How to grow and care for Sneezeweed plant



Sneezeweed plant is actually a flowering plant from the Asteraceae family. The Sneezeweed plant is native to North America and southern Canada. The plant usually grows in marshes, abandoned fields, fens, badly drained pastures, open moist woodlands, soggy thickets, moist wooded areas, as well as along ditches, ponds, and streams. 

Some of the common names of the plant are:

      1. Large-Flowered Sneezeweed

      2. Autumn Sneezeweed

      3. Sneezeweed

      4. Fall Sneezeweed


How to care for Sneezeweed plants
                            
The size and growth: The Sneezeweed plant is a perennial herb that grows around four feet high. The leaves of this plant are narrowly oval to lance-shaped and it has a few teeth. The stems of Sneezeweed plant are slightly hairy and it can grow as tall as five feet. The leaves are also produced on the plant’s stem alternatively.

The flowering & fragrance: All through late fall and summer, a lot of yellow 2’ inch in diameter daisy-like flowers are produced. The flowers really have a unique wedge shape and they are three-lobed at the tip. The flowers also have a dull yellow, dome-shaped, and prominent center risk.

The light and temperature: Sneezeweed plant loves the sun, and why the ideal growing location is in full sun. The flowers will start getting leggy if they do not get a minimum of 6 hours of full sun every day. Nevertheless, Sneezeweed plant tolerates partial shade, particularly if the conditions are dry. Sneezeweed plant also tolerates hot summers and humidity and they also requires sufficient spacing to prevent fungal diseases, such as mildew and rust, which really occur under high humidity.

The watering and feeding: The Sneezeweed plant prefers moderate moisture, however they needs more water in dry conditions. It is advisable to provide the Sneezeweed plant with an organic mulch of about two inches to conserve moisture and maintain ideal pH soil levels. Feed the Sneezeweed plants during the early spring growth period. Make sure you avoid feeding the plants with excess fertilizer or rich soils as this can results in fewer flowers and extensive foliar growth.

The soil and transplanting: Actually for the best optimal growth, The Sneezeweed plant needs moist soil. A lot of new hybrids tolerant drier soils. The Sneezeweed plant likes acidic soils, with pH levels of 5.5 to 7.0.

The plant maintenance: The Sneezeweed plants must be staked in other to prevent any potential flopping of the taller stems. You can pinch back new growth during the late spring in other to encourage a sturdier, shorter plant with floriferous growth of flowers. The Sneezeweed plant might also get ragged foliage before they start to bloom. It is really advisable to trim off the stems during early spring before the growth season.

How to propagate Sneezeweed plant: Sneezeweed plant can be propagated through seeds, it is also ideal to propagate by tip cuttings or divisions. Make sure it is done during the early spring. If you want to plant the seeds, it is advisable to sow the seeds during the spring and prick out the seedlings when they are large enough. You can place the seedlings in individual pots and keep them in the greenhouse for the first winter. During early summer you can start planting them in their permanent position. Also the basal cuttings should be taken during the spring season. Make sure you take the cuttings from the base of the plant and then put them in a frame during June and July. You can harvest them once they grow to about four to six inches tall.

Pest and disease control in Sneezeweed plant:  Sneezeweed plant does not face any serious disease or pest problems. Though, the foliage is really vulnerable to leaf spot, rust and powdery mildew.
The seeds, the flowers, and the leaves of the plant are said to be poisonous to humans if they are consumed in high quantity.

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