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Maintaining Goldfelberich - Important information for watering, fertilizing & cutting

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The Goldfelberich is very undemanding and easy to maintain, but you still have to keep an eye on it, otherwise it will spread unhindered.

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Caring for the golden loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata), also known as dotted loosestrife, will not pose any major problems for you. As an undemanding beginner plant, the golden rocket will delight with its numerous golden yellow flowers and grow eagerly. Sometimes a little too eager. Caring for the plant therefore also means placing it in its place, so that sooner or later you will not be surrounded by goldfinches and the other plants have been successfully displaced.

Read below what you should keep in mind when taking care of the robust flowering plant.

Pour the gold rye properly

The Goldfelberich loves a moist location. If it is too dry, you will not be able to enjoy the numerous golden yellow flowers. However, since the plant also does not tolerate waterlogging, you will need to be careful when watering. The plant should be moisturized regularly, but not washed in. So water moderately but regularly. On dry days, the plants need more water. Watering can be avoided on wet days.

" Tip: Use soft and lime-free water, preferably rainwater.

To keep the moisture in the soil for longer, it is advisable to apply a layer of bark mulch. The preferred location of the Goldfelberich is near the water or near a rain barrel. If this is not the case, the plants love to be sprayed damp from time to time. In frosty conditions, the plants are generally not watered.

in short:

  • Earth must not dry out
  • Avoid waterlogging
  • do not water in frost
  • use lime-poor water
  • Properly fertilize the golden rocket

Properly fertilize the golden rocket

The Goldfelberich does not have to receive regular fertilizers. The plants are undemanding and actually thrive in any garden soil. Nevertheless, there are, depending on the location, differences in terms of growth and flowering power. Lean soils in particular can be enriched with compost. For older plants, it is advisable to implement the golden field oak so that it does not dominate the garden bed too much and at the same time preserves fresh soil.

" Tip: If the golden field is in the bucket, it can absorb less nutrients through the soil and should also be fertilized.

Does the Goldfelberich need to be cut?

A dense and bushy growth lies in the nature of the plant, so that a regular topiary will not be necessary. So that the plants do not grow too abundantly and keep their shape, scissors should be used once a year. A radical pruning is carried out in the autumn after the flowering period, when the stems have flowered and begin to change color. Remove all parts of the plant up to about a hand's breadth above the ground.

" Tip: Those who have failed can also cut in spring. However, the plant should not have sprouted yet.

If cutting measures are necessary due to diseases or pest infestation, these can be carried out all year round.

The Goldfelberich as a cut flower

The striking flower stems will not only cause admiration in the garden bed. The Goldfelberich can also be used as a cut flower. The Goldfelberich finds its justification especially in large, colorful summer bouquets. The individual stems can also speak for themselves in the vase.

Detect diseases and pests

As you may already have guessed, a robust and vigorous plant like the golden rocket seldom suffers from diseases or pests. Every now and then it can happen.

The cause is usually one of the following maintenance errors:

  • soil too dry
  • calcareous, hard water
  • too dark, cool location
  • too lean ground

The following have been observed on damage patterns in the golden field:

  • snails
  • tracked
  • aphids
  • root rot

"Snails - danger to young plants
Mostly young plants are affected by snails. If the leaves are still very tender, they serve as a popular source of food and there is a risk of balding in a short time. You can help yourself with a snail fence. However, it is usually sufficient to open your eyes and collect the nocturnal animals in good time. Snail eating is not a death sentence for the robust gold field. Once the voracious pests are removed, new leaves grow back and there is no damage to the plant.

"Caterpillars and aphids - rare but uninvited guests
An infestation with caterpillars or aphids is rare in the golden field. Check the plants from time to time, you will notice the infestation and can quickly help yourself by collecting or showering.

" Tip: Ladybugs are a natural predator against aphids.

"Root rot
Plants love moisture, but wet feet don't get wet in the long run. Watering defects can quickly lead to root rot. This is accompanied by a stunted growth and a foul smell rising from the ground. Quick action is required to save the plant. The Goldfelberich should be transplanted immediately. The entire substrate must be removed.

Blossoming lazy golden rye - what is it?

In an optimal location, the golden rocket will not miss its blooming joy. If there are only a few or no flowers at all, this may be due to a too dark location. Locations in full sun ensure abundance of flowers. If the nutrient supply in the soil is too low, the plant will not be able to develop sufficient flowers either. This is where the conversion to a nutrient-rich substrate or the enrichment of the existing soil with compost help.

Hibernate gold field

The plants are hardy. No additional protection is required for outdoor plants during the cold season. However, a certain preparation for the cold season is advantageous. This initially affects the pruning in autumn. If the stems are radically shortened before winter, this helps to strengthen the roots and make the Goldfelberich more resistant. The casting behavior also plays a role. With the frost, the watering is stopped because the plant retreats to the root and no longer absorbs nutrients. If the night temperatures fall below ten degrees, irrigation is only carried out when the soil appears completely dry.

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