Abelmoschus

Abelmoschus

Life form
Grassy
Family
Araceae
Origin
Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Philippines
Easy growing
Easy
Size
Not very large plant up to 50-60 cm
Growth rate
5-6 leaves per year.
Lifetime
After 2-3 years, the plant is stretched, the color of the leaves becomes less variegated, it is better to grow it from the apical cut.
Temperature
In summer: 75,2 ° F, in winter, if not watered, can withstand a temperature of 50 ° F, but it is better to maintain a temperature of about 59 ° F.
Moisture
Moderate. In summer it is better to spray at least 2 times a week, and better each day with soft water, in winter with spraying, you should be careful.
Lighting
Light moderate indirect, better east window, but can adapt to shaded places.
Soil
Suitable shop soil for bulbous plants, well retaining moisture. The soil must be breathable, sand or perlite with peat should be added if it is too dense. For a mixture of own preparation, take: 1 part of the garden land, 1 part coarse-grained sand or perlite and 2 parts peat or humus (leaf land). For young plants, it is better to use 2 parts of leaf land, 1 part peat, sand, light turf ground. With age, the amount of sod land can be increased. Easily tolerates peat substratum. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering
Soil must be constantly moist. Use warm soft water. In the winter, watering is limited, contain almost dry, water not once a week 1 / week.
Fertilizer
During the growing season every 10-15 days with liquid fertilizer, alternating organic and mineral.
Reproduction
In the late spring by division. Young plants are separated from the mother and kept at a temperature of below 69,8 ° F until they grow up. It is possible to propagate with apical cuttings 8-10 cm in length, which should be dried within 24 hours, then rooted in moist sand at a temperature of 68-77 ° F, dropping by 4-6 “cm. Rooting lasts about a month. at a temperature of 80,6 ° F.
Flowering
Cob with a veil, rarely blooms, flowers do not have much value.
Features of care
Heat and moisture-loving shade-tolerant plant.
Difficulties
In dry air, the leaves shrivel or turn brown, at a low temperature they can twist, turn pale with lack of lighting or top dressing. It is affected by a spider mite, aphids, whitefly, mealybugs and thrips.
Air Purification Cleans air of harmful impurities of formaldehyde, benzene (which is released during the operation of gas stoves) and other toxins. Aglaonema well moisturizes the air.
Toxicity
Requires caution, like all aroids.


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