Violet Isolde appeared at the beginning of the twentieth century, after which its popularity began to gradually increase. Initially, cultivation of this variety was considered very difficult and tedious, as it is very demanding to care for and requires a lot of attention. To avoid all possible difficulties, the breeders decided to slightly change the variety for the better, and after a lot of work, the variety became easier to grow.
Violet Isolde: description of the variety and characteristics
Violet Isolde: photo
The breeder who bred this variety is Elena Lebetskaya.
The violet of this variety has a variegated rosette and small villi on the buds. Most of the subspecies are pink in color, but there are subspecies with a different shade. For example, there may be a lilac or blue color. Violet belongs to the Variegated family, this family is distinguished by its slow growth, but despite this, Isolde is developing rapidly and actively growing. In the process of formation, the rosettes become even and neat, the leaves are on the bushes in a rather small amount, very often each leaf twists a little closer to the edge.
This variety has an excellent trait, it is expressed in resistance to cool temperatures. Violets of other varieties usually have a standard oval rosette, while this variety has a round rosette. Interestingly, when the plant goes into active growth, the leaves darken and become emerald in color.
Sometimes the color is uneven and various patterns are present. For example, there is often a white border around the edges of the petals. Sometimes you may notice white spots in the form of small streaks. The edges of the petals strongly resemble crepe paper, as they are slightly wrinkled.
Each flower is very large in volume, usually about 6 centimeters. Such dimensions can only be achieved with proper plant care. With poor care, the plant will not only look bad, but also bloom in small buds. The flowering process lasts quite long about 2-3 months.
There is a variety of Isolde, which has azure-colored buds. They often also have a white border. This variety is quite large in diameter, about 6-7 centimeters. This type of violet has a large number of leaves that are located throughout the bush, forming a ball.
Violet Isolde: growing
Violet Isolde: photo
Before growing the Isolde violet, you need to properly take care of the lighting, temperature, and decent care. With all these components, the plant will bloom beautifully, and delight the gardener with its appearance.
After planting, you need to inspect the plant often enough to avoid diseases, and the inspection will help to identify problems with care or their absence.
The amount of light.
Since the violet of the LE Isolde variety is very fond of light, it is necessary to place the flower pot in a place where there is good lighting. The only lighting that affects the plant negatively is direct sunlight. Such light burns plants and leaves burns that are difficult to heal and most often the result of direct rays is the death of the flower.
Usually, the lighting is not very good in winter, so plants or fluorescent lamps are installed at home, which are very good lighting for Isolde. Experts recommend turning the plant over with different sides to the lamps so that the plant develops equally. Usually the pot is turned over once every 7 days.
If the flower pot is on the windowsill, then it must be placed so that the leaves of the plant do not come into contact with the window glass.
For the violet Isolde, about 14 hours of sunshine a day will be enough. With this kind of lighting, the plant will bloom for a whole year. It is believed that such a plant needs more light, about 18 hours, but it is believed that it is erroneous.
The amount of moisture in the air.
Violet of the Isolde variety needs high humidity, if it is lowered, then the flowering process will not begin. For the plant, 55% of the moisture in the air will be enough, but such humidity is difficult to achieve during the winter period, when the heating season is in the apartments. But for such a situation, there are many options to increase the importance.
- The first method is very common and is very often used by gardeners. To increase moisture, they plant the plant together, as if grouping them. But the best way is to fill the pots with pebbles and water. At the same time, the condition of the stones must be monitored, they must always be wet.
- The next method involves using an earthen pot. It is in it that the plant is planted, and the clay, in turn, retains moisture inside and does not allow it to evaporate.
Note: For best effect, regular spraying can be done.
Watering is very important in the care of the Isolde violet. Since she loves high humidity and a large amount of water, watering should be carried out regularly. With good watering, the violet always remains healthy. The most popular watering method is to fill a saucer or plate with water and place the pot on top of that plate. The plant is left on a saucer for 40 minutes, during which the plant absorbs the required amount of water.
Do not forget about caring for the leaves of the plant, they must be wiped off from dust, which clogs the stomata on the leaves. Getting rid of dust is a kind of prevention for the plant, which reduces the percentage of diseases or pests on the violet.
Note: After watering, the violet Isolde should be in a dark place for 1 hour. During this period, the soil has time to dry out, and the sun's rays do not damage the root system.
With the growth of the LE Isolde violet, all the trace elements that are in the soil are washed out, therefore, fertilizing must be applied quite often. Due to the lack of mineral and nutrients, the violet begins to fade and lose its appearance.
Usually, fertilizer is applied to the soil, which contains phosphorus or nitrogen. Complex fertilizers in various forms are also often used, which contain many necessary substances.
Before planting violets of the LE Isolde variety, you need to take care of the soil that will participate in the planting of Isolde. The soil can be purchased at a specialty store or nursery that grows various varieties of plants. In such establishments, the soil is already fertilized and ready for planting. You can prepare the soil yourself. This will require a light, humus-rich drainage mixture, which is poured onto the bottom of the pot and serves as a drainage system for the violets. You also need to add a small amount of complex fertilizer to the soil in order to saturate it with nutrients for the first time.
Due to the fact that the Isolde violet develops rapidly at first, it is recommended to plant in a pot larger than its root system. This will allow the plant to be less disturbed by transplants in the future. But, and huge pots are not suitable for growing, since the roots will try to fill the entire pot, thereby thinning.
Violet Isolde: reproduction
Violet Isolde: photo
The simplest and most popular way to propagate Isolde violets is to use leaves or flower stalks.For propagation, the grower will need strong leaves or peduncles, small plastic pots, perlite, vermiculite, soil, knife and rubbing alcohol. The breeding process is quite simple, but it is better to follow it strictly point by point.
- First, you need to prepare the environment for food. For this, vermiculite and perlite are used. They create a breathable soil that perfectly retains and absorbs moisture.
- When choosing sheets, you must carefully examine the leaves and select those that are in the middle of the plant. Dry or too young leaves are not suitable for reproduction.
- For cutting, you need to use a sharp knife, which will cut the desired leaf or peduncle evenly and smoothly. After each section, the sections must be disinfected using alcohol.
- After the sheets are selected, they need to be prepared. Preparation consists in cutting off the stem, leaving about 0.8 centimeters in length.
- Then you need to take a pencil and make a hole in the soil to plant a leaf there. After the leaf is planted, it needs to be watered a little.
- Then the pot is covered with polyethylene and left in a dark room for several days. But don't forget about daily watering.
- After 60 days, small balls will appear, which will begin to appear on the ground. As they grow, they will develop into a new stem and leaf. After more than 5 leaves appear, the plant must be dived.
How to treat diseases of the violet variety LE Isolde
Violet Isolde: video
Violet Isolde is a very painful plant due to its weak immune system. To prevent various diseases, you need to take good care of the flower. But if, nevertheless, the violet LE Isolde fell ill or was attacked by a pest, you just need to rinse the bush with warm water and treat it with fungicides or Bordeaux liquid.