Brunner Siberian (lat. Brunnera Sibirica) a unique and very useful perennial plant. In the spring, a decorative heartshaped foliage grows from it, ideally suitable for suppressing weeds, behind which blue flowers are traced, blooming within 8-10 weeks. Often they bloom again at the end of summer. This plant will decorate your site with its flowers for 7 months a year, it is very easy to grow, it is ideal for novice gardeners.
This plant is a perennial. Its bush reaches 45 cm in height. Large longterm sheets form on it, with a heartshaped form. The flowers themselves form panicous inflorescences. The stain inside the flower is painted white. Such an unpretentious plant in the care, in growth forms spectacular thickets. However, in hot and arid periods, it requires additional watering.
Spring flowering is very similar to the flowering of forgetmenot, a close relative of Brunner, and therefore in the Caucasus it is often called forgetting. Blooms with many small blue, or pale pink flowers, sometimes white, or dark blue.
Growing and care
Such a plant in natural conditions grows in the forest, in connection with this it loves shadow and moisture. In hot areas, it is necessary to choose a shady area for planting Brunners, since the scorching sun will simply destroy it. It can withstand direct sunlight only when landing next to the reservoir. Landing, like a transplant, is carried out in the last days of July or in early August. At this time, only largeleaved brunners can be transplanted.
Brunner Sibirskaya retains an attractive appearance throughout the growing season, and if you choose the right place (shaded, with wet soil) for it when planting, then you can forget about the care of it until early autumn.
Then, the leaves will begin to fade, and it is recommended to remove them. They quickly drill and dry out. New ones will grow up in midAugust and will stay until frost.
Fertilizers should be used only in the spring, to stimulate Brunner growth. If you use granular fertilizer just sprinkle it on the melted snow.
Where it grows
This is a plant whose habitat is Western Siberia. It loves to grow in shady areas, especially under the crowns of trees.
The most reliable way of propagation is the division of the bush. She has a rather large piece of rhizomes, many subordinate roots and a healthy kidney with flowering leaves. The root system must be freed from the ground, then plunging the roots into a container of water. If necessary, a very sharp, previously sterilized knife should be used to cut the rhizome. Put the cuttings in the holes and pour them well.
The recommended distance between the flowers, for planting, is 30-40 cm. But, if there is not enough space in your garden now, you can reduce this distance, and transplant Brunners later. They are excellently experiencing transplants.
Suppose a seedling method of reproduction, but it should be borne in mind that Brunner seeds require prolonged stratification (at least 3 months), and a new plant will bloom only 2 years after planting.
It is quite possible to grow Brunner from seeds, but because of the early you, you may not have time to sow them. The seeds of this flower are very small. For spring sowing, they need to be prepared, for this they are usually stratified, which lasts 3-4 months. It should be noted that propagating Brunner by dividing is much easier than seeds.
In general, Brunner is extremely rarely affected by pests and diseases. Nevertheless, if there is a lot of rains in the summer, the plant can get a brown spotty. Light spots that appeared on leaf plates will indicate an infection. Pests such as whiteflies and aphids can also settle on this flower.
Fighting it is very easy. In a patient, the infected leaves should be removed, and then treated with any fungicidal agent. The roots of Brunns are thin, but poisonous, so it will become a protection from rodents in your garden.