Thistles are not welcome in the gardens. At least not the wild ones. A real eye-catcher is the blue ball thistle. She is even welcome in the garden.A real eye-catcher: the blue ball thistle
Wild thistles grow like crazy and are often worse than dandelions. Since they are root germs, you can hardly get rid of them. They would have to tear out the entire root, otherwise they would come again and again. But there are also thistles that you can buy extra and put in the beds. However, this is not the ordinary common thistle that can be found on every meadow, but the ornamental thistle, also called blue ball thistle.
The blue ball thistle blooms in a beautiful blue in summer and extends its heads up to 120 centimeters depending on the variety. Because the ball thistle harmonizes with many bedding plants, it is particularly suitable for beds that have already been planted in the lower area. So it can shoot up and occupy the top area. You don't even have to do much for it. The blue ball thistle is extremely easy to care for.
How to plant the blue ball thistle properly
Location & soil:
If you want to get the blue ball thistle in the garden, you should know that ball thistles love the sun. So you can choose a full sun location in the garden. It is only important that the floor at this location is not too wet. Dry earth is better. The blue ball thistle also thrives very well on sandy and stony soils.
It is best to always plant the ball thistle in autumn, taking care to plant tall varieties in the background and low varieties in the foreground. It is also important that you install a rhizome barrier in the soil so that the plant cannot spread uncontrollably. Also keep a planting distance of about 50 cm.
After planting the ball thistles in the garden, it is only important that you water them a little for the first four weeks.
How to properly care for the blue ball thistle
Watering & fertilizing:
The ball thistle likes dry soil, but you still have to water it. Once a week is enough. Unless it is very dry outside, you can or should water more often.
When it comes to fertilizing, you don't have to do much with this plant. It is sufficient if you fertilize the ball thistles in spring. It is best to use full fertilizer.
You don't have to cut the blue ball thistle regularly. Only in late autumn are the stems cut off near the ground. If, on the other hand, you want to prevent the ball thistle from sowing itself, you have to cut off the faded inflorescences regularly.
The blue ball thistle is actually quite hardy. However, once you have planted them, it is advisable to protect them from the cold in winter. Simply cover the plants with a layer of brushwood. If the temperatures drop below -10 degrees in the following years, then cover them with a layer of brushwood.
This is how you can dry the ball thistle
Ball thistles look simply wonderful when dried. To do this, you must cut the inflorescences before opening them. Then tie it up and hang it upside down in a shady and airy place to dry.