Boudreau (Catnip) — care at home
Perennial plant with erect stems, reaching a length of 10-40 see
Flowering is in may-June.
Small flowers are irregular in shape appear from the leaf axils and have a blue-fioletowy or purple color.
After flowering, fruits appear in the form of a small nut, which when dry is divided into four parts.
The plant is used for landscaping balconies, terraces and winter gardens as a natural podvorotnya, ampelnye plants.
In everyday life a very undemanding plant. In addition to all the pluses this kind of Labiatae has aromatic leaves that are widely used in folk medicine.
In countries such as France, Bulgaria, America, Brazil, the leaves of this plant are added to various salads. In Russia undeservedly considered a weed.
The cultivation of Burda (Catnip)
Location and lighting
For comfortable growth the plant needs bright ambient light. Suitable place near the window on the South side. In natural conditions it is the shadow and penumbra.
The temperature in summer between 18 to 25 degrees Celsius, winter: 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. In the summer we could expect Boudreau to fresh air. As this plant is wild harvested, lowering the temperature in winter is obligatory for him.
Watering and humidity
Watering abundant in the warm seasons and mild winters. Also, the plant requires regular spraying with cool water. The plant does not tolerate dry air.
Used as fertilizer for decorative-deciduous plants. Is made once in two weeks. In autumn and winter, fertilizing is made once in two months and only half the manufacturer’s recommended amount.
Transplantation and propagation
Planting or breeding make it very simple. To maintain a neat appearance of the grass are strong annual haircut regrown shoots.
Produce it usually in the spring, the resulting cuttings are used for propagation. They are placed for several days in water or wet sand. Cuttings root easily.
Boudreau transplant can be carried out as needed once a year or two years, in fresh soil adding to it 15% of expanded clay. The plant is well developed in almost any kind of soil. When transplanting, the plant is usually pruned.
The plant is very hardy, so injuries occur more from improper maintenance than from pests.