Written by Maggie
Jan 05 2021
Have you ever seen a plant with strange flowers? The Mimulus hybridus can be counted as one of them. Its flower looks very much like the face of a kind of animal. Yes, of course, it is a little monkey. With its unique characteristics, many of us want to grow it. How to grow and care for Mimulus hybridus. Let's read with questions.
The seeds of mimulus hybridus are small, suitable for flat plate or hole plate seedlings, seeds should not be covered with soil, greenhouse cultivation usually autumn sowing. 2~3 true leaves should be transplanted once, and the seedlings should be about 10 cm high in the flowerpot or 25 cm apart in the flowerbed. Water and fertilize the soil frequently during the maintenance period to keep the soil moist and fertile. It is advisable to pick the heart and promote the branches, branches can be in succession and constantly blossom, flowering period up to 3~4 months. It is suitable for overwintering at 10℃ and can withstand a low temperature of 2℃. In northern winter, yangqi can be used for wintering. If you winter in a greenhouse, you can bloom early. Flowering spring and summer or autumn, colorful, lush flowers, plants close, suitable for Flower bed planting or potted flowers for landscape layout, lively, good ornamental effect.
Up the plate, the first in the pelvic floor in a 2 ~ 2 cm thick or coarse grained matrix ceramsite as a filter layer, cover it with full of rotten organic fertilizer as basal, thickness of about 1 ~ 2 cm, then cover with a layer of substrate, about 1 ~ 2 cm thick, and then into the plant, to separate the fertilizer from the root, avoid burning roots.
After finishing the pot, pour water into it once, and put it in a shade environment for maintenance for a week.
When transplanting the seedlings, dig the planting holes first and sprinkle a layer of organic fertilizer at the bottom of the planting holes as base fertilizer (base fertilizer) with a thickness of about 4 ~ 6cm. Then cover with a layer of soil and add the seedlings to separate the fertilizer from the roots and avoid burning roots.
After placing the seedlings, backfill the soil to cover the root system, trample the soil with your feet and water it through once.
Mimulus hybridus prefers dry air environments, overcast and rainy too long, susceptible to infection. Mimulus Hybridus is afraid of rain, keeping the leaves dry at night. The optimum air relative humidity is 40 ~ 65%.
Mimulus hybridus likes cold climate, afraid of heat, summer difficulty, not resistant to frost and cold. When the temperature falls below 10 ℃, it will enter dormancy. The optimum growth temperature is 15 ~ 28℃.
In late autumn, winter and early spring, due to the temperature not being very high, it should be given direct sunlight, in order to facilitate its photosynthesis and the formation of flower buds, flowers, and fruit. In hot weather or summer, it needs to be shielded from about 50% of the sun's rays.
After flowering, put in indoor maintenance and appreciation, want to be put in the vicinity of the southeast to door window, in order to prolong flowering period as far as possible and increase the number of flowering.
There are few requirements for fertilizer and water, and they are also afraid of random fertilization, concentrated fertilization and partial application of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizer. The fertilization (water) principle of "frequent application of light fertilizer, less amount and more times, and complete nutrition" should be followed:
Spring and autumn
These two seasons is its growth season, water management, in accordance with the "flower", "flower" - water - "flower", "flower", the order of the water cycle (at the very least to ensure that the "flower" twice a week), interval period is about: outdoor maintenance of 1 ~ 4 days, sunny days or high temperature during every cycle short, rainy day or during the low temperature cycle longer insulation or not watering; 2 ~ 6 days for indoor maintenance, short intervals during sunny days or high temperature, longer intervals or no watering during cloudy days or low temperature.
In the summer
It is the season that grows slowly, and we can control fertilizer to control water appropriately. Water management in accordance with the "flower" - water - water - the order of the "flower" - water - the water cycle, interval period is about: outdoor maintenance of 1 ~ 4 days, sunny days or high temperature during every cycle short, rainy day or during the low temperature cycle longer insulation or not watering; 2 ~ 6 days for indoor maintenance, short intervals during sunny days or high temperature, longer intervals or no watering during cloudy days or low temperature. Water in the morning or evening, when the temperature is low, and spray the plants often. Try to schedule watering time in the morning when the temperature is low.
In the winter
In the winter hibernating period, it is mainly to control fertilizer and water. Try to schedule the watering time for sunny noon when the temperature is high.
The propagation of Mimulus hybridus is mainly based on sowing, which can be done in spring or autumn, and can also be done by plant propagation. The newly divided small plants need to be rooted and disinfected. After being placed in the basin, they need to be watered once, and then preserved in a shaded environment.
The common diseases of Mimulus hybridus are leaf spot disease and powdery mildew, insect pests are aphids harm. When Mimulus hybridus outbreak of disease and insect pests, we need to take timely measures, the use of insecticides for spraying.
Generally in order to better appreciate flowers, indoor growing needs to be placed in the southeast near the door and window, to extend the flowering period, increase the number of flowering. It can also be plucked to promote branching and flowering.