The most beautiful cereals – impera cylindrical
More recently, our grandmothers could not think of planting ornamental grass, albeit beautiful, in a flower garden, it was believed that it only interferes with the growth of useful plants. But times are changing, and decorative grasses have taken their rightful place in our gardens. Superiority among them in beauty, no doubt, is occupied by the emperor. An unpretentious perennial cereal, with its bright crimson leaves, will decorate any garden plot.
The cylindrical emperor is one of the species of a whole genus of cereals, which is widely used in ornamental gardening. An adult plant is very beautiful, has a bright color, while it is undemanding to care for. The cereal imperate was also nicknamed “red lightning” for its erect rigid tall foliage and an unusual bright red color. Wide leaves with pointed tips at the base are narrower. The impera blooms quite impressively: it releases thick feathery panicles of a silvery color, vaguely resembling an ear.
The plant grows wild in Southeast Asia, in the Caucasus, she loves sandy soils and places near rivers. In culture, in gardens and parks, the Imperata Red Baron variety is widespread. It grows up to forty centimeters in height, although its young leaves can be bright green, but as they grow, they become red in color, at the end of summer they acquire a completely bloody color.
Planting and caring for the imperial cylindrical Red Baron
If there is already a collection of cereals on the backyard, and not only of the traditional green color, but also of a yellow hue, then bright red leaves will add the necessary accent to your landscape design.
For rare cereal planting materials, it is preferable to purchase in trusted stores, since in this case you need to be absolutely sure that you have purchased a high-quality varietal plant.
True, the Emperor Red Baron may well be looked after by some experienced florists. This cereal hibernates perfectly in a cold climate, and there are almost no problems with it..
In order for your grass to retain its traditional decorative effect for this variety, it is extremely important to choose a good place for planting ideally. The cereal withstands light partial shade, however, it becomes bright red only in a sunny and open flower bed. Planting and caring for the imperator cylindrical Red Baron presents no visible problems, but it grows rather slowly. In the third or fourth year of life, the plant becomes tall and acquires a characteristic reddish tint..
The soil must be drained, the cereal does not like places with stagnant moisture. If there is not enough drainage, the plant can rot its roots. However, the rest of the landing is carried out in a simple traditional way:
- Large holes, they should be made twice as large as the root system of a seedling.
- You need to put compost at the bottom of the pit.
- After compost, you need to put a mineral complex fertilizer.
After the preparatory work, the young sapling of the Emperor Red Baron needs to be placed in a hole, covered with earth, watered and tamped. After the place around the planting is mulched with a small layer of peat (about three centimeters).
The plant does not like moisture too much, but on hot summer days it is better to water it abundantly. Also, intensive watering is needed in the spring, when young shoots are formed. The emperor cylindrical, although it does not tolerate stagnant water, however, prefers intensive watering.
In the fall, the plant should be pruned, leaving pieces of leaves about ten centimeters from the ground. Before the onset of cold weather, you need to additionally mulch your decorative cereal. If green shoots appear on the plant in the fall or at the end of summer, they should be cut out immediately, not allowing them to grow much, otherwise the appearance of the bush will be hopelessly spoiled..
When you start replanting a cylindrical imperate, you need to make sure that the ground is constantly wet, but not very wet. This plant does not take root well in new places, if there is little moisture, it will die.
Reproduction is carried out by simple division of an adult bush. The process of dividing itself is carried out at a time when the bushes have grown profusely, and in the middle they began to grow slightly bald. In doing so, consider the following:
- It is best to propagate cereal in spring.
- The plant should be dug up by the root.
- Try not to damage the root
- You can neatly divide part of the dug out plant again..
Over the summer and spring, the plant needs to be fed two or three times. Imperata is very fond of Cylindrical Red Baron mineral fertilizers. However, if the soil in your garden is fertile, then the plant may not be fertilized at all. It is especially pleasant that the red cereal is not afraid of pests or diseases..
You do not need to force this plant to bloom with all your might. The Impera grass is not in the wild, and almost never blooms in the cultural environment. The plant already has great decorative value due to its bright foliage..
In landscape design
In late autumn, when all garden plants have faded, cereals continue to delight with brightness of colors, attractive appearance, and therefore at this time of the year they play a dominant role in the garden. But this is not the only reason why our flower growers are so fond of the cylindrical imperial Red Baron: the geometric shape and picturesqueness of the leaves create a special accent on the decorative flower bed..
The plant is very suitable for a small garden. An excellent background for the impera is green conifers and bushes with large leaves. The red cereal looks great next to the creeping juniper. You can grow this plant in a container, which is brought into the veranda or winter garden for the winter. In the autumn, the impera grass in a pot looks unusually against the background of falling asleep nature..
This type of cereal is almost always present in the classic Japanese garden. The plant looks great on an emerald lawn in the idea of a single planting. The emperor can be planted in the middle of a flower bed, making it the center of the original composition.
If you have not yet figured out how to decorate the small shore of the pond in the garden in an original way, then the ideal option is the planting of the Red Baron emperor, especially since caring for it is simple. The bright red leaves of this plant will turn your pond into a fairy tale..
So, if you are a beginner gardener and want to immediately make your vacation spot spectacular, then plant an imperato. The plant never gets sick, there is no trouble with it, but it looks incomparable, delighting with bright red leaves until the very cold.