Advice on the cultivation of Nigella Damascena

Generalities of Nigella Damascena

Originally from central-southern Europe and also known by the name of Damigella or Maidenthe Nigella Damascena it is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Ranunculaceae family, which is grown both in pots and in the ground.

Featuring a flowering very elegant and prolonged, with pretty dal flowers azure blue colorthe plant is generally about 50 cm tall and has a tap root together with erect stems streaked with an intense green.

The leaves of Nigella Damascena, on the other hand, they form a sort of envelope of bracts near the flower and are more numerous in the lower part of the stem.

Flowering of Nigella Damascena

I fioriwhich give the plant a high ornamental value, grow isolated on the top of the stems and are usually light blue and blue, but also white or lilac.

Equipped with a calyx about 3 cm wide, the buds have numerous stamens protruding from the corolla.

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In addition to the splendid flowers, which bloom between spring and summer, the Nigella Plant it also produces fruits, which appear as capsules that contain black seeds, which can be harvested when the capsules are fully ripe.

Cultivation of Nigella Damascena

Nigella Damascena is an easy plant to grow and which is well suited to any type of environment.

L’exposure the best is undoubtedly in a bright and sunny area, sheltered from both the wind and the cold. The ground ideal for the plant, on the other hand, it must be rich in organic matter and at the same time loose and well drained.

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The irrigations they must be regular during the growing season and in the hot season, when the soil is completely dry, taking care not to create dangerous water stagnations, while in the other months of the year the plant can tolerate even short periods of drought.

Multiplication of Nigella Damascena

The plant propagates by semeinside a protected seedbed, generally in the month of February, while planting must take place in April.

The seeds of Nigella flower they must be placed in small holes, about 1 cm deep, trying to maintain a distance of 15-20 cm between future seedlings.

If you want to get many seedlings, you can sow 2 or 3 seeds in each hole.
The new plants, once grown, can be transplanted trying to handle them delicately, to avoid damaging the roots.

Care of Nigella Damascena

To ensure optimal growth and good plant health, it is necessary to carry out the pruning of the stems that carry the capsules with the seeds, since the ripening of the seeds themselves can remove vital energy from the plant, while the withered flowers must be eliminated regularly.

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Furthermore, both on the balcony and in the garden, it is recommended to protect the Nigella Damascena from frosts, while the fertilizationto be avoided during the summer months, must be done with granular fertilizer in the rest of the year.

Diseases of Nigella Damascena

Nigella Damascena is not subject to particular pathologies but can be attacked by black aphidsparasites capable of completely damaging the flowers of the plant.

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To protect the Nigella from these attacks, it is advisable to administer specific pesticides before flowering, or, if you prefer natural remedies, nettle or garlic-based pesticides, which can also be easily prepared at home.

Nigella Damascena in the language of flowers

With its delicate and pale colored flowers, the Nigella Damascena in the language of flowers it is a symbol of delicacy but also of perplexity.

Uses of Nigella Damascena

Unlike the Nigella Sativa which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is used in phytotherapy, Nigella Damascena is used only for compositions for decorative purposes.

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Its flowers, in fact, are useful for creations with cut flowers inside the pots, while the seeds can beautify dried flower arrangements.

To be used at their best, the seeds, once dried, must be taken from the stems, turned upside down and kept for a while in a warm and airy place.

Purchase Nigella Damascena

The adult plants of Nigella Damascena can be purchased, together with the seeds, from nurseries and specialized farms.

The seed of the plant is also available online in a vast assortment. On the virtual emporium of Amazonfor example, there is a wide choice of Nigella Damascena seeds at very affordable prices.

The seeds, in packs of 500, a haloppe brand they have a high germination and survival rate, guaranteeing rapid growth and considerable resistance to all atmospheric agents.

The seeds are suitable for the cultivation of Nigella Damascena in the garden, on the terrace and in flower beds and ensure the birth of beautiful and brightly colored flowers even for those who are not gardening experts. Purchasable at price of 1.99 euros.

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