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Baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) profile

Written by Maggie

Mar 11 2021

Baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) profile

Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) is an annual herbaceous flower, belonging to Baby Blue Eyes genus of Aquilaceae. Baby Blue Eyes has 5 petals, flower diameter 1 ~ 3 centimeters or so, general common colors for the orange green, with white flowers dotted with small black spots and the center, or white flowers and each petal has the purple, the outer tip more petals dark (black part will change, from purple to black, not all black) with outer edge white turns round, the special is no design and color.

Baby Blue Eyes has strong cold resistance, even under the frost area can also overwinter, suitable for pot, Flower bed planting.

In Japan, Baby Blue Eyes is no stranger to the Japanese people, and is widely planted by the local people. It is a very good pot plant in terms of color, flower type and plant type.

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Baby Blue Eyes

Morphological features of baby blue eyes

Baby Blue Eyes is an annual herbaceous flower, belonging to Baby Blue Eyes genus of Aquilaceae. Baby Blue Eyes has 5 petals, flower diameter 1 ~ 3 centimeters or so, general common colors for the orange green, with white flowers dotted with small black spots and the center, or white flowers and each petal has the purple, the outer tip more petals dark (black part will change, from purple to black, not all black) with outer edge white turns round, the special is no design and color.

Baby Blue Eyes plant is about 30 cm high, clear purple blue flowers, white center. Baby Blue Eyes has strong cold resistance, even under the frost area can also overwinter, suitable for pots, flower beds planting. In Japan, Baby Blue Eyes is no stranger to the Japanese people, and is widely planted by the local people. It is a very good pot plant in terms of color, flower type and plant type.

In Taiwan flat, because the summer climate is hot, the growth potential is poor, so that the flowering will be affected. Autumn is the best sowing period, the next year in spring flowering, germination temperature is about 15 to 22℃, the growth temperature is 5 to 28℃, more suitable for cold weather for planting. If you want to plant seeds in the spring, put Baby Blue Eyes in a shady, cool, ventilated place with bright light in the late spring and early summer when the weather is getting hot, and water them carefully to avoid too much drought, so that you can see them bloom in the summer.

Baby blue eyes' ecological habits

Suitable temperature for germination: 20℃.

Growth temperature: 10-20℃.

Germinating days: 10-14 days

Good light seed

Sowing to flowering: about 13 weeks

In Taiwan flat land, due to the hot summer climate, the growth trend is poor, so that the Baby blue eyes bloom will be affected. Autumn is the best sowing period, the next year in spring flowering, germination temperature is about 15 to 22℃, the growth temperature is 5 to 28℃, more suitable for cold weather for planting. If you want to plant seeds in the spring, put Baby Blue Eyes in a shady, cool, ventilated place with bright light in the late spring and early summer when the weather is getting hot, and water them carefully to avoid too much drought, so that you can see them bloom in the summer.

How to grow and care for baby blue eyes

The sun

It is necessary to make the Orchid plant can accept part of the light, especially before and after the flowering period, the appropriate light can make the Baby blue eyes bloom, so that the flowers open gorgeous and lasting, generally should be placed in the room with scattered light, do not let the direct sunlight.

Baby blue eyes are mostly attached to the branches of tall trees in the tropical rain forest under natural conditions. Avoid direct sunlight, otherwise it will burn large areas of leaves, but also not tolerant to indoor overshade, will lead to slow growth and is not conducive to nutrient storage and flowering. The best can be put in the north east of the balcony or windowsill, so that it receives the scattered light, the growth is strong and less disease.

The temperature

The first thing to do in raising Baby Blue Eyes is to ensure the temperature. Baby Blue Eyes likes high temperature and high humidity environments. The minimum temperature during the growth period should be kept above 15℃. The suitable growth temperature of Baby Blue Eyes is 16℃ to 30℃. At the start of autumn and winter and winter when the temperature is low, attention should be paid to the warming. Generally, there is heating equipment in the room in winter, the temperature is not difficult to achieve, but pay attention to, do not put the flowers directly on the radiator or too close to it. When the temperature is high in summer, it is necessary to cool down and pay attention to ventilation. If the temperature is higher than 32℃, Baby Blue Eyes will usually enter a semi-dormant state, so continuous high temperature should be avoided. The flowering period is around the Spring Festival, the appropriate temperature can extend the viewing time, flowering night temperature is best controlled between 13℃ to 16℃, but not lower than 13℃.

