I still remember the first time I read Zaluziantkya-trying to pronounce it in my mind before I dared to say it out loud. This is one of the words, once you master its pronunciation, you will like to say it over and over again like a two-year-old kid. At least, you will impress your friends. Za-loo-zee-ann-ski-ya.
Although Zaluzianskya may sound like Polish polka, it does have a connection with Poland because the genus is named in honor of the Polish botanist Adam Zaluziansky von Zalusian in the late 1500s, so I think the name may be more like a tongue twister.
Although this is not common, the factory does have a long history as a container factory in Europe. The genus is larger than people think. There are more than 50 species native to South Africa, but usually only 3 species are ornamental plants, one of which is Z. capensis which is the most popular.
Why do you want to grow small flowers with such a long name? There is only one reason-perfume. It doesn't look too much during the day, because in full sunlight, the 1/2-wide pure white flowers will close into maroon, round buds, but once night comes, everything changes. Like most plants that bloom at night, these tiny white star-shaped flowers are pollinated by night insects or moths. Zaluzianskya exudes a super sweet scent different from vanilla extract at sunset, refreshing the garden. Although it is not as strong as some garden writers say (for example, I have never found it strong enough to "drift over the garden"), but it is more like the first smell of a jar of plasticine.
Usually only one species of seed can be found, and only in a good seed catalog. Z. capensis does have a named variety called "Midnight Candy", but several other relatives are worth looking for, such as Z. vilosa or Z. ovata. They grow higher and may be useful for growers looking for different cut flowers. Good choice for evening weddings.
The plants themselves may be overgrown with weeds and are not visually more fascinating than weeds, but if planted in larger containers (this is the best way to enjoy them), such as 12-inch diameter flowers with 6 plants per pot
Pots, the show is effective enough to attract the attention of tourists, of course, once the perfume is launched at sunset, everything is related to this plant.
It is easy to grow from seeds and sow indoors as early as possible at least 8-10 weeks before the last frost. There is no need to worry because it is easy to transplant. Keep the light bright (you can under the light) to keep the seedlings strong. Pinch the plant is essential to stimulate the side branches. When the second pair of leaves begin to form, pinch out the growth points.
High fertility helps to create more lush growth and more flowers, so this is a place where a balanced liquid feed every two weeks will help in the final display, as it will promote dense growth and more flower buds.
As a native of South Africa, the soil mixture should drain well, whether on the bed or in a container. Choose a ventilated commercial mixture (ProMix HP -HighPorosity is excellent) or use semi-sand or 50% perlite and 25% sand for mixing. They are natives of the famous Namaqualand in South Africa, where many annual plants and tender greenhouse bulbs grow.
Like many plants in Namaqualand, periodic droughts sometimes occur, but the flowering season usually follows the rainy season. Many native plants in the Cape of South Africa have similar conditions. Most benefit from the brief drying between watering so that the roots can grow deeper and look for water like in the wild. If you forget to water during a heat wave, this is also a good insurance policy.
Zaluzianskya capensis ‘Midnight Candy’-the most common cultivar is an improvement of this variety because it has more abundant flowers.
Zaluzianskya ovata – a true perennial shrub, this is sometimes available at nurseries, but the flowers are not as fragrant as ‘Midnight Candy.’ Nurseries often grow it as the flowers remain open during the day, but its sticky foliage can smell strongly of a wet farm dog if touched.
Z. vilosa – Nearly as fragrant as Z. capensis, it has a more almond-like scent than vanilla, but also with the annoying wet-dog aromatic foliage. Just don’t touch the leaves!