4 tips for growing Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley convalaria majalis belongs to lily of the valley. Perennial herbs. The plant height is 20-30cm. The leaves are basal, erect, 2, oblong ovate, 10-20cm long, 7-7.5cm wide, with long stalks, and several sheathed membranous scale leaves at the lower part. The flowers are extracted from the axils of scale leaves, and are nearly as high as the leaves. The inflorescence is racemose and slightly curved at the top. The flowers are white and fragrant with a diameter of about 0.8cm. The flowering period is from May to June. The berries are red when they are ripe. Lily of the valley has low plant height, fragrant flowers, strong sex and resistance to dampness. It can be used as flower border with scented Solomon’s seal, or planted on lawn, slope, natural rock and rock garden.

It is also used for cutting flowers or potted plants. Lily of the valley is a famous shade tolerant ornamental flower in the garden. It is mostly planted in the north of the house and under the shade of trees to appreciate its beautiful foliage and fragrant and elegant flowers. It can also be used as cut flowers, flower bundles and potted plants. The varieties of lily of the valley are: ① lily of the valley( var.fortunei )Lily of the valley( var.rosea )The perianth has pink stripes. ③ double lily of the valley( var.prolificans )④ The leaves of lily of the valley (VaR, variegata) have yellow stripes.

It is native to temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. It is common in Asia, Europe and North America. It is distributed in northeast forest area of China, Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province and mountainous areas near Beijing. Under the wild forest, it likes cool, humid and semi cloudy environment, and avoids hot, dry and cold resistant. It likes to be rich in humus and slightly acidic soil, but can also grow in neutral and alkaline soil. It is a good ground cover, understory plant and shade resistant flower

It can be carried out in spring and autumn. The specific method is: the cut rhizome or bud, according to the size of plant in the nursery, and careful management can be. Most of the buds divided in autumn do not affect the flowering in the following spring; the smaller buds need to be growd for one year before flowering. The plant clusters growd for many years gradually extend outward and grow vigorously. Generally, the spacing between plants and rows is 25-30cm, with 2-3 buds per cluster and 5-6cm soil covering. Generally, it is planted once every 3-4 years. The seeds needed for sowing and propagation can germinate only after two low temperature periods. It takes 5-6 years for seedlings to blossom

Lily of the valley plant method is as follows: after not falling leaves, dig up the small bulb at the top of the rhizome and put it in the room at 2-3 ℃ for 2-3 weeks. In order to blossom earlier, move into the room 5 weeks before the required flowering period, water it properly and keep it at 12-14 ℃ in the dark. After 10-15 days, the room temperature will rise to 20-22 ℃ and add water and topdressing. It will take about 3 weeks bloom. Low temperature and darkness must be given first to facilitate plant

The growd land should be deeply ploughed for 20-30cm, and fully decomposed organic fertilizer should be applied. Generally, 0.5-1.5kg/m sauce dregs should be watered enough in the first ten days of March. At the same time, 1% trichlorfon solution should be washed and irrigated to disinfect the soil.

1.3-6 months is the dry season in northern China

so we should pay attention to watering, generally 3-6 times a month, in order to keep the soil loose and moist during the growth period.

2. Before flowering

Proper light should be transmitted and the decomposed organic fertilizer (mainly scale fertilizer) should be applied. The bud should be covered after flowering.

3.From March to August

The weather was hot and the leaves were withered and yellow

4. Topdressing should be applied once to make the plants grow vigorously in the next spring.

And timely pour enough anti freezing water.