Rhodochiton is a beautiful perennial of the plantain family, to whom we owe a sultry Mexico. The plant is a decorative creeper, which blooms particularly effectively in spring, so amateur gardeners often plant it on their plots. Rodohiton decorate arches, gazebos, fences, balconies, greenhouses, patios and summer pots. To get this "green handsome", you need to know how to grow rodochiton from seeds.
Rodohiton: description of the plant with a photo
This unusual plant was brought from Mexico, despite this, it feels great in our climatic conditions. Those who have already grown rhodochiton on their site talk about its similarity with the Chinese lanterns. This gives landscape composition the charm and notes of the East. Liana grows up to 4 m in height, its long and fast-growing shoots cling to any supports that are in accessibility.
The bases of rhodochiton stems have a reddish tint. Some dark green leaves have a reddish edging. The leaves themselves are jagged, pointed, close to the shape of the heart. Rhodochiton flowers are tubular, five-petal, resembling bells and fragrant with a light scent. Shades of buds - from wine red to purple. Petals of a plant keep on rhodochitone even after completion of flowering.
In total there is 1 grade of this liana - rhodochiton "Purple rain" or rhodochiton winding "Purple bell" (the name varies depending on the seed producer), which can be cultivated at home.
Rhodochiton: the subtleties of growing from seed
Growing seeds from this plant does not provide labor, especially experienced gardeners. First of all, seeds are prepared - they are recommended to be stored in a dry and cool place before sowing. Then, select the required capacity and substrate, and then planted. Seed pots are covered with glass or polyethylene, under which the first shoots should appear within 10 days. Do not forget to water the seeds from time to time. To ensure germination, put pots with rhodochiton in a room with a temperature not lower than 15 degrees. If you get old seeds, germination can reach up to 40 days.
After the sprouts appear, remove the glass and place the pot in the lit place. When the seedlings are fully grown, they must be seated in separate containers and transferred to a cool room for 2 weeks. When the rhodochitons get used to the cool air, you can transplant them into the open ground in a sunny place. It is advised to do this not earlier than the end of spring, and the seeds themselves can be planted no later than March.
Rhodochidone can be easily grown from seed. You do not need to have special knowledge or skills. It is enough to plant the seed in pots with soil, warm them and leave to germinate. This creeper is great for decorative purposes. It beautifully and naturally bends around nearby buildings, forming a kind of green fence. If you decorate a gazebo with rhodochidon, you can not be afraid of the scorching sun and enjoy the light aroma of its bell-shaped flowers while relaxing in it.