Tropical annual tubergia, appealing to both small flowers with black hearts and large leaves that cover long stems, is often used to decorate walls, pipes, fences, and also to grow in hanging pots. Long flowering (from mid-summer to September) and a variety of colors are the main reasons for the frequent purchase of tunbergia for the garden and loggia.
Winged Tunbergia: Cultivation from Seeds
To grow tunbergia from seeds, it is enough just to know the general sowing algorithm for seedlings, since it is impossible to plant this plant directly into open ground: it is too heat-loving, and even the southern regions do not meet its requirements in spring. At the same time, sowing must be early, not later than the end of February, for the flowering to occur on time. Therefore, the cultivation of tunbergia from seeds necessarily occurs through the stage of home seedlings and is accompanied by several preparatory moments.
- First, the seeds must be processed in Epinay in order to stimulate their growth: the tubergia is distinguished by very slow germination, which is why such a long time is given to the plant from the date of sowing to the beginning of flowering.
- Secondly, practicing gardeners recommend using peat cups or pills, which will also affect the development of the root system and the growth rate of seedlings. At the same time, sowing in organic material will simplify further transplantation, and even reduce the need for active fertilization with seedlings.
Substrate for growing tunbergia from seeds is made by mixing sand with leaf soil and a small amount of humus. The soil must be moistened if there is an excess of water, you should wait for its partial evaporation, and the seeds are individually laid down with a small depth (1-1.5 cm), while the distance between them is 3-5 cm. If the seeds were treated with a growth stimulator , germination will be 95%, so it is better to immediately create a distance between seedlings, rather than subsequently thinning them.
The container with the seedlings of tunbergia must be transferred to a warm (not lower than 20 degrees) place, and the seed germination rate will depend on the air temperature now. Some gardeners to speed up this process, first place the flower seeds in wet sawdust for 3-4 days, and only then planted in peat cups. When such actions are performed, shoots appear already on days 14-16, and if the air temperature drops below 20 degrees, a delay of up to 24-25 days is possible. Further cultivation of tunbergia from seeds depends on the specific type or variety of the flower.
Not all tropical plants are capricious and demanding to care, and tunbergia proves this actively. The plant has a fairly rare watering at the beginning of growing and more abundant - in hot weather, frequent pruning, especially in the spring for indoor specimens, as well as a support that will not allow the vine to run along the ground. And before the start of flowering, gardeners are advised to transplant bushes so that it turns out to be more intense.