Acalypha

Acalypha

Life form Shrub, ampel plant
Family Euphorbiaceae
Origin Malaysia, New Guinea
Ease of cultivation Easy with small difficulties
The size Length of shoots in room conditions up to 30 – 70 cm.
Growth rate High
Lifespan When wintering in a cool place 3-7 years.
Temperature In the summer: not lower than 68 ° F, in the winter 53,6-60,8 ° F. At a higher temperature, plants are stretched and become less decorative.
Humidity High. At least 50%, put the pot in a tray with wet pebbles, during flowering do not spray.
Lighting A bright place, but not direct sunlight. In bright light, the leaves are better painted.
The soil Fertile, equal parts of sod land, peat, sand and humus. Good drainage is required.
Watering During flowering, regular watering (2 times a week and more often), the soil should not dry out. In winter, watering cut.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn every 2-3 weeks with liquid fertilizer.
Reproduction The top cuttings can grown spring in a greenhouse (or covered with polyethylene) with a lower heating in a mixture of peat and perlite or earth with sand, preferably use of heteroauxin. Possible reproduction seeds which are sown in Maret-April a mixture of earth and sand and germinated at a temperature of 20-71,6 ° F. Peeling seedlings at a height of 2-3 cm.
Bloom Flowering can last year round, buds reach a length of 50 cm. Faded flowers should be removed.
Transfer In spring and summer. You can only replace the top layer of the earth. It grows better in a close pot.
Features of care In spring, cut the shoots to half their length. Once in several years, the plants are cut to a height of 20-30 cm.
Difficulties It can be affected by thrips, scale insects, aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies. With a lack of moisture and dry air, the leaves turn yellow and fall off. At a lower temperature, they wither and fall off. Pale leaves and slow growth with a lack of nitrogen.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Species of this genus can be harmful to animals.


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