Phacelia tansy - honey beauty
Phacelia is a plant with a melodic name, which has long been revered by flower growers and farmers, and among beekeepers it is the queen of the nectar ball. Among all types of phacelia, the most popular is the tansy phacelia, which is valued for its beautiful flowers with a thick honey aroma. The buds open at different times and each bloom for 2 days, as a result of which there are buds, and open flowers, and seeds on one inflorescence.
Phacelia tansy grows on any type of soil, including stony and loamy, because it is quite unpretentious, undemanding to soil fertility, cold-resistant, can withstand frosts up to minus 9 degrees. The plant is drought-resistant, however, does not tolerate excessive moisture; is not affected by diseases, pests bypass her side. The place prefers sunny, although shade-tolerant (grows well under tree crowns). Phacelia is one of the few plants that can produce a good harvest even in risky farming areas.
Sowing phacelia begins in early spring, ending in late autumn (before winter), in any free area. The seeding depth is 1.5–2 cm.
For abundant flowering of phacelia, give a complete mineral fertilizer 1-2 times. Weeding and loosening are only needed 2-3 weeks after sowing. Watering is necessary as the soil dries up.
Phacelia tansy, in addition to its decorative qualities, has many other advantages - it is a rather valuable melliferous, fodder, green manure culture. Its flowers are rich in nectar, and honey from this plant is valued along with linden.