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Plant and care for the lips


Flowers like butterflies and a beautiful color - that is what distinguishes the lips. Read here how the upholstery is planted and cared for.

Lips are robust & easy to care for

Lips (Mazus reptans) is an upholstery tree that has its origin in the Himalayas. The special feature: the inexpensive small perennial available from specialist dealers (for example from BALDUR-Garten) is usually available with violet-colored flowers (flowering time: May to June) that look like small butterflies. Beautiful, isn't it? During the rest of the year, however, the upholstery tree looked rather unassuming.

We will now explain in more detail how you can plant the mouth and how it is properly cared for.

The perfect location for the lips

The lips that grow about 5 to about 12 centimeters tall are among the extremely robust plants of our latitude, which is why you can plant them in a sunny or partially shaded location. Sometimes they even spread in the translucent shade, even though the mouth is not one of the shade plants. The absolutely easy-care mouth grows as a ground cover almost everywhere.

The perennial is particularly suitable for planting garden ponds or rock gardens, for example. Due to the low maintenance measures, lips are also suitable for planting graves and for planting balcony boxes.

The profusely flowering lips are also great as a natural border for beds. Simply plant the perennials one at a time, at a distance of about 20 centimeters. For a well-groomed border, you have to cut your lips every year in autumn. In spring, you can then make further minor corrections to the plants before flowering.

Plant the right mouth

It is always ideal to plant up to 5 small perennials at a distance of about 15 to 20 centimeters from each other. This way of planting allows the perennials to cover a larger area of ​​the soil as quickly as possible.

Spring and autumn are particularly suitable for planting. You can also use the perennials on not too hot summer days.

Caring for the right mouth

❃ casting:

The little mouth doesn't really need any explicit care. You should only water it well during long dry periods in summer.

❃ Fertilize:

In principle, fertilization is not necessary. However, in early spring or autumn you can easily add some compost around the plants. However, if you have planted the lips in an extremely nutrient-poor soil (reading tip: Determine garden soil - this is how it's done), you should give a little bit of complete fertilizer in spring.

❃ Multiply:

You can easily multiply the plants by dividing them: simply divide a part with whole roots from the top stock and reinsert it at a new location.