrubs that require a high temperature, and therefore are often grown in a cultivated room. The opportunity to use some types of delosperm as annuals made a splash!

Among these sultry beauties, the following types and varieties are most common:

Delosperma floribundum, a native of South Africa. An annual plant 10 cm (3.9 inches) tall, grows to 25 cm (9.8 inches). The leaves are fleshy, 2.5-5 cm (1-2 inches) long. Flowers are single, pink, up to 3 cm (1.2 inches) in diameter; blooms in June.

Decorative variety ‘Starburst’ with lilac-purple flowers with a white eye.

Propagated by seeds, which are sown on seedlings in March-April in room conditions (surface sowing). Crops are covered with a plastic bag to preserve humidity.

Delosperma cooperi-creeping low-growing shrub 5 cm (2 inches) tall, grows to 60 cm (2 feet) or more. He’s also from South Africa. The leaves are cylindrical, soft, fleshy, juicy, gray-green, paired, up to 5 cm (2 inches) long, densely covered with growths. The flowers are solitary, silky, purple, 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter; they bloom from mid-summer to late summer.

This species can withstand temperatures up to -5°C (23°F). Requires well-drained soil and regular watering in hot, dry summers. The plant is responsive to fertilizing. Propagated by seeds, cuttings.

Delosperms are good in rockeries, where they form beautiful, attention-grabbing carpets. They can be grown in pots and used in the design of an outdoor terrace. Indoor plants in winter are kept at a temperature of +5 – +10°C (41-50°F).

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