Secrets Of Producing Lofos Lophospermums

Lophospermums 'Lofos White Red'

Originating from the Mexican mountains, lophsopermum is a genus of eight species and is deciduous and evergreen – perennial climbers and shrubs from the slopes of North and Central America. Foliage is generally triangular and plants produce tubular to funnel-shaped flowers in shades of white and purple.

Helpful Hints From
Aaron McDonald

Botany Lane Greenhouse, Lafayette, Colorado

Lofos is one of my favorite plants. It’s unique and different from anything else on the market. Now with two colors, Wine Red and White, you can plant multi-color pots where the plants truly blend together. Suntory has done a great job matching the habit and color of the plants so they look the same.

Lofos is ideal for hanging baskets as a mono or a component plant. It can also be trained onto a trellis for a different look in the garden. One pinch after the initial planting will help to develop breaks in the plants. But once plants are trailing, you will not want to pinch, as the flower buds are on the vine.

If they get a little long, just wrap them in on themselves. Once Lofos is in flower, it will have blooms from the top all the way to the end of the vines. Plant growth regulators are not needed on Lofos.

Lofos is grown as an annual and is well suited to planting spectacular hanging baskets and window boxes or guided up trellises. This marvelous vine blooms early, continuing through most of the year until frost. Lofos comes in two captivating colors, Wine Red and White, which are very uniform to produce. Plants are vigorous and self-cleaning, reaching 7 feet long with a spread of 18 to 24 inches. Growers can produce Lofos in hanging baskets and pots ranging in size from 1 gallon to 5 gallons and command a premium for this unique, elegant item.

General Culture

Rooted cuttings should be potted up as soon as possible into 4- to 6-inch pots. Use a well-drained peat/perlite mix and maintain soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5. After potting the liners, give plants a light watering. The crop is best kept on the dry side to aid root development. Keep plants slightly dry but avoid wilting. Temperatures for the crop at this stage should be 60-65˚F for the first two weeks. This temperature range will help roots develop.

After two weeks, the crop will grow quickly and start to produce vigorous trailing shoots. These can be pinched to enable the plant to bush out and develop a good breaking habit. Pinching the leading shoots helps control the growth. Lofos is responsive to Florel, too. Keep light levels high to reduce stretching.

The crop should be watered uniformly using a balanced liquid fertilizer, transitioning to a higher potash feed as buds become clearly visible.

Crop Timing

• 6-inch pots – six weeks with one liner
• 1-gallon pots – eight to nine weeks with one liner and two pinches
• 10-inch pots/baskets – 10-12 weeks with three liners and two or three pinches

Pests & Diseases

Monitor for aphids, fungus gnats, whiteflies, leaf miners, red spider mites, shore flies, slugs, snails and western flower thrips. Diseases to prevent include Botrytis, Powdery Mildew, Rhizoctonia, Phytophthora and Pythium. A broad-spectrum fungicide drench is recommended after planting.

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3 comments on “Secrets Of Producing Lofos Lophospermums

  1. Is it alright to plant a Lophospermum -Red wine climbers. in Scotland. does it have to be cut back in the back end of the year planted up a wall.

  2. My beautiful Lofos seems to be dying! It was a gift in May, 2014 and was thick and blooming. It’s been hanging on the west side where it gets most of it’s sun light. Should I just cut it back? About a month ago, before it started to die, about a foot was cut off the bottom. Did that hurt it? Could it be getting too hot?

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