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Maintain, cut and keep gold-loosestrife

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The gold loosestrife is a splendor in the garden. He loves a wet and sunny place. All information about care and more here.

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The loosestrife (Lysimachia) brings color to every corner of the garden - especially where the soil is rather damp. About 180 Lysimachia species are known. They are all common in the northern hemisphere. Gold loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata) also belongs to these species Dotted loosestrife known. It is used as a natural remedy in homeopathy.

Gold loosestrife in portrait

With its bright yellow, jagged flowers and refreshing green leaves, the yellow loosestrife is a delightful perennial in the garden. This robust, hardy plant has an upright, clumpy habit and can reach a height of 60 to 120 centimeters. However, it also has pitfalls. Its roots are runners that spread quickly and beset neighboring perennials. But you shouldn't be put off by this. If you regularly prune the runners or plant a root barrier around the plant, then you will enjoy the gold loosestrife for a long time.

By the way: The flowering stems of the golden loosestrife are ideal as a vase cut.

A moist location is preferred

If possible, place Gold Felberich in a humid but sunny location. The ideal location would be the proximity to the garden pond or stream.

If you do not have such locations, then you can set up a suitable place for the Gold-Felberich. For this, the soil conditions must be adapted to the needs of the Lysimachia punctata

The soil should be nutritious and moist

Prepare the soil as best as possible for the clumpy perennial. This should be humus, loamy, nutritious and water-storing. It is best to mix fresh garden soil with compost, clay flour and bark mulch. So the soil can store the water well.

Plant in spring or autumn

The right time to plant gold felberich is in spring, after the ice saints or in autumn, as long as no frost is in sight. Although the plant is extremely hardy, it does not like frost as long as its roots are not sufficiently anchored in the ground.

You should pay attention to this:

  1. Before digging out the planting hole, measure the length of the roots beforehand. The hole may only be a little deeper than the longest root of the loosestrife.
  2. Mix the excavated material in a wheelbarrow with clay, compost and bark mulch.
  3. Now insert the plant and fill the hole with the prepared excavation.
  4. Ultimately, press the golden loosestrife well and water the plant vigorously.
  5. It is advisable to place a root barrier around the planting site in order to keep the roots in check.

In spring, water the Lysimachia punctatain for the first two weeks. After the autumn planting, water the planting until the first frost occurs.

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Water more often - fertilization is not necessary

  1. The gold loosestrife needs to be watered more often. The plant doesn't like dry periods, nor does it like waterlogging. Use water that is low in lime and soft to pour, preferably rainwater from the bin. For longer periods of drought, spray the perennial from above. If it rains heavily over a longer period of time, then take a break with the watering.
  2. You can do without fertilizers. If the plant nest gets older and blooming tired, then enrich the soil with compost and fresh mulch every 2 to 3 years. You can also transplant the golden loosestrife to another place, the soil of which you have previously prepared in a nutrient-rich manner.
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Radical pruning in autumn

In summer, flowering stems are cut only for vase decoration. A topiary is not necessary at this time. Only in autumn do you radically cut back the faded perennial. In this way you contribute to the fact that the look in the garden does not change and the health of the plant is not impaired the following year. Cut back to a hand's width above the ground.

Do not water in winter

The gold loosestrife does not need to be protected in frost. It is considered hardy. However, you should make sure that you stop casting at temperatures below 8 ° Celsius. Only when the soil is very dry is watering carried out during this time. An absolute taboo applies on frost days.

Plant diseases and pests

  1. The loosestrife is largely immune to plant diseases. He just doesn't like waterlogging that leads to root rot.
  2. The plant is also robust against most pests. But snails like to attack the young shoots of the plant. You can help yourself against pest infestation with snail fences. However, if the damage pattern is small, no additional measures are required. The plant quickly recovers.

Conclusion:
Lysimachia punctata is a decorative plant in the garden, also suitable for cutting vases. The perennial likes a humid and sunny location. The roots form runners, which you should cut off regularly or tame with a root lock. Make sure the floor is always moist. Compost and mulch are sufficient for the nutrient supply. The golden loosestrife is cut in autumn after flowering.

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