Codonanta, do not confuse with column
Codonanthe (Codonanthe, family Gesneriaceae) is a beautiful ampel plant with leathery, elliptical, oppositely arranged leaves of dark green color. The stems of the codonants have a pinkish tinge, with age they lignify. The codonant blooms with white tubular flowers with a bright red pharynx. A flowering plant looks charming in a hanging basket. In place of flowers, red berries are tied, which serve as an additional decoration of the codonant. Most often in room floriculture there is a graceful codonant (Codonanthe gracilis).
Codonanta prefers a bright location, but feels good and blooms in partial shade. The plant is thermophilic, requires a temperature of at least 20 ° C throughout the year, it is desirable to keep the codonant at +15 ° C for two months only in winter. The codonant needs high humidity, it must often be sprayed, especially in the hot season.
Water the codonant regularly, but not too profusely. The top layer of soil between waterings should have time to dry. They feed the codonant from March to September twice a month with full mineral fertilizer. Transplanted every year, adult specimens - a year later, in the spring - in a substrate of leaf and turf land, humus, peat and sand in a ratio of 2: 1: 1: 1: 1. The codonant propagates by green non-lignified cuttings in mid-summer.
Of the pests of the codonant, aphids are affected, which sucks the juice from the tops of young shoots. To combat, you can use a tincture of tobacco or insecticides (karbofos, actellik). Falling buds from a plant occurs, as a rule, as a result of fluctuations in air temperature. Other causes of falling codonant buds include waterlogging or overdrying of an earthen coma.