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Gaping Dutchman'sPipe seeds

Gaping Dutchman'sPipe seeds

$ 5.17

5 Gaping Dutchman’s Pipe seeds

Germination Start seeds by soaking in hot water for 48 hours and surface sow them in rich soil. Cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Keep the soil moist, not soaking wet. These seeds germinate at + 21ºC. Place the pot in a polythene bag and in darkness until after germination. Germination usually takes 1-3 months, it can take longer, don't give up. Transplant when large enough to handle into 5 inches pots of good quality compost, and grow on in cool, well lit conditions away from direct sunlight. When well grown, pot on further or plant outside, giving shelter from direct sunlight.

Aristolochia ringens, also named the Gaping Dutchman's Pipe, is an evergreen vine from the tropical regions of South America. It can reach 2 to 10 meters tall. This rugged robust vine also does well in containers with regular watering. The flowers give a flare of the bizarre to a tropical collection. From spring to summer, the vine produces quantities of 12 cm long fragrant flowers scattered among the drooping leaves. The flowers trap insect pollinators and facilitate cross pollination. Highly entertaining flowers; a vigorous grower, the outrageous blooms are patterned with a network of burgundy, red, and purple over a creamy-yellow background. The fruit is a capsule, green maturing to brown and opening to release many fertile seeds. Prune back shoots after flowering. Aristolochia ringens is a vine with beautiful dark green heart shaped leaves and paler underneath. These are about 8 cm long by 5 cm wide and grow closely together to create a dense mass of foliage. These slender woody stems twine gracefully in tight coils around fence wire and other supports lifting itself to heights of 2 to 10 meters. Stems age to woody. Hardiness zones 8-10, (-10°C/15°F,1°C/35°F) in winter. In zone 8, the tops will be killed to the ground in freezing weather but usually return in the spring. Aristolochia ringens likes to grow in a light and airy place, but not in direct sunlight. Keep summer temperatures from 20-25°C and winter temperatures above 10°C. Water once or twice a week during growth period. Water no more than once a week during winter. The plant can endure short periods of drought and still look fresh. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every third watering throughout the growing season. It grows best in rich, well-drained soil. It requires only average soil to look good. The plant does well in light sandy soil

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