Blossomed apples and pears, and ... potato trees
Of course, it has no relation to potatoes, this glorious ornamental plant - it belongs to the nightshade family. But the flowers, and the leaves really resemble potato. The tree blooms densely, it looks unusual, therefore it makes a special impression. A potato tree, it is also Gentian ghastly, (Lycianthes rantonnetii) is literally strewn with purple-blue flowers with a yellow eye.
There are two varieties of potato tree: climbing and ampelous. Shoots reach two meters in length. The leaves are small, oval, “with a fluff”, the flowers are either blue-violet or white with a yellow center. The advantage of the potato tree is plentiful and long flowering from May to October.
The potato tree came to us from South America, so it loves warmth. If you want to grow it in the country, remember: even a weak frost will destroy the plant.
To achieve the most magnificent flowering, put a decorative "potato" in a place where it will be under direct sunlight all the time, but protected from wind and rain.
You need to water often, especially in the heat - twice a day, morning and evening. During flowering, add liquid flower fertilizer to the water once a week.
Look closely at the leaves: if they begin to turn yellow, urgently increase the dose of top dressing, otherwise they will simply fall off.
The flowering "potato" grows quickly, so the tops of the shoots can be shortened several times during the season. What to do with it in winter? Put in a cool, bright room, water moderately. The air temperature in the room should not exceed 7 degrees.
To prevent pests and fungus from sticking to the plant, regularly ventilate the room, being careful not to catch the flower.
In the summer, help the potato tree - tie it to the trellis, and the wall of solid flowers is prepared for you. Moreover, the colors are outlandish. And you can say to your surprised neighbors that this is blooming a new, decorative variety of potatoes ...
- Daria Ermilova