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Plant a bobble head - that's how it's done!

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The bobbed head is a plant that shouldn't be missing on any windowsill. We'll tell you where and how you can still plant your baby's head.

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As a decorative and easy-care houseplant, the bobbed head (Soleirolia soleirolii) can be found in almost every plant-friendly household. The baby heads are popular beginner plants, can be used in many ways and can be used for numerous decoration ideas. Successful cultivation begins with planting. Everything worth knowing about planting and transplanting the bobbed head can be found here.

Observe the visual characteristics when planting

The bobbed head is spherical and compact. This creates dense cushions. The plant only grows a little more than ten centimeters high, but can be more than twice as wide. The leaves reminiscent of small hearts are very dense and can have different shades of green.

Find the right location

The baby's head is quite flexible with regard to its location. The plants want to be bright in any case. Avoid full sun exposure. The plant will therefore also develop well in partial shade. A heating location that is too warm is unsuitable. The bob head tolerates temperature fluctuations extremely well. However, the bobbed head 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 heating or the window pane, heat build-up can occur, which damages the plant. The first signs of this are the curling and the brown coloring of the leaflets. If the bobbed head is placed too shady, the growth will be less extensive. The shoots tend to grow longer.

The ideal location in brief:

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

Choose the ideal substrate

In any case, the substrate used should be loose. If you want to use conventional garden soil, you should loosen it up by adding sand or peat. If commercial potting soil is mixed with compost, a suitable substrate is also obtained. In summary, substrate should be loose, humorous and slightly acidic.

Planting the bobbed head 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 appears to be of limited suitability for free range in our latitudes. In the natural distribution area there are hardly any freezing temperatures, which will deter the amateur gardener from cultivating the plant outdoors. In practice, however, the bobbed head proves to be more robust than perhaps assumed.

Did you know In the southwest of Germany, the bobbed head is overgrown in the wild.

In climatically favored regions, an attempt can be made to keep bobbed heads outdoors all year round. The hardiness zone 8 is specified in specialist circles for the bobbed head. This corresponds to a temperature range of up to -12 degrees. In very cold weather, the plant retreats and in most cases shoots out again in spring.

Planting a bobble - step by step

    1. choose a suitable location
    2. Choose a suitable planter
    3. choose suitable substrate
    4. Fill the planter with substrate
      1. Carefully insert the bob head
      2. Fill up the planter with soil
      3. Lightly press on the earth
      4. Water the plant well

What should you watch out for when repotting the bobbed head?

Baby heads grow quite abundantly. It should be replanted accordingly frequently. The gardener prefers to use early spring for this. If it seems necessary and the roots already spring out of the planter, for example, the bobbed head can be transplanted all year round.

Bobbed heads can be planted in the following containers:

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

Young plants in particular grow quite quickly. Flat bowls are very suitable as planters and the bobbed head is also popular as a hanging plant.

Repotting the head of a bob - step by step

      1. choose a suitable planter
      2. choose suitable substrate
      3. make sure there is sufficient drainage in the bottom of the vessel
      4. Bring drainage against waterlogging
        1. Mix and loosen the substrate with sand
        2. Insert the plant
        3. Press the floor repeatedly

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

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

Planting baby heads - an overview of everything worth knowing

activityexplanation
Find location▶ A bright but not full sun location is ideal.
▶ Heads tolerate temperature fluctuations, but thrive best at room temperature.
▶ A place directly above the heating is unfavorable.
Choose substrate▶ The plant is quite undemanding, but needs a loose soil so that the water can drain off easily and does not build up.
▶ Ideally, the soil is slightly acidic and can be mixed with compost or peat.
planting▶ A drainage of gravel or shards of clay on the bottom of the vessel prevents waterlogging.
▶ To avoid air holes, press the soil well during planting.

Is the nettle plant burning?

Since the bobbed head is one of the nettle plants, some hobby gardeners may wonder whether they have to wear gloves when planting so as not to burn themselves. But the all-clear can be given here. The baby's head does not have the nettle known from the nettle and it cannot secrete any irritating liquid. The hairs of the bobbed head are soft and fluffy and are found on all visible parts of the plant.

Is the bobbed head a poisonous plant?

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

Plant baby heads and ensure diversity

Creativity is required when planting the bobbed head, because hardly any other plant can be used in such a diverse and decorative way. Since the plant grows downwards, a hanging basket or a decorative plant bowl are ideal.

➔ Tip: Planted bowls or baskets are particularly popular at Easter. Instead of using the traditional Easter grass, pretty arrangements with eggs and other early bloomers with bobbed heads can be created.

The bobbed head is also suitable as an underplant for various houseplants. The plant makes itself beautiful in the summer flower box. If you want to try outdoor cultivation, use the bobbed head as ground cover. The plant spreads very quickly and forms decorative carpets.

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