The tropical liana is Kobei. Planting and care
Kobeja (Cobaea) belongs to the genus of shrubstall - curly or clinging, very beautiful blooming, born in the tropics of America. In Russia, mainly cultivated two varieties of kobei - with white and purple flowers, and most often both are used as annual lianas. This tropical plant does not survive in our cold climate. But, when it is possible to store a container with a rhizome in winter in the proper conditions, kobei, of course, here - a perennial plant,extremely decorative and instantlygrowing. A lot of four-six-meter stems abundantly cover lacy feathery leaves. The chain whiskers raise the plant exceptionally quickly to an incredible height, leaving a bright green carpet on its way. Beautiful eight-centimeter bells of colors paint the greenery white and purple, adding festivities.
Kobeia. Planting and care
Most gardeners note how good it is atcultivation of kobei. Planting and nursing, of course, require certain skills and adherence to basic farming techniques, but there is nothing unbearable in them. The main thing - a sunny location or a small penumbra, fertile, well-fertilized soil, and the lack of excess moisture. It is also necessary to fight with mites and ticks, from which the kobei are very afflicted. Care, you see, is relatively labor-intensive, if compared with other people from tropical places.
To propagate this plant it is possible vegetatively, if tospring remained a uterine plant. Seeds of kobei before planting should be soaked in a solution of a growth stimulant, for example, epine. Do it best the day before. The most successful month for sowing seeds is March, more precisely, its middle. In order not to injure the roots of the seedlings during the picking, it is better to plant each seed in a separate foil sleeve, then there will be no growth retardation after the transplant.On top of the seeds are sprinkled with a half-centimeterlayer of soil. After a week you can wait for sprouting. If all the agrotechnical conditions are met, it will rise in the almost complete composition of the kobei. Planting and caring for the rules is the most important indicator of plant germination, which can not boast of good qualities in this regard. By the end of March, the seedlings can be transferred to cups. Before this procedure, they must be watered, carefully deploy the foil and, without breaking the clod of earth, move the plant to a new location. When the seedlings are adapted, and this takes several days, they will be hardened. For example, on the glassed-in loggia. Before moving to the garden, the seedlings must be watered and fed several times. Within a week or so and a half, the kobe will have to be transplanted again - it grows so quickly. Some time before the transfer to the open ground, the seedlings will be required in order to grow a powerful root system, so they move from the cups to four-liter pots, and even better - to buckets. In spacious dishes, as in leaps and bounds, the kobei grows!Landing and care are still far from complete, andseedlings no longer fit in the height of the loggia. You need to tidy them carefully so that when you move to the garden you can easily turn off the vines and pack them. By the first days of June - the time of disembarkation - landing holes should be prepared in advance and filled with fertile soil. Saplings to water abundantly, and, supporting the curled vine, gently remove the clod of earth and immediately plant in a permanent place. Next, we must free the antennae from the cord, which the kobeys were tied to the loggia without damaging them. It is easiest to cut the cord and carefully remove the segments, then lift the lianks to the supports and secure them. Kobei grows extremely quickly, and to help her in this, you need to soil the soil alternately with organic and mineral fertilizers (every week). And, of course, water! Then by July Kobei will be ready to blossom. A charming sight! The wall of purple bells (with bells such large flowers call the tongue will not turn). Even the seeds appear! True, they do not have enough of our summer to mature.