Edelweiss - noble white
Noble white - the name of this wonderful flower is translated from German. The vitality of edelweiss, like other alpine plants, surprises and delights. Life in the mountains is harsh: very thin air, sudden changes in heat and cold. In such "extreme" conditions, at an altitude of more than 2,000 m, a beautiful edelweiss covered in legends blooms every summer among bare rocks and scree. In the highlands, it forms single bumps, and in mountain meadows it is spread out with a beautiful carpet. The genus edelweiss includes about 40 species that have many common features, but the most famous of them is alpine edelweiss, a low herbaceous plant with basket inflorescences surrounded by white radiant leaves, which makes the inflorescences look like stars cut out of thin white felt. Peduncle height 15-25 cm. The leaves are leafless, narrow, long, green above, whitish below.
I grew edelweiss from seeds and I must say that it is quite difficult. The smallest, barely visible seeds were mixed with sand and sown in a pot filled with moist soil, covered with glass from above. After 10-14 days, approximately half of the seeds sprouted, and when it was time to remove the glass, the most difficult began. The finest plants had to be pipetted, but not all survived such gentle watering: drops washed their roots out of the soil. As a result, there were only three edelweiss (I was glad of this), which were able to firmly take root in the ground. In early June, transplanted grown seedlings in open ground, in a sunny place. They developed rapidly, bloomed in the second year and in the future did not cause me any concern.
Edelweiss is especially spectacular in the late evening: reflecting moonlight, it flickers with a mysterious light.
Edelweiss drought tolerant, winter without shelter, even with insufficient snow cover. Contrary to popular belief that they need poor soil and scarce watering, it turned out that they like garden soil like everyone else, and watering is rare but plentiful. I think they do not need additional nutrition and, importantly, they are resistant to pests and diseases.
However, the edelweiss does require some care. In one place, it can grow for many years, but with age it loses its decorativeness: it grows, forming large bumps with exposed sod, becomes less compact, while peduncles appear less and less, they decay in different directions. Therefore, edelweiss should be rejuvenated every 3-4 years: divide the bushes and transplant them to a new place. He transfers the transplant painlessly. Samoseva practically does not.
Edelweiss will be comfortable on an alpine hill, which will “remind” him of the places where he once grew up. However, keep in mind: growing, it can displace neighboring plants.