Rhodochiton: Greenhouse Plants
FF – frost free only / C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F)
Rhodochiton atrosanguineum (R. volubile) is often grown as an annual climber sown early and planted outside. It is not reliably hardy outside but survives well in a frost free house. Sow seed in spring just under the surface of theat 15-18°C (60-65°F) where germination should be between two to four weeks. By the end of summer you should have a climbing plant 60-90 cm (2-3 ft) high bearing fascinatingly beautiful flowers consisting of a bright pink calyx with a deep black-purple tubular flower emerging from it. Flowering will continue well into the winter. If it does not show any signs of dying back, it is best to cut it back by Christmas so that it can completely regenerate itself with fresh growth in spring.