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Saxifrage Burseriana – necessary conditions for it’s growth and what care should be taken

Saxifraga is an incredibly large and diverse genus, encompassing around 480 species of alpine or woodland plants. They are generally small, made up of rosettes of green leaves, but can vary in habit from compact cushions to plants that become wide-spreading mats or that are tall and leafy-stemmed. They produce flowers in spring and early summer.

Characteristics of Saxifrage Burseriana

– Saxifrage is usually associated with spring and early summer but there is one – Saxifraga burseriana – that is so early it is almost winter-flowering.
– It is also one of the most beautiful of this huge family that is native to mountains and hillsides.
– The Saxifraga burseriana is small in size.
– Saxifraga burseriana is described as “the loveliest of the Kabschias, forming a mat a foot across, dense with thick and spiny glaucous-blue leaves, from which arise in February and March red stems of an inch or two, bearing each a single enormous pure-white flower, wide open, solid and splendid”.
– S. burseriana blooms in the early spring a single cup shaped white flowers to 1/2 inch across, which open on short red stems.
– The narrowly lance shaped gray-green leaves are pointed with firm rosettes to 1/2 inch long.

Necessary conditions

– It grows in moderately fertile, very well drained soil.
– Plant saxifrage in full sun in well-drained soil.
– Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
– Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers.
– Set the plants 9 to 12 inches apart.
– Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
– Water well until soil is completely moist.

Watering Saxifraga burseriana

Perennial plants are subject to some months of vegetational rest. During these months it isn’t necessary to water them. Water rarely, about once every 1-2 weeks with 2-3 glasses of water , keeping the soil dry for a few days before watering again.

Caring Saxifrage Burseriana

– Deadhead (cut off old flower stems) using bypass pruners to neaten the plant.
– Apply a light application of organic fertilizer on top of the soil in early spring; follow package directions.
– Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost in spring.
– Water well weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall.

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