In this post on garden and house flowers, we will focus on Rhodochiton - a creeper coming from the lands of Mexico and Guatemala, and belonging to the rather large family Plantaginaceae, which is very close to the Scrophulariaceae family and according to a number of classifications and some of his representatives. There are only three species in the genus and one of them (Rhodochiton atrosanguineus) is cultivated for decorative purposes. It is very valuable for its beautiful purple-pink bell-shaped flowers as well as the long flowering of nearly 5 months.

Coming from the ancient Greek rhodon (ῥόδον) - rose and chiton (χιτών) - a garment, because of the pink cape above the bell, the name classifying this plant is actually closely related to Ancient Thrace and symbolizing its roses (Armenian - վարդ; aray; arab; ).

Rhodochitone is a perennial plant, but whether it is grown in the garden or as a flower, it is recommended that every year, at most 2-3, be planted with seeds, because then its bloom is most beautiful.
It is planted in moist but well drained and rich soil, with initial seedlings being made in March-April, under glass and at temperatures of about and above 20 degrees. After the appearance of the third leaf, each shoot can be transferred to a separate vessel at a temperature of about 18 degrees. Young plants need much but not direct light and considerable moisture, both soil and air, but without water retention. Also cut with cuttings - about 10 cm.

It needs more moisture during the growth period, and moderate fertilization with 2-3 twice a month with organic complexes is good. It must also be provided with development support or a climbing base.

Rhodochitone cannot withstand temperatures below 10 degrees, so if you want to keep it in the winter months, it should be provided with a place with enough sunshine and watering to be diluted.