Calciolaria from seeds every year - easy
Calceolaria is an attractive houseplant with delicate pubescent leaves and unusual flowers. They are popularly called wallets. The flowers have two lips, the lower lip is swollen and large, and the upper one is small and inconspicuous. They can be colored golden, yellow, red orange. Often there are specks and dots on the flowers. The plant blooms profusely and for a long time, from spring to autumn. The faded plant is usually discarded and re-grown from seed. You can cut it off after flowering and place it for 1.5-2 months in a cool, dark place, and when the plant starts to grow, transfer it to the light. But this is usually not done, since in the second year calceolaria blooms much worse and is often affected by aphids.
Calceolaria from seeds is not so difficult to grow, especially for someone who successfully sowed, for example, petunias, remontant strawberries or other plants that germinate in the light. The same small seeds and the same way of germinating them. However, there is one peculiarity. The plant blooms in 8-10 months after sowing, so it is usually produced in July-August. The seeds are sown in boxes with leafy soil mixed with peat. Spill it well first. Mix the seeds with sand and spread evenly over the surface of the soil, without embedding in depth. Cover the top of the box with glass or simply put a plastic bag over it, creating a mini-greenhouse. Moisten the substrate regularly by spraying.
Calceolaria emerges from seeds in about two weeks. Seedlings need to be regularly ventilated and condensation removed from the glass in order to protect the plants from the black stem. Until the seedlings get stronger, watering should still be done by spraying. After a month, the seedlings are transplanted into more spacious boxes, and after another month and a half - into pots. For the winter, calceolaria should be placed in a cool, bright place. The windowsill will do just fine.