Bacopa ampelous flower - white, blue, terry and spreading varieties

This plant was discovered in South Africa back in 1993. It is also called a suter. The bush blooms almost constantly from spring to October, flowering takes place in several steps, each of which has its own peak of abundance and a period of decreasing flowering. The plant is grown as ampelous or ground cover. This article explains how to choose the right plant variety and how to care for it.

Bacopa ampelnaya - types and varieties

Divided into aquatic and terrestrial species. The first ones are popular among people dealing with aquariums and rare species of fish, they are called Bacopa Monnier, there is also a special type of plant for aquariums - Bacopa Karolinska or Bacopa Monnieri (Bacopa Monnieri). Aquatic feels great in warm aquariums, in which the water temperature should not be lower than 25 degrees, it is also necessary to provide good lighting. Bacopa ampelous can also bloom in water. Reproduction of bacopa is vegetative or from seed.

What does a bush look like?

The terrestrial type of pimp has an interesting feature. Bacopa ampelous flower with proper care can bloom all year round. On it, at the base of each petal, buds appear for a start. When they grow to the right size, they all bloom at once. Within a few weeks, the plant is covered with white flowers. Then comes the time of slow wilting, new greens appear. This period lasts up to 25 days, during which time new buds are formed. And the sutera again begins to bloom profusely.

Note! Each new bloom will be stronger than the previous one.

What is Bacopa?

The plant, called sutera, went on sale in Russia relatively recently. It belongs to the plantain subspecies, the majority of which are aquatic plants. Sutera looks like a small bush covered with flowers with small petals. The plant is loved not only by people engaged in flowers, but also by various designers. It is constantly used to decorate flower beds, loggias and other things.

In nature, the bacopa plant grows in subtropical and tropical climates near lakes, canals and swamps. Its stems are rapidly crawling along the ground and growing in new terrain. Initially, the ampelous sutera was overgrown with only white flowers. But over time, scientists have developed different options: with a variety of flowers, large buds, terry species. It blooms well from early summer to late October. It calmly tolerates rains, flowers do not crumble and look beautiful.

To choose the right variety, you need to rely on the conditions in which the bacopa will grow. For example, the sutera with large or double buds is more capricious than the classic types. Therefore, to create vertical compositions, it is advisable to use unpretentious varieties, since such a sutera has long shoots, they will look good with ordinary flowers. Top dressing should be added only in spring or summer, sometimes in autumn.

Flowering bush

But, when it starts to get colder and the first frosts come, all top dressing ends. Apply the additive, alternating organic matter (bird droppings) and complete mineral fertilizer. The Bacopa supplement is purchased over the counter.

To make the plant lush, it is desirable to constantly pinch the tops of the stems.After pruning, the apical cuttings remain, from which, if desired, new shrubs can be grown. Pinching is required even after the lower part of the stems becomes lignified, and very few flowers grow on the bush. Therefore, the shoots are shortened by 1/4 of the length. This pruning is desirable in September.

Attention! It is necessary to remember about the processing of plants. If they are grown in conditions unsuitable for life, or if you do not give it the necessary care, then a fungus may appear on the plant and it will rot. If you notice a fungus on a bush in time, then its crown must be thinned out, and then pollinated with a fungicide solution. Several treatments are required within two weeks.

What does an annual bacopa look like?

Annual plants bloom from early spring to late autumn. They have very small and beautiful flowers, mostly white or blue. They require a lot of sun and light, it is advisable to sit in boxes.

Bacopa flowers

Bacopa petals and flowers are small, blue, white, pink. The plant will be of a creeping species, therefore, when its seedlings in open ground, in each node of the shoot, it forms roots when it touches the soil.

Sutera goes well with lobelia or petunia. The plant is grown by people who love beautiful compositions in hanging pots to create an original screen.

Note! Can be placed on the background of other colors to emphasize their brightness. But, like a single bush, sutera will conquer everyone with its beauty.

Many people use this plant to hide empty areas in the garden, a dense thin carpet is obtained. The sutera is spreading rapidly and with its help you can easily achieve a decorative look. If you add different trace elements to the top dressing, then the bush will be very bright.

