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Alisso: characteristics and cultivation


L'Alisso it is the flower that calms anger or at least many know it as such. It is certainly a pleasant plant that grows so luxuriantly that it is very often used to carpet rock gardens and flower beds that it floods with its very generous flowers. It is a rather easy plant to grow but it is better to read up carefully to obtain the best results in the shortest possible time wonderful results with borders of flower beds and edges of paths. You can also play with its vibrant color shades.

Alisso: characteristics

Colorful and abundant, the blooms ofAlisso they are very satisfying and come unexpectedly because, without flowers, these plants have a rather fragile appearance. A good exposure, which allows the plant to get a lot of sun, can guarantee us an explosive flowering. The flowers are very fragrant and have various colors but usually not particularly bright, they can create some expanses of flowers in arid spaces where other plants are unable to survive or at least to flourish. Also thanks to its shrubby habit, the Alisso is perfectly suited to be placed in gardens and flower beds in decorative purpose.

Alisso: name

We talked about a flower to calm anger and it is not a legend, this meaning lies in its very name because "Alyssum" is a term that derives from the Greek and means 'without anger'. However, we can find this flower used, according to the language of flowers, as a symbol of tranquility and serenity of mind.

Alisso: diseases

Despite having to deal with a rather resistant plant to pest and disease attacks, we certainly cannot expect it to be totally immune to any “health” problem. The enemies of the Alisso are first of all the cochineal and the aphids that tend to infest it. If this happens it is necessary to run for cover and physically wash the leaves of the plant, one by one, with a sponge soaked in water.

Only if this attempt fails can we have recourse to gods specific products to be administered according to the indications, to disinfect. There is also a way to try to prevent parasitic attack by trying not to keep this plant in an environment with excessive humidity and where no air circulates. To ensure that the Alisso always has a beautiful appearance, it is necessary to manually remove the dried leaves and flowers when they appear but no special interventions are required pruning.

Alisso: cultivation

Even those who don't have the green thumb you can safely try to cultivate this plant which is not pretentious at all and also adapts to any type of soil, preferably fresh and well drained. Even periods of drought are unable to kill the Alisso which in fact manages to grow surprisingly on arid soils.

When we plant this plant we must calculate the right times to ensure that we obtain abundant flowering in summer. If that's what we want, then we have to plant it between the months of April and May, in the open ground. We can also cultivateAlisso in pots but it is important that it has the appropriate space to grow and so that its roots can develop as much as necessary to ensure that the aerial part reaches a height of 30 centimeters. In most cases, a single Alisso plant is not placed on the ground, or in a pot, but a series with the intention of obtaining a stain made up of different colors. In fact, the flowers can have very different colors, depending on the variety, between white and yellow passing by hue on pink or purple.

In the garden, we choose a position for the Alisso where it can get lots of sun, at least four hours a day, to ensure satisfactory flowering. If placed in semi-shade, the plant still manages to make some flowers but you immediately realize that it does not have the same performance. The cold doesn't scare this kind of much annual plant which manages to resist a lot. Even at the water level, we can not worry too much because frequent and particularly constant irrigation is not needed. In any case, it is better to use water at room temperature and free of chlorine. We do not exaggerate with the quantity because water stagnation capable of causing the root rot of this plant. It is therefore better to test the ground with your hands to see if it is already damp enough or if it is necessary to water again.

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