You can plant a coral shrub (Solanum pseudocapsicum) in two different ways: as a cutting or as a seedling that you have grown yourself from seeds.
© E. Schittenhelm - Fotolia.com Do you want to bring an exotic into the garden that looks really good, but doesn't need too much maintenance? Then you are well advised with the coral shrub. With its pinnate leaves and large flowers, it is a real eye-catcher in the garden and also quite undemanding. It only needs a lot of sun and plenty of water. The most popular varieties of coral shrub are e.g. Erythrina crista-galli, Erythrina caffra, Compacta and Erythrina caffra. They are all easy to plant. Either through cuttings or seeds.
Pull coral from seeds
❶ Seeds for the coral shrub can be bought in gardening stores or obtained free of charge from an existing coral shrub. Your neighbors, who already have a coral shrub, will surely give you some seeds. Then simply detach the three to four millimeter long kidney-shaped seeds from the ripe berries.
Important: Be sure to wear gloves when removing them or wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. The berries of the coral shrub are poisonous.
Then let the seeds dry in a well-ventilated place in the house until spring.
❷ In March, place the seeds in a standard growing tray with substrate, keeping a distance of at least one centimeter. Important: The coral shrub is a dark germ. The seeds only grow when they are covered with earth.
Then cover the bowl with a cling film, put it in a warm, bright place without direct sunlight and keep the substrate moderately moist. Remove the film once a day for a few minutes for ventilation.
❸ After two weeks the seeds start to germinate and you can remove the foil. As soon as the seedlings have reached a height of about 10 centimeters, they have to be separated.
❹ After the ice saints, you can repot the small coral bushes into a large bucket and take them to the balcony or terrace.
Plant coral shrub as a cutting
❶ The coral bush cuttings should be around 15 centimeters long and should be obtained in early summer. To do this, cut the lower end diagonally and directly below an eye, the upper end straight and directly above an eye. Then remove all leaves from the lower half of the cutting.
❷ Now insert the lower half of the cutting into a plant pot and place it in a warm and bright place.
Keep the substrate moist and cover the pot with a clear plastic bag to create a favorable climate. An additional advantage of the plastic bag: insects have no way to lay their eggs in the ground.
❸ When the plant starts to grow visibly, you can be sure that the rooting phase has been successful. Now wait about two weeks and then repot the coral bush into a larger bucket.