Popular varieties of bacopa

A description of the main plant species is presented below.

Bacopa blue

This plant variety is used as an ampelous plant. Long creeping shoots are completely covered with blue or light lilac flowers. Flowering takes a long time.

Bacopa Blutopia

This is an annual plant with shoots up to half a meter. From the beginning of summer until the end of October, the bushes are covered with very small, beautiful blue flowers. They are used to decorate borders and gardens. Grows well in hanging pots. Loves a lot of lighting. If there is little sunlight, it stops blooming.

Double Lavender variety

Bacopa Scopia Double Lavender

The entire bush is covered with double light lilac flowers. The semicircular, creeping habit of this species is well suited for hanging pots, looks good both in solitary planting and in composition with other ampelous plants. Sutera are often planted by lovers of rare green compositions to create a screen. The garden can be planted as a background to highlight neighboring flowers. Blooms before winter.

Bacopa Vasilisa

The growing branches reach more than 0.7 m in length. It can grow in the shade or in bright light. Flowers of a bright light purple hue. They sit in flower beds, loggias and gardens. Looks very good in compositions with small roses, petunias, lilies and other flowers. The Pink Domino plant species is very similar to this variety.

Terry Bacopa

Terry sutera is liked by gardeners due to its voluminous foliage. The whole plant is covered with small flowers up to 2 cm in diameter, light pink in color with a small yellow spot in the middle.

Bacopa white

Stems are about 50 cm long, flowers are small, light. The variety is quite decorative due to the color of the leaves; they have a golden hue.

Bacopa Snowtopia

This plant is very easy to care for, but it looks very attractive, with small five-petalled white flowers. Stems up to 0.7 m long are covered with small round petals. At the top of bloom, the sutera bears a great resemblance to a lush ball. It is mainly used for single cultivation in vases and pots, as well as for creating different compositions with other flowers.

Note! It grows well in partial shade rather than bright light.

Bacopa Double Snowball

This variety has double and semi-double small flowers of very white color. The petals grow in two rows. The diameter of the bush is about 35 cm.

Sutera forms a dense shrub with long, dense branches. Looks good in hanging pots, balcony boxes.

Bacopa Sutera

It is also called Australian Bacopa. This bush is herbaceous, easy to care for, quickly curls and spreads. The branches of the flower can exceed 60 cm in length. Petals are small in size, growing in pairs on the branches. The color is marsh green.

Bacopa Gulliver

This plant curls very well, its height is up to 30 cm, the length of the lashes reaches 50 cm. The flowers are large, 2.5 cm in diameter, ordinary, white, densely strewn on the branches. They bloom fluffy in waves from early spring to mid-October. The leaves are small, greenish-olive. The plant likes abundant and frequent watering, especially if the summer is very hot and without rain.

Avalanche variety

After each watering, the soil needs to be loosened a little, but this must be done very carefully, since the plant has a superficial root system.

Note! Main application for gardens, curbs, planting in vases, baskets, hanging pots, planters.

Bacopa Snow Avalanche

This plant variety is very large and easy to care for with shoots over a meter long. The leaves are small. Large white buds are close together. The bush looks very beautiful in a hanging planter, because its branches are densely covered with flowers, which makes them look like snowdrifts. The plant blooms for 3-4 months in a row.

Bacopa Raphael

In a suter, drooping shoots more than 45 cm long are densely covered with small purple flowers, alternating with bright green leaves arranged in pairs. Excellent properties of the bush - long flowering (from late spring to late summer), the ability to self-purify from wilted flowers and resistance to heavy rain.

Spreading bacopa

This plant is the most widespread in the Russian market. It is highly valued for its beautiful cascade of constantly flowering shoots, the whole bush is sprinkled with flowers. This is the best plant for hanging pots and looks good when paired with other plants. Very easy to maintain, attractive enough for decorating houses in the summer. This variety is characterized by high resistance to bad weather conditions and various pests.

Bacopa is a versatile plant. Looks good both alone and with other colors. It is better to choose varieties that are less picky about care. When buying seeds, always read the growing instructions. There are certain types of plants for aquariums and gardens, such as the Bacopa Colorata or the Madagascar variety that grows well in warm water.