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Florists are very fond of lilies. These delicate and flowers in terms of decorativeness, a variety of shapes of colors and varieties are not inferior to roses. An ancient Greek legend says that these beautiful flowers came from the milk of the goddess Hera, with whom she fed her son Ares. One of the most famous and common are Asian hybrids of lilies. They are often attributed to the pyramidal type. Of particular note among them is the Marlene variety.
Characteristic, photo and name of the variety
Lilies "Marlene" - bright representatives of the Asian group with its best qualities - cold resistance, early flowering, ease of rooting and enhanced shoot formation. The stems grow up to a meter high. The leaves are narrow and long.
The flowers are large, pinkish at the tips, and almost white towards the middle, with pink-yellow petals on the outside. This beautiful lily blooms for almost 2 months. The flower in shape resembles a bowl, very spectacular. A characteristic feature of this variety is that beautiful flowers absolutely do not smell. Therefore, they can be safely planted next to asters, phlox, echinacea. Lilies will look good next to roses, emphasizing their sophistication and decorativeness.
Persistent error anomaly
In nature, a phenomenon is known when in plants, under the influence of various factors, several growth points grow together. These can be stems, the main stem and side shoots. The flower stalk becomes wide, but flat, has a ribbon-like shape, a record-high number of buds are formed on its often ribbed surface. Moreover, the stem of such a plant can twist, its branching is different from usual. This phenomenon is called fasciation - from the Latin "fascia", which means a bandage, strip.
The causes of fasciations can be:
- the use of bioregulators, growth stimulants, granular mineral fertilizers when growing plants;
- unfavorable factors and failures during plant growth: damage to the bulb or sprouts, their viral or bacterial infection, pesticides or radiation;
- gene mutations due to a sharp change in lighting, temperature, humidity, etc.
Lilies: variety selection
Lilies "Marlene" often form about a hundred multicolor flowers on the fascinating peduncle. This is due to their ability to produce several shoots from one bulb, which, due to one or more of the above factors, can grow together and form a single wide peduncle with many flowers.
Many inexperienced gardeners consider this a sign of a new variety of lilies, which are called pyramidal or bush. But the appearance of the multi-color pyramid of colors at Marlene is a spontaneous phenomenon, it cannot be regulated or artificially induced. And new plants often do not inherit special maternal traits.
Planting Marilyn Lilies
Lilies are planted in the middle of spring. If the bulbs are bought in the fall, then until May they should be stored in a cool place or in the refrigerator.
Lilies are planted to a depth of 20 cm. Clay soil is preliminarily enriched with humus, peat, sand, and clay, humus and peat are added to the sandy soil. Fresh manure should not be introduced: it can destroy young plants.
A place for planting bulbs of lilies is chosen sunny, protected from harsh wind and drafts. In the shade and in strong winds, buds may fall on them. The soil should be well-drained, moderately moist and loose. Between plants, a ten-centimeter interval should be observed.
Pyramidal Lily Care
Caring for the Marlene lily consists of the following agricultural activities:
- Watering is done moderate, under the root. Getting on the leaves, droplets of moisture act like lenses, which can cause sunburn on delicate leaves. Lilies do not like waterlogging and stagnation of water. And dry soil, taken by the crust, makes it difficult to breathe roots. Watering should be regular - 3-4 times a week. It is completely stopped in October, when the stem of a faded plant is cut off and its ground part is covered with a film. In the cold season, shelter protects the lily from waterlogging.
- Fertilizing is carried out three times: in spring, nitrogen fertilizers are needed for plant growth, during the formation of buds, complex replenishment cannot be dispensed with, and after flowering, phosphorus and potassium compounds are required to strengthen the bulbs.
- Loosening the soil is necessary for root respiration. This must be done carefully so as not to damage them.
- The lilies are tied to a peg so that their tall stem under the weight of numerous flowers does not break.
- When cutting flowers, you need to preserve the leaves as much as possible, otherwise the lily may not bloom next year.
- Bulb transplantation is carried out every 3-4 years. In the fall, newly formed bulbs are separated from the mother ones, and in the spring they are planted in the holes. Flowering of young plants usually occurs no earlier than the second year.
How to plant bush lilies
Although pyramidal and bush lilies as a separate species do not exist, the fascination of the fabulously beautiful Marlene lily mistaken for them itself is worth special attention. You only need to know about this error, so as not to become a victim of unscrupulous flower sellers. And although the behavior of this unusual Asian is unpredictable, but her multi-color bright bouquets are a miracle of nature that can decorate any flower garden.