Kohler still rare among gardeners, although it deserves it: low shrub with straight unbranched pubescent shoots a fine, soft, velvety green leaves and blooms profusely from June to September. Under favorable conditions, the flowering period Kohler can continue almost year round.
Blooms Kohler spectacular bell-flowers with long drooping tube bent corolla which is covered by numerous krapinkami- "freckles" or a bar pattern. Previously, Kohler (or Kohler) was known under the names "izoloma" and "Tydeus." Kohler (Kohleria) - herbaceous perennial plant of the family Gesneriaceae; has numerous species, widespread in tropical America. In the indoor horticulture most often grown following:
- Kohler pleasant (K. amabilis) with dark green leaves muted shade
- Kohler opushÑ‘nnotsvetkovuyu (K. eriantha) with a brownish edge of green leaves,
- Kohler BogotÃ¡ (bogotensis) with bright green leaves and reddish-brown pubescence.
Opposite oblong leaves Kohler to 7 cm long and 3.5 cm wide, have a reddish or whitish streaks. Colouring velvety flowers Kohler, depending on the species and variety, ranging from pink to chestnut brown. The most common color with orange or red flowers, dotted with yellow dots on the limb of the corolla; with a red tube and red dots on creamy flowers; with raspberry-red flowers covered with white dot and streak pattern on the petals and the throat.
At the top of the stem and in the axils of the upper leaves Kohler may disclose simultaneously up to 15 single (or two or three on a long axillary peduncles pubescent) flowers up to 4 cm in diameter, tube length up to 5 cm. Kohler has a scaly, the fast growing rhizome to 2 cm thick .
Kohler unpretentious, she is quite content with ordinary room conditions without drafts, grows well in moderate temperatures and moist air is usually not shed its leaves in the winter. If Kohler is stored for a period of rest aboveground part, the bright light (but not direct sun), it needs all year round.
Watering should be moderate Kohler from spring to autumn and limited - in the winter. Due to the velvety leaves spray Kohler is not recommended to increase the humidity Kohler placed on a tray with wet expanded clay or put next to a plant container of water; often desirable to spray the air around the leaves.
In the dormant period, passing the winter, Kohler should be kept in a cool (about 16-18 degrees). It happens that the period of rest aboveground part Kohler dies in the fall - in this case the pot with rhizome winter kept in the room at the same temperature, sometimes wetting the substrate (not only to dry rhizome). When you are at the end of the winter young shoots pot exposed to light.
Every spring Kohler transplanted into fresh substrate, rassazhivaya Transfer strongly proliferating year rhizome with shoots in separate pots (be sure to drain hole), with a thick layer of drainage. Soil mixture for Kohler make sheet, peat soil and sand in the ratio of 4: 1 (1). Summer Kohler sometimes fed complete mineral or organic fertilizer.
Kohler propagated by seeds, cuttings and division of rhizomes. Seeds sown in Kohler, not closing up, in January-February in a wide bowls with a mixture of leaf soil and sand (1: 0.5), watered, covered with glass and put in a warm place. Cutting and dividing rhizomes thrive Kohler spring (slices sprinkled with pounded charcoal powder). Kohler purchased rootstock planted in a pot with the substrate to a depth of about 1.5 cm and carefully watered until germination.
In case of errors in the care Kohler may be affected by spider mites and aphids, which suck the sap from the leaves and flowers, causing curling of leaves and shoots of the deformation. Excessive soil moisture and air at low temperature causes the content in Kohler mildew, rot all kinds.