Growing a Cleome Flower - Champagne Spray on Your Flower Bed

Growing a Cleome Flower - Champagne Spray on Your Flower Bed

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Cleoma is a beautiful garden flower that will help to decorate any corner of your site with its delicate and sophisticated look. The flowering of Cleoma delights in its appearance, similar to a burst of champagne, and stately greens can surprise the most demanding grower. Today we will talk in detail about how to grow glue in our garden, how to provide the plant with proper care and protect it from the cold winter.

Cleomes is a fairly hardy and undemanding plant that tolerates abrupt changes in climate and temperature. It is really an original decoration of the garden of the person who decided to give the kleome an opportunity to show himself and all his beauty.

Externally, this plant is an erect stem, the height of which reaches one and a half meters. Its upper part is decorated with an inflorescence, which is very similar to a centipede spider. The plant is very strong, grows well, is fairly stable in adverse weather events - wind, rain and more. Cleoma has a well-developed and powerful root system, which actively nourishes the plant with the necessary substances from the soil and strengthens it.

The leaves of kleoma are of two types - smaller in the upper part of the stem, and large in the middle and lower part. The leaves are placed on the stem in the next order, have a light green color, covered with small spines on the inside. At the base of the leaves there are small stipules that form hard spikes. That is why the plant got its second name - prickly cleoma.

The whole plant is covered with very small hairs, which have sticky glands in their structure that secrete juice. Due to this, there is an interesting aroma.

Cleomera flowers with a diverse, uneven color, which are collected in a racemose inflorescence of a small size, about 3-4 cm in diameter, look especially original and pretty. But, most often, the flowers, of which there are a lot of plants, are painted in yellow, purple, white, purple or pink. They also have a very pleasant aroma, which is famous for prickly cleoma.

A beautiful plant blooms from June to September. Immediately blossom the lower flowers of the inflorescence, then the upper ones. At this time, the inflorescence is extended.

Fruits of Cleoma - medium-length pod-shaped seed capsules with yellow or black seeds.

Cleoma in the garden

Growing Cleoma

We decided to tell you about the seed reproduction of Cleoma, as it is the simplest and most effective.

Cleoma seeds can be sown in open ground. This is best done in late November or early December. In this case, in early spring, the flower can already appear on the surface of the soil. If you decide to grow a plant with seedlings, then it is advisable to start planting it in a greenhouse in the spring, around the beginning of March.

Planting seeds

So, prepare the soil for the plant, it should consist of garden earth, humus and sand, in the proportions of 2: 2: 1. Special boxes are filled with this mixture for sowing, the surface is sprinkled with wood ash and the seeds are sown to a depth of about 1 cm.It is advisable to sprinkle the planting with compost, which will give a positive effect for seedlings, which usually appear on the surface after 2-3 weeks.

If you want to speed up and increase the germination of seeds, process them correctly before planting, soak in Agate or Epin (use the instructions on the package of the drug). Thus, you can provide the seeds with the opportunity to more persistently transfer some adverse conditions. After sowing seeds, place the boxes in a bright room and be sure to try to equip them with light for several hours a day. Regularly moisten the substrate and wait for seedlings.

Seedling care

After the seedlings expire, they need to be given a little time to get stronger and, when you see the first strong leaves on the plant, you can begin to dive seedlings. To do this, prepare separate disposable or peat glasses of small size, with a mixture of peat and humus. Since cleoma is bad for transplants, try not to lose an earthen lump during a dive, and also carefully deepen the plant to cotyledonous leaves. If you want to do everything right, then you can generally sow the seeds of cleoma immediately in special peat tablets, so the percentage of survival of seedlings will increase significantly.

The pick should be made in the early stages of germination, so the plant experiences it easier. After picking, the seedlings will develop quite quickly, even without the use of additional illumination. In 10-12 days after cleomy picking, you can slightly fertilize plants with mineral fertilizers, then carry out constant dressing every 2 weeks.

Watering seedlings

After a good rooting of seedlings, it is recommended to water it very carefully and rarely, but at the same time it is plentiful, since cleoma grows well in dry-wet mode. To prevent possible diseases, which, when they appear, can quickly ruin the seedlings, it is advised to water it with a light solution of potassium permanganate.

Landing and care

For reasons of light and heat loving plants, glue is planted in open ground only at a time when night frosts have already receded. It is advisable to do this at the end of May, and choose a sunny and unshaded place for planting, with good soil and no stagnation of water.

Before planting, the soil should be prepared - make compost and two tablespoons of complex fertilizer for garden flowers per square meter. Planting scheme - 40x50 cm. Such a distance will give the Cleome the opportunity to grow and bloom magnificently, as well as avoid some diseases that arise due to excessive plant thickening. After planting, watering should be moderate, it is not worth watering the soil. As experts say: it is better to forget to water the glue than to water it twice.

It is worth raising the question about soil fertilization. It should be moderate and precisely fit the needs of the plant, otherwise the cleoma will bloom and grow poorly. Once every 14 days, water the plants with a solution of 2 tbsp. Fertika in a bucket of water. If the plant is already weakened or suffers from a lack of recharge, foliar top dressing can be carried out - spraying the cleoma with this solution from the spray gun.

Favorite flowers in the garden

Seed collection

When the flowering of kleoma ceases, seed bunches appear at the place of inflorescences, not following which you can unwittingly become the owner of the carpet glue. If the plantings on the site are measured and complement the landscape design, then collect the seeds from the boxes in time so that they do not arbitrarily get into the ground. From the collected seeds, you can sow seedlings for the next year and replenish the plantings of excellent flowers.

Types of Cleoma

Now there is no shortage in flower shops, and you can buy glue or its seeds very simply, but you should correctly focus on the plant varieties in order to understand which one is best suited for certain growing conditions and climate.

To date, we know the following varieties of glue:

  • Cleoma Champagne Spray, Hasler Cleom;
  • Cleoma is a colored fountain and Cleoma is white;
  • Cleoma Cherry Queen, as well as varieties “Violet Queen”, “Helen Cambell”, “Rosakonigin” and “Gigant Pink Queen”.


This plant is successfully used by landscape designers in flower beds and mixborders. Also, Cleoma originally looks in company with fragrant tobacco, Ibeirik, Lavater, but no less excellent and looks all alone. Due to the large growth of cleome, it can be used as a background of a flower garden and placed in the background, or can be used as a hedge among the stands of lower-growing plants.

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