Trichozant: description and characteristics
In our country, this plant can be found quite rarely. Many believe that the trichozant will not be able to grow in a harsh climate, and the plant also needs special care. although in fact, caring for a plant is no more difficult than for cucumbers. Trichonzat (trichosanthes) is an annual vine, which belongs to the pumpkin family, has a thin stem, the length of which is 3-4 m. The leaves are similar to those of cucumbers. But the Japanese snake cucumber trichozant deserves special attention during the flowering period. it is a fantastic sight. The flowers are small in size, about 4 cm in diameter. They have a bizarre appearance, which one might think that they are not alive. White corollas resemble snowflakes, which have long filamentous processes. It is also surprising that in the late afternoon the plant begins to acquire a delicate aroma, reminiscent of an expensive perfume, with notes of jasmine. The flowers are heterosexual. The males gather in brushes, the females are solitary. Fruits have no less exotic appearance. Their appearance resembles a snake up to 1 m, which are twisted into a ring and a spiral. As they mature, they begin to acquire stripes of a light shade and are able to stretch under their own weight and acquire an elegant appearance - first orange spots appear, after which the surface takes on an orange tint.
Trichozant: growing from serpentine cucumber seeds
Trichosant: photo by trichosanthes
It is possible to grow Japanese trichozant snake cucumber only using seedlings. The seeds of the serpentine trichozant should be planted in separate containers in the second half of April, to a depth of 2-3 cm. Until they begin to germinate, the soil should be warm at about +25 degrees. Otherwise, the seeds of the serpentine trichozant will begin to rush and may not sprout. It is necessary to plant in open soil after June 10. You shouldn't do this earlier. The thing is that the plant is not able to tolerate even small cold snaps. This is the main problem in the cultivation of the Japanese trichozant. even at +10 degrees, plant growth may stop. And if the temperature drops below this mark, then the plant simply dies. Therefore, it is necessary to plant the seeds of the serpentine trichozant in a sunny and warm place, it is best to grow the plant near the southern side of the house, which will be warmed up by the sun's rays during the daytime, and will share the resulting heat with the plant in the evening. When planting multiple plants. It is necessary to keep the distance between plants about 50-60 cm.
Serpentine trichozant: leaving
The trichozant, the Japanese serpentine cucumber, is characterized by a rather strong growth in height and width. However, if you are going to grow a plant in the regions of the middle lane, the plant must be kept within certain limits. It is best to form a plant into 1 stem. All lateral shoots need pruning, only 1-2 ovaries need to be preserved. Stepsons who, without ovaries, are subject to complete plucking. It is possible to grow the plant in a spread, like watermelons or melons. Then there is no need to prune, the plant will be able to grow on its own. Also, this way to get a fairly large harvest. But for this, the summer period must be warm. During the mass gain, the plant needs watering 1 time in 7 days, 2 liters for each plant.With the appearance of flowers, the rate will need to be increased - from this period of time until the end of the summer period, each plant will need half a bucket of water every 2-3 days. It is not recommended to use a hose for watering the plant, because a large jet of water can harm the delicate roots and leaves of the plant. during the season, the plant will need to be fertilized 6-8 times. For the first time, feeding is introduced with the onset of flowering. when the fruit set begins - every 10 days. Each time you need to use the same mixture: porridge-like mullein (1 glass), nitrophoska (2 tablespoons) are diluted in 1 bucket of water. One plant will need 3 liters of finished fertilizer.
Using the fruits of Japanese trichozant
Trichozant serpentine: video
For the first time, you can try the fruits of the Japanese serpentine trichozant after 80-90 days. They should be not quite ripe, green, weight 150-200 g. Fruits can be boiled, fried or pickled. It is possible to use it raw. Then you get a crunchy cucumber flavor with a sweet radish flavor. Trichozant fruits contain a large amount of vitamins, carotene, iron and other essential nutrients.