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How to plant and cultivate the asphodel?

How to plant and cultivate the asphodel?

The characteristics of the asphodel

  • Type: flower and flowering plant
  • Height: from 0 to 30 cm
  • Flower colors: white, pink
  • Desired exposure: sunny
  • Type of soil: normal, limestone
  • Foliage: spent
  • Interview: easy to maintain
  • Location: living room, bathroom, living room
  • sanitizer: no
  • variety: Albus, cerasiferus, fistolosus, ramosus, macrocarpus

Origins and peculiarities of the asphodel

Native to the Himalayas (hence a certain resistance to low temperatures!) And growing in the Mediterranean region,asphodel is a flowering plant from the Liliaceae family.

Visually, the asphodel is a plant whose long leaves form species of small gutters through which the plant feeds on water! The asphodel is a fairly imposing plant in size since during its flowering (in May), its stem can easily reach more than one meter fifty, and is covered with clusters of pink or white flowers ... which is most beautiful effect in the center of a lawn! The asphodel also produces fruits quite similar to those of the cherry tree, but which especially make the feast of the birds.

On the other hand, the tuberous roots of the plant are perfectly edible; formerly, during periods of scarcity, we ate readily to compensate for the lack of more substantial food although they are difficult to digest. The ancients also used it to fight against various diseases, but it is quite unusual nowadays as medicine.

To note: today, the asphodel is a protected species in France!

Plantation of the asphodel

The asphodel being a perennial plant, it is necessary to renew the sowing every year. They are done in the fall or between early March and mid-April. The easiest way is to sow in place and be patient because germination can be very long (about a month).

To obtain beautiful flowers, the asphodel requires exposure to full sun and a light, acidic, rather dry and well-drained soil. Do not hesitate to add perlite or sand to the soil of your garden when you put your asphodels in place.

Multiplication of the asphodel

To reproduce asphodeles, division is the method which is by far the most efficient and the fastest! To do this :

  • Cut the regrowth of the plant with their roots in March;
  • Replant them immediately in the ground;
  • Water the regrowth.

Good to know : with its rapid growth, the asphodel can quickly become invasive in a garden! If this is the case, uproot the plant with the roots.

Maintenance and watering of the asphodel

The asphodel is the friend of lazy gardeners! Indeed, this plant has an excessively fast growth and it does not require any maintenance. Most of the time it is not necessary to water, the asphodel tolerates drought quite well. If the summer months are particularly dry, you can water sparingly, preferably in the evening.

It is easy to multiply the plant by replanting root shards or taking offspring. Most of the time if the summer has been good, the asphodel re-sows spontaneously, so you will see new flowers appear effortlessly.

Asphodel diseases

Good news: in addition to asking for an almost zero maintenance, the asphodel has no predators and is not affected by any disease. On the contrary, bees love it! If you see the plant cover with insects, don't worry, it will be fine, there is no need to treat.