Blue Lily (Exacum affine)

Blue Lily (Exacum affine)

Description: Blue Lily is an interesting and rare plant in our country. She comes from the island of Socotra, where she was brought to Europe before the First World War. Although it looks a little bit like impatiens (especially the shape of the leaves), the waxflower belongs to the family gentian plants. Blue Lieschen has green, fleshy leaves and small, fragrant five-petalled flowers in white and dark blue. There are also varieties with filled flowers.

Care: Blue Lies has similar requirements to Impatiens. The spot should be bright, but without direct sunlight. The northern and northeastern windows are best suited. In the shade and cool, the flower can also stand on the balcony. Exposed to the burning sun, the plant is burned. We should always keep the soil moist. When the earth lands dry the leaves wilt and the flowers fall off. Usually after such a shock, the plant must be pruned. If we buy Blue Lies in early summer, additional fertilization is not required unless we find that the substrate is poor. In this case, we use a smaller fertilizer dose (less than half the manufacturer’s recommended amount). The plant is sensitive to excessive salinity of the soil. It is not worth hibernating over blue Lieschen, because it is an annual plant in our climate.

Propagation: Rarely performed in local conditions. In the production greenhouse, blue Lieschen or seed is propagated directly into the soil. The seeds are not covered with soil. Soil temperature should be around 18 degrees.

Diseases and pests: None.

Phot. Danny S., Published under license CC-BY-SA-3.0, Source: Wikimedia Commons.