All about blue fescue, a resistant and elegant herb
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The blue fescue is one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden. This grass at silver foliage or blue gray grows in dry land and withstands the seaside climates. It forms compact tufts that require almost no watering and multiply easily. Fescue can be grown in graphic borders, in clumps alongside other perennials or in pots on a balcony. It gives a contemporary effect to any garden.
The blue fescue is a grass very easy to cultivate in all the gardens. It can be installed in a garden, on a terrace or in a pot on a balcony. Our practical tips will help novice and experienced gardeners grow blue fescue successfully in their garden and on their patio.
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Planting blue fescue
Blue fescue is a very easy plant to plant. She prefers well drained and light soils. Prepare the blue fescue planting by carefully digging the soil and weeding it thoroughly. Blue fescue can be installed at the seaside in sandy soils.
Prepare planting holes slightly larger than the clods and plan a distance of at least 20 cm between each plant. Choose locations in full sun and know that the fescue tolerates the gales. Lighten excessively heavy soils with gravel or sand (river). Install each foot, fill with potting soil, tamp lightly and water well.
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Blue fescue in pot
Blue fescue is a plant very simple to grow in pots, in a planter or in a tray. Install there in full sun in a pot to mark a passage, in a group in a planter with sedums for example to form a very Mediterranean decor. Blue Fescue can also be combined with Begonias or Scarlet Sages for easy-care hotpot.
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Size and maintenance of blue fescue
Prune fescue blue once a year in early spring to keep compact tufts. Weed the blue fescue plants well and weed out the weeds. Do not hesitate to mulch the feet of fescue. Every two years, remember to raise the fescue clumps to divide them. Replant the young feet thus obtained. Proceed in the spring when the soil is slightly warmed.
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Watering and blue fescue fertilizer
Blue fescue is a plant that resists well to dry land. After watering, at the time of planting, let the soil dry a few days before watering slightly. Do this if the climate is dry and hot. Otherwise, let Blue Fescue live its life! Grasses do not like humid climates. Do not add fertilizer during the year. During the fescue division, add a little compost to the planting holes to make them start again.
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Diseases and parasites that affect blue fescue
Blue fescue is very resistant to diseases and pests, like most grasses. Protect young plants with Ferramol to prevent slug attacks.
To know about blue fescue
Blue fescue belongs to one of the largest botanical families on earth, poaceae. There are hundreds of species all over the world. Bamboos, sugar cane, rice, wheat, and grass-like grasses such as ryegrass and red fescue are part of this family that is essential for human and animal nutrition.
The varieties of blue fescue to choose
There are several varieties of blue fescue.
The variety 'Azurit' has a very silvery foliage and forms beautiful compact cushions. Fescue 'Elijha Blue' has a deep blue foliage and its spikes have purple hues. A must for all graphic gardens. The variety 'Silberreiher' with silver green foliage does not exceed 15 cm. It is perfect for planters.
Gardener's tip on blue fescue
Blue fescue is ideal for completing a rock or a succulent plant. Marry it with houseleek, euphorbia or sedums. A good solution to animate an old pottery or an old manger.