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Don't be a Wallflower, Plant them instead.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:04 pm    Post subject: Don't be a Wallflower, Plant them instead. Reply with quote

Don't be a wallflower, plant them instead.

You should definitely take the advice contained within this articles title if you wish to receive spring colour from an easy to grow and time honoured garden stalwart. The wallflower also known as Erysimum cheiri or Cheiranthus cheiri may not be modern, or the height of horticultural fashion, but its colourful shades of reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and purples are unmatched in spring bedding. Along with displaying great colour, most of the blooms are lightly scented, yet another bonus.

. Wallflowers also known as Erysimum cheiri or Cheiranthus cheiri , photo / pic / image.
Scientific classification.
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Erysimum

So let's set about sourcing and planting before the real cold winter weather arrives. Over the next month, garden centres will have wallflowers for sale in their traditional bare-root form; these are often wrapped in dampened newspaper to keep them alive until you get around to planting them. Wallflowers are increasingly available in containerised multi-packs as well, but no matter whether you purchase bare root or containerised plants, you should choose stocky and bushy specimens whilst avoiding tall spindly articles.

If you are looking to sow wallflowers you may be able to source some here.... Wallflower

Planting wallflowers.
Your wallflowers require a planting location preferably in full sun although partial shade is tolerated. The wallflower is a member of the cabbage family, as the scent emitted from a crushed leaf will tell you. Just like cabbage it can suffer from the disease "club root", so avoid planting wallflowers where you had cabbage planted the year previous, and visa versa.

Clear the proposed planting location of previous bedding including roots and weeds, next rake level and add a shake of poultry manure to act as a slow release fertiliser. Lay out the plants on the ground to get an idea of spacing, a rough rule of thumb is one plant 25cms (10 inches). Do not allow the plants to dry out at any time and ensure they are kept moist from the time that you purchase them.

Any wallflowers showing signs of premature flowering when you are planting should have these early blooms removed or pinched out. No compost is required as you plant with a hand trowel, firming the plants well as you work. For a clean bed, I have found that tickling the soil with a small hand fork is a quite good way to remove any foot and knee prints from the soil as you go.

In January or February carry out an inspection on the plants to find and remove any side shoots damaged by the cold winter winds. Then expect to receive colour from March to May or else May to June depending on the variety planted. Your local garden centres helpful staff will be able to advise you on the flowering times of the different varieties available.

Finally, although wallflower plants are usually dug up and disposed of after flowering, they can actually be cut back hard for a second flush of flowers later in summer.

Wallflower Species.
Erysimum cheiri
Erysimum ammophilum
Erysimum angustatum
Erysimum arenicola
Erysimum baeticum
Erysimum durum
Erysimum bicolor
Erysimum capitatum
Erysimum cazorlense
Erysimum cheiranthoides
Erysimum franciscanum
Erysimum gomezcampoi
Erysimum hieracilifolium
Erysimum inconspicuum
Erysimum insulare
Erysimum linifolium
Erysimum mediohispanicum
Erysimum menziesii
Erysimum scoparium
Erysimum semperflorens
Erysimum teretifolium
Erysimum wahlenbergii
Erysimum myriophyllum
Erysimum nevadense
Erysimum occidentale
Erysimum odoratum
Erysimum pallasii
Erysimum perofskianum
Erysimum popovi
Erysimum repandum
Erysimum ruscinonensis

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