Planting a bob - that's how it's done!


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The bob is a plant that should not be missing on any windowsill. Where and how you can still plant the Bubiköpfchen, we reveal here.

Plant the bob

As a decorative and easy-care indoor plant, the bobblehead can be found in almost every plant-friendly household. The bubble heads are popular beginner plants, can be used in many ways and used for numerous decorating ideas. The successful cultivation begins with the planting. Everything worth knowing about the cropping and transplanting of the bob head can be read here.

Observe the optical characteristics during planting

The bob head grows spherical and compact. Thereby dense cushions are formed. The plant only gets a little over ten centimeters high, but can more than double its width. The leaves are reminiscent of small hearts are very dense and can have different shades of green.

Finding the right location

The Bubiköpfchen is quite flexible, as far as its location. The plants always want to stand bright. The full sunshine is to be avoided. Even in partial shade, the plant will therefore develop well. A too warm Heizungsortort is rather unsuitable. The bob head tolerates temperature fluctuations very well. However, the bobblehead thrives best at normal room temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees.

If the heat is too intense, for example if the plant is placed too close to the heater or on the windowpane, it can lead to a build-up of heat, which damages the plant. The first indication of this is the curling and browning of the leaflets. If the bob head is placed too shady, the growth will be less extensive. The shoots then tend to grow in length.

The ideal location in keywords:

  • bright
  • no bright sunlight
  • not too close to the heater
  • room temperature

Select the ideal substrate

The substrate used should be loose in any case. If you want to use conventional garden soil, it should be loosened up by the addition of sand or peat. If commercial potting soil is mixed with compost, you will also get a suitable substrate. In summary, it should be said that substrate should be loose, humic and slightly acidic.

Plant the bob in the garden bed - is that possible?

If we look at the natural home of the plant, namely the Mediterranean, it becomes clear that the bobbed head for outdoor use in our latitudes seems only partially suitable. The natural range is barely below freezing, which will discourage hobby gardeners cultivating the plant outdoors. In practice, however, the bob head proves to be more robust than perhaps assumed.

Did you know it? In the southwest of Germany, the bobbed head is wild in the field.

In climatically favored regions, so the attempt can be made quite an attempt to keep bob heads in the field all year round. In professional circles, the winter hardness zone 8 is specified for the bob head. This corresponds to a temperature range of up to -12 degrees. In the cold, the plant retreats and, in most cases, reboots in the spring.

Planting a bob - step by step

  1. choose a suitable location
  2. choose suitable planter
  3. choose appropriate substrate
  4. Fill planter with substrate
    1. Carefully insert bob head
    2. Fill planter with soil
    3. Press the earth lightly
    4. Water the plant well

    What should be considered when repotting the bob head?

    Bubicowing grow quite lush. Correspondingly often should be transplanted. For this purpose, the Zimmergärtner prefers the early spring. If it seems necessary and the roots already swell, for example, from the planter, the bobbed head can be transplanted year round.

    Bubble heads can be planted in the following containers:

    • planters
    • flowerpots
    • flower boxes
    • Flower lights
    • decorative bowls, jugs, glasses

    Especially young plants grow very quickly. Flat bowls are very well suited as planters and as a traffic light plant, the bobblehead is popular.

    Repot the bubble head - step by step

    1. choose suitable planter
    2. choose appropriate substrate
    3. Ensure adequate drainage in the bottom of the vessel
    4. Introduce drainage against waterlogging
      1. Mix substrate with sand and loosen up
      2. Insert plant
      3. Press the floor repeatedly

      Bubble heads do not tolerate waterlogging. Therefore, the water must drain well from the planter. Waterlogging prevents drainage from sand or gravel. So that no air holes are created during the planting, the soil is to be pressed several times well.

      ➔ Tip: If you use commercially available potting soil, you do not have to fertilize the plant in the first year after repotting. The substrate is pretreated accordingly and contains all necessary nutrients.

      Planting bubble heads - everything you need to know at a glance

      activityexplanation
      Find a location▶ Ideal is a bright but not full sun.
      ▶ Bubble heads tolerate temperature fluctuations, but they thrive best at room temperature.
      ▶ A place directly above the heater is unfavorable.
      Select substrate▶ The plant is fairly undemanding, but needs a loose soil, so that the water can drain well and does not jam.
      ▶ Ideally, the soil is slightly acidic and can be mixed with compost or peat.
      planting▶ Drainage of gravel or potsherds at the bottom of the vessel prevents waterlogging.
      ▶ In order to avoid air holes, the soil should be pressed well during planting.

      Does the nettle plant burn?

      Since the bob head is one of the nettle plants, some hobby gardener may ask, if he has to wear gloves during the planting so as not to burn himself. But here all-clear can be given. The stinging hair known from the stinging nettle does not have the bubble head and it can not secrete any irritating liquid. The hairs of the bob are soft and fluffy and are found on all visible parts of plants.

      Is the bob head a poisonous plant?

      Rumors that the plant is poisonous keep making the rounds. But that can be contradicted. Bubble heads contain no toxins and are therefore completely harmless to humans and animals.

      Plant bunny heads and provide diversity

      Creativity is in demand when planting the bob, because hardly any plant can be used in such a varied and decorative way. As the plant grows down, a hoppy or decorative planter is ideal.

      ➔ Tip: Particularly popular are planted bowls or baskets for Easter. Instead of using the traditional Easter grass, you can make pretty arrangements with eggs and other early bloomers with bubble heads.

      Also as subplantation of various houseplants the bobbed head is suitable. Pretty, the plant makes itself in the summer flower box. Anyone who would like to attempt cultivation outdoors will use the bobbed head as cover crop. The plant spreads quite quickly and forms decorative carpets.

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