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Many people are looking for the following information about the ampelous lobelia plant: planting and care, photo. Previously, only experienced gardeners decided to take up the cultivation of this plant, but now it has become available for beginners thanks to a large amount of information about the features of caring for this flower. A wide range of auxiliary materials for gardening, presented in specialized stores, greatly facilitates the care of plants.
Ampelic lobelia characteristic
Ampelia lobelia was brought to Russia from Central America, where it is a perennial plant, but due to the severity of our winters, it is cultivated as an annual plant. The definition of ampelous indicates that its stem is not able to hold on its own, but requires a support structure or is designed to hang from a flowerpot or planter. Such plants are mainly used for decorating a garden plot, garden paths, like a flower border of a lawn, or for decorating the walls of a gazebo, veranda, garden houses, where plants are hung in a cache-pot.
They differ in brightness and variety of colors. In addition, they form very lush small spherical bushes that look great. But these plants require a lot of attention, love and patience.
If you set a goal to grow lobelia on your site, then in order to achieve positive results in the first year, it is advisable to invite or hire, if the means allow, a knowledgeable person who would teach you how to breed lobelia and care for it.
Reading books and magazines on floriculture is very good in itself, but it’s hard to overestimate the lively step-by-step guide in the difficult task of cultivating this fastidious plant.
Growing lobelia from seeds: secrets and subtleties
Among floriculturists, it is not customary to buy seedlings; cultivating one's own is the top of skill, especially when it comes to fastidious plants, which include lobelia.
The first thing you need is to purchase seeds. Seeds are:
- Prepared (pelleted) in granules, they are well planted directly in peat tablets, avoiding unnecessary picks. In addition, a special composition is included in the granules, which helps the seeds to germinate faster.
- Untrained those. loose, of which there are a lot in the package, sowing such seeds is very laborious, does not guarantee the quality of seedlings, and further transshipment (picking) into separate pots is required.
Based on the fact that lobelia is a plant that grows very poorly, the seeds are planted in February for cultivation in the southern zone, for example, in the Southern Federal District or in March for cultivation somewhere to the north, where the summer season begins a little later. Sprouted seedlings require additional lighting (illumination), otherwise it may die.
Lobelia ampelous: planting seeds
Lobelia is planted with loose seeds in a common capacity in prepared, well-loosened soil, it can be prepared by yourself or bought ready-made in a specialized store, but before planting seeds, the soil needs to be slightly tamped from above.
To simplify the work when planting seeds using snow.
The seeds are carefully scattered on the snow, then with a sharpened stick they take small grains of snow and place them on the soil surface, after the snow melts, the seeds will remain on the soil. If there is no snow, use fine sand. These techniques will allow in the future to carry out picking with minimal damage to root systems of seedlings.
It is impossible to sprinkle seeds, especially compacted, for germination the seeds must be lit. Water the seeds and in the future seedlings with finely atomized water from the spray gun, otherwise you can wash very small seeds from the soil, or damage the seedlings with a jet of water. Due to the fact that lobelia in infancy is very painful, you need to add a little potassium permanganate to the irrigation water for disinfection. The containers covered with a film are installed on the sunny side to create a specific microclimate.
Seedling care, transplant
Shoots should appear in 10-15 days, after which they need to be aired, the main thing is patience, you can’t remove the film for a long time, the airing time is increased to avoid drying out and death of seedlings, because gradually even a little dryness will kill the seedlings.
Transplanting into peat pots is done when 3 to 4 true leaves appear. When diving, it is necessary to collect caution and patience. If the roots of the seedlings are strongly intertwined, they can not be torn in any case, it will have to be planted in the ground.
After transplanting, the seedlings must be watered and maintain a strict temperature regime: 20-22 ° C. It must be remembered that lobelia seedlings perceive waterlogging well, but the slightest lack of moisture can destroy all efforts, sprouts become thinner and die.
Growing lobelia from special granules
If the gardener did not get a manual, then in the first year it is still better to start by planting granules in peat tablets, the result will be much better.
Before planting, peat tablets are soaked in water for 15 minutes, during this time, the tablet increases greatly, then you need to take the granule, and place it in the recess in the tablet, but do not further deepen. Next, put the tablets in a cuvette and cover with a film.
For irrigation, water is added to the cells, water through peat reaches the seeds. Fortified seedlings are transplanted directly with the tablet into peat pots.
How to Dive Ampel Lobelia
You can immediately forget about all the hardships and troubles that you had to endure when planting and caring for this plant, seeing a magnificent lobelia in a flowerpot, and even more so, having heard the enthusiastic surprise of guests and friends. Many of them probably also want to have such beauty on their own site, so that all the efforts and inconveniences of growing this flower pay off in full with its luxurious appearance.