Forcing lilies of the valley at home
I have a lot of lilies of the valley in the country. They delight with their flowering and aroma in May. And in order to give a present to myself and relatives on March 8, I drive out the lilies of the valley and prepare bouquets at home.
For distillation I use rhizomes of lilies of the valley with floral blunt buds. I knit the selected sprouts in bundles, cut the root system by 2 cm, drop them vertically in the sand with the sprouts and store them at a temperature of +1 .. + 2 ° C in a cold basement.
Forcing begins in late January. 10 days before planting, I sprout sprouts with rhizomes at a temperature of -3 ..- 5 ° C, sprinkle with snow. I bring it indoors and after slow thawing (1-2 days), free it from sand and cut the roots at room temperature, leaving 8-9 cm.
Little secret: to accelerate the flowering of rhizomes after pruning, I place them in a container of warm water for 12 hours. This stimulates the development of leaves. Without such a “bath” during early distillation, May lilies of the valley often do not produce leaves, but form only inflorescences.
I plant rhizomes in warm, light soil (sand, peat and turf in equal proportions), deepening the sprouts by half a centimeter. After planting, I pour it with warm water so that it goes into the pan, after which I definitely drain the water.
The air temperature in the room where the lilies of the valley grow should be 20..22 ° C, and the temperature of the soil during distillation + 25 ° C. This is achieved by heating the soil (I put the plates on the battery). As drying watered the ground with warm water. To evenly moisten the sprouts, the first time mulch peat. Necessarily spraying, as the lily of the valley develops best in conditions of excessively humidified air.
Lilies of the valley usually bloom on the 23-25th day. From the beginning of the distillation, for the development of longer peduncles and obtaining delicate leaves of the plant, I slightly shade it.
When opening the first buds, I gradually lower the temperature to 16..18 ° C, watering less often, but I do not allow the drying of an earthen coma. As soon as half of the flower brushes open, the flower stalks begin to cut.
These little bouquets really warm the soul when it is still cold outside the windows.