**I LOVE plants that can be neglected and still thrive well!**
**GROWN ON OUR FARM HERE IN TENNESSEE**
Kochia Scoparia is a hardy and drought-tolerant foliage plant grown as ornamental as well as forage plant. It is a quick growing plant that tends to form rounded or pyramid body of dense leaves and branches. Young plants of Kochia are bright green and color but turn red in colder climate as they mature. Thin and finely cut leaves of Kochia add to its ornamental value. It is useful as accent plant in landscapes and grows in almost any soil ! For this reason, Kochia is sometimes grown at mass level to control soil erosion, and for reclamation or re-vegetation of land.
Kochia Scoparia contains higher levels of protein and oxalate than most grasses and fodder plants, thus it also serves as a good forage crop for livestock. When grown as ornamental plant, Kochia is a good choice as evergreen foliage plant for landscapes.
Position: full sun/part shade
Soil: Any soil
Rate of growth: rapid ~
Hardiness: fully hardy
Height: 15 to 36 inches (40 to 90 cm).
Native: Europe, Asia and Australasia.
Growing Region: Zones 2 to 10.
Flower Details: Light green, white. Hairy flowers that sprout from strap shaped leaf axils.
Foliage: Lanceolate. Flattened. Green through to red!
Sow Outside: Surface. Before last frost. Spacing: single plants: 20 to 24 inches (60 to 70 cm); hedging 8 inches (20 cm).
Sow Inside: Soak seeds overnight. Use peat pots. Germination time: one to two weeks in the light. Temperature 70°F (21°C). Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors towards the end of spring.
Requirements: Full sunlight. Drought tolerant!
Miscellaneous: Forms tumbleweeds. Foliage changes colour from bright green in the summer to red in the autumn!
Seeds are used in Japanese cuisine to produce a garnish called tonburi (Land caviar).
Amazing Kochia Scoparia . Ornamental and suitable for warm climate! A drought resistant as well! Ability to grow in any time during growing season!
EASY TO GERMINATE
SOW FINELY AND EVENLY ON TOP SOIL. DO NOT COVER .
GERMINATE IN GENTLE HEAT OR IN A WARM BRIGHT SPOT OUTSIDE. GROW-ON INDIVIDUAL SEEDLINGS IN 3 INCH POTS BEFORE PLANTING OUT.