Moisture

Baby Blue Eyes is not drought-tolerant, and also afraid of wet and waterlogging due to its aerial nature. Keep the material wet can summer high temperature period, can use spray water cooling humidifying (not leaves heart leave the water easy to rotten heart) can also be beside the pot with a wet towel humidifying, but must pay attention to: the root cannot be too wet for a long time, especially surrounded by liquid water for a long time to decay, such as the daily amount of water in the summer to air-dry as well, between between wet and dry it will greatly reduce the incidence of root rot and diseases. Water less in winter only to keep the material slightly wet.

Fertilization

Baby Blue Eyes fertilizing principle is to apply thin fertilizer frequently and avoid too much concentrated fertilizer by all means. Concentration of fertilizer packaging instructions on the nominal concentration dilution of about 1 times the appropriate. That's around 1500 to 2000 times. Baby Blue Eyes special fertilizer is also available. Nitrogen and potassium fertilizer should be applied in the growing period and phosphate and potassium fertilizer should be applied in the flowering period. Apply once a week or twice a month. Flowering dormant period does not fertilize, but should pay attention to the appropriate supplement fertilizer in the early and late flowering.

Ventilation

The normal growth of Baby blue eyes requires fresh air to flow, so the ventilation of the domestic Baby blue eyes must be good, especially in the high humidity period in summer. Good ventilation must be used to prevent heat stroke and also to avoid the infection of diseases and pests.

Baby Blue Eyes

Nutrition

Baby Blue Eyes fertilizes throughout the year and should not stop fertilizing unless low temperatures persist for a long time.Winter is the flower bud differentiation period of Baby blue eyes. Stop fertilizing can easily lead to no flowers or less flowers. During spring and summer, you can live for a long time. Apply thin liquid fertilizer every 7 to 10 days. Organic fertilizer should be used, or special nutrient solutions for Baby Blue Eyes can be applied. In summer, when leaves are long (i.e. after the flowering period), nitrogen and potash fertilizer can be applied. Autumn and winter flower stem growth period can be used phosphate fertilizer, but too thin, about every 2 weeks to 3 weeks of application. Fertilization time in the afternoon after watering, several times after fertilization, to use a lot of water rinse orchid pot and orchid plant, so as not to residual inorganic salts harm the root.

Watering

Baby Blue Eyes should be cultivated and maintained in a ventilated and high humidity environment. Baby Blue Eyes suitable for growth air humidity is 60-0%. Baby blue eyes new root elongation flourishing period to water more, less water after flowering dormant period. Spring and autumn season every day before and after 5 PM watering once, the summer plant growth is exuberant, every day at 9 am and 5 PM each watering water, winter light is weak, temperature is low, every other week watering is enough, appropriate before 10 am.In case of cold wave, it is not suitable to water, keep dry, and resume watering after the cold wave. The principle of watering is to see dry see wet, when the surface of the cultivation substrate becomes dry and then pour a permeable, water temperature should be close to room temperature. When the indoor air is dry, the sprayer can be used directly to the foliar spray, see the foliar moisture can be, but note that the flowering spray can not spray the water mist on the flowers. Tap water should be stored for at least 72 hours before watering.

The way baby blue eyes propagates

Baby Blue Eyes can be propagated by sowing and cutting. Because of the small seeds, to sow evenly, the seeds should be mixed with sand, spread in the open seedbed, germinate neatly, seedlings often appear too crowded. Timely thinning and transplantation are required.After a transplant, it was planted in the garden. Small seedlings can also be on the basin, gradually turn to 9 inch basin. Cuttage propagation is generally carried out in winter and spring. Baby Blue Eyes cuttage is easy to root and is carried out by conventional methods.

Disease prevention and control of baby blue eyes

Baby Blue Eyes common viral diseases are leaf spot disease and root rot disease anthrax, usually available pesticide chlorothalonil (this drug prevention effect is good bacteria resistance is low, but has no therapeutic effect on the sick plants.Coronaviral and its upgrade product daconil preparation effect is better,) or methyl tobutazine (this drug can prevent and treat but the bacteria is easy to develop resistance can not be used for a long time) 1000-1500 times of prevention and treatment, every seven or eight days, spraying 1 times, spraying 3 times. These liquid leaves with a white trace, but do not have to erase, in order to continue to play a bactericidal role.

The distribution area of baby blue eyes

Baby Blue Eyes is mainly distributed in Taiwan, Japan and other places abroad.

Function of baby blue eyes

Ornamental value

The edge of the white wheel, the design and color of the special can be said to be the right.Suitable for pot, flower bed planting.

In Japan, Baby Blue Eyes is no stranger to the Japanese people, and is widely planted by the local people. It is a very good pot plant in terms of color, flower type and plant type.

Dried flowers

Baby blue eyes flower material is to lose no time to collect, generally at 9 to 11 is better, the Baby blue eyes should be immediately processed, or placed in the shade, in order to keep fresh state.

Baby Blue Eyes