Growing Statice Flowers
Keep Your Garden Colorful With Statice!
Statice, also known as Sea Lavender, is a kind of flower that usually grows in a dry place as it is drought and heat resistant. Statice is a perennial plant which grows or blooms only once in a year. This plant can be easily grown and it needs no special rituals you usually do for your other flowers.
Statice flowers are ideal to be grown in your garden especially if you love to see a garden full of colors! This breathtaking flower has variety of colors which include orange, yellow, lavender, blue, apricot and peach.
Like most flowers, statice is usually grown from seeds. You can directly sow seeds in your garden if you wish to and leave them to grow. But make sure that they can enjoy an ample amount of sunlight.
If you choose to sow seeds outdoors, make sure to do it in fall or early spring. It is the best time to grow healthy Statice.
Aside from the usual sowing of seeds, you can also try other means of statice propagation through root cuttings. Root cutting is ideal for most perennial plants like statice. Aside from the fact that it is very easy to do, it is economical as well.
Here are 3 easy step to do root cuttings for statice:
- First, bare the roots. Remember to do it carefully. Statice is usually smaller than other plants. Hence, you can easily pull the entire parent plant and be able to see its roots.
- Next step is to cut off the roots that you need. Remember when cutting off roots from Statice, the thicker the roots the better. The ideal length of root cuttings should be 2-3 inches.
- After cutting the roots, you can now plant your root cuttings. Remember to plant it in a frost-free area.
Don’t put too much water on the soil to prevent rotting.
How To Grow Statice Flowers
Since statice is a kind of plant that can withstand the heat and drought, it is coherent that you grow them in a place where there is a full sun. Statice flowers can grow suitably in average soils, but they may die when grown on clay soils. This flower certainly loves a deep and sandy loam.
Statice doesn’t need much water so you can practically leave it unattended and just check on it if you have time. You can put on some fertilizers if needed. Remember to plant Statice outside only if you have ensured that the danger of frost has gone by. Moreover, keep a spacing of 8 to 10 inches apart when planting outdoors.
Statice Plant Diseases
Unlike other flowers you usually grow in your garden, Statice or Sea Lavender is not too prone to insects and disease problems. It is definitely an advantage especially if you have quite a busy lifestyle. However, if you have encountered disease problems with your Statice, you can use chemical insecticides and fungicides. Just make sure to use only the right amount to avoid killing the flower itself!