Dog tooth? What a strange name for a plant, isn't it? Read here why it is called and how you can plant and care for your dog's tooth.Delicate lily family: the dog's tooth
The filigree blooming dog tooth is one of the lily plants and is ideal for cultivation in partial shade, also under trees and larger shrubs. Its almost fragile blooms in rose, yellow and white, but also intense violet, quickly draw everyone's attention. The flowering period extends mainly from April to May, sometimes beginning in March.
But why is this plant called so funny? Quite simply: The dog's tooth got its somewhat unusual name because of its onion shape, which is extremely similar to that of dogs. Here is all the information on how to properly plant and care for the dog's tooth.
Plant dog tooth
The hardy dog tooth loves the humus-rich, moist, extremely nutrient-rich forest floor, which is why it is also one of the forest flowers. You can also easily plant this plant in the immediate vicinity of the heavily overgrown ivy. You can also use the dog's tooth in the lawn, e.g. inside a so-called flower meadow.
In general, you should already put the bulbs of the dog's tooth in the ground about 5 to 7 centimeters deep in autumn (distance about 5 centimeters), so that in the coming spring the first small perennials with their beautiful flowers can draw attention to themselves. It is usually sufficient if you only plant the dog's tooth once on site, because it then reproduces automatically via seed formation and daughter onions. In principle, however, transplanting individual perennials or onions to a different location can always take place in autumn.
Caring for dog teeth properly
Unfortunately, the extremely robust dog tooth, which grows up to 15 centimeters high, is relatively little known in our gardens, although it is one of the extremely easy-care plants in garden cultivation. Only the following maintenance measures are necessary:
The dog's tooth only needs a permanently even, humus-rich soil, which is why you should water it on warm summer days in the morning and in the evening if necessary. If the dog's tooth dries out, it stops blooming and can even dry up completely.
Furthermore, it is completely sufficient if you supply the dog's tooth with fresh compost in autumn. Additional fertilization is usually no longer necessary.
➤ Mulch the floor:
It is also ideal to cover the floor around the dog's tooth with mulch. This stores moisture and additionally supplies the plant with valuable nutrients.