Kokkoloba - a rare miracle
Kokkoloba (Coccoloba, family Buckwheat) - a rare houseplant native to North America (Florida). It is a spectacular tree or shrub with wide hard whole-edge leaves of a rounded shape of olive-green color. Veins on young leaves are red, on old they become cream. In vivo coccoloba blooms with fragrant white flowers collected in an inflorescence-brush. In their place, red, grape-like berries are formed that are edible.
Unfortunately, the coccoloba does not bloom on the premises. Kokkoloba requires a lot of space. This is a tub plant that feels better in a greenhouse or conservatory. In indoor culture, you can find two types of coccola - coconut berry (Coccoloba uvifera) and pubescent coccola (Coccoloba pubescens).
For coccobola, a bright location without direct sunlight is preferred. The air temperature in the room should be moderate, in winter at least 12 ° C. Kokkoloba is demanding on air humidity, this plant needs frequent spraying.
The coccoloba is watered abundantly in the summer, in the winter moderately, the earthen lump is by no means overdried. Kokkoloba is transplanted as necessary, about once every two years. In this case, a mixture of sod, leaf and humus soil, peat and sand in a ratio of 2: 1: 1: 1: 1 is used. Reproduction is carried out using stem cuttings in the spring. For rooting, a temperature of at least 25 ° C is required; it is advisable to use phytohormones and lower heating. Propagation by freshly picked seeds is possible.
Kokkoloba can be affected by a red spider mite. At the same time, thin cobwebs are visible on the leaves and petioles. This happens in rooms with low humidity. It is necessary to treat the plant with an insecticide (decis) and optimize the conditions of detention.