Malopa is a spectacular annual bush that inexperienced gardeners take for a laureate. In height, the plant can reach more than a meter, which allows it to be planted in almost any area without blocking it. Due to the fact that malopa tolerates cold, this bush will feel great in our area. Interestingly, Malopu in landscape design was used in ancient Greece to decorate gardens.
How to grow malopu from seed?
This annual plant is varied in its varieties, although there are only 3 species. One of the most popular varieties is Malopa trientate with a massive branched trunk, large funnel-shaped flowers and bright leaves. Growing malopu from seeds is quite simple and as it grows, it is possible to form beautiful hedges.
This plant, grown from seeds, will delight with its abundant flowering from mid-summer until the first frosts (November-December). Seeds malopy can be planted within 4 years, the bush prefers fertile and light soils that do not pass water. Although most gardeners do not pay any attention when planting malopy on the substrate.
Seeds malopy planted directly in open ground on a fairly lighted place in the middle of spring. Before planting, it is necessary to add complex mineral fertilizers to the substrate. In addition, before planting, you must mix the main land with sand and peat. With all the conditions for growing seeds, the first sprouts will appear after 14 days. If necessary, thin the seedlings, keeping a distance of at least 35 cm between them. When sprouting appears, you can begin basic care.
In the case when there is a long winter in the year and in April there is still snow, you can grow little from seeds at home. To do this, pour the fertile substrate into the container, plant the grains and slightly moisten the soil. To sprouts appear faster, create greenhouse conditions - cover the box with seeds with a film or glass. Just do not forget to air them from time to time. The first shoots will appear somewhere in a week and a half. If the seedlings sprout up too thickly in the drawers, spread the little ones in separate pots. When the snow melts, transplant the seedlings in open ground.
Malopa annual: planting and care
It is not difficult to care for a plant, it is enough to follow a few recommendations.
- Despite frost resistance, the Malopa flower prefers sunny and warm areas. This must be remembered when planting seeds.
- Since the plant tolerates cold well, you do not need to harbor malopa during frosts, but you can cover very young bushes when it is freezing.
- Malopa loves loose earth, so from time to time do not forget to loosen the soil and weed.
- This plant tolerates drought well, so if you suddenly forget to water it, do not worry, it will survive little. In hot and dry summer with no precipitation, watering should be abundant and regular. In the case when the summer was rainy, humidification can be reduced or completely stopped.
- Remember that Malopa prefers fertile soils, so do not forget to apply mineral fertilizers from time to time.
Sometimes this plant is affected by rust. You will notice it immediately - pronounced red spots on the leaves. If rust is found, it is necessary to remove the affected leaves. If the disease has spread throughout Malopa, the plant must be destroyed, and this place should not be used for planting for several years. Very rarely, the bushes are affected by powdery mildew and aphid, which can be treated with special preparations.
Malopa: photos of plants
Malopa is a beautiful plant, often used in landscape design. It differs in lush flowering that will help you to create noticeable motley accents on the flowerbeds. From Malopa you can get fragrant and lovely bouquets that fit well into the interior. For the plant to grow as effective as possible, provide him with the right conditions and the necessary care.