Achimenes

Achimenes

Life form Bush
Family Gesneriaceae
Origin Middle and South America, Mexico
Ease of cultivation Easy with small difficulties.
The size 20-30 cm in height and width, Ach. grandiflora even reach a height of 60 cm.
Growth rate Fast enough. The plant completely forms the aerial part during one growing season.
Lifespan Every autumn the plant dies off, in spring it resumes its growth from rhizomes.
Temperature In summer: up to 71,6 ° F, the rhizome can hibernate at 50 ° F.
Humidity Not less than 50%. Contain in moist pebbles, do not spray during flowering period.
Lighting Bright diffused light. Shade on the southern window. Western window approaches.
The soil The soil should be breathable and fertility. Suitable soil for Saintpaulia.   1 part of coarse sand or perlite, 1 part peat, 1 part humus (leaf land), you can take a little cow dung. Always use a pot with an opening.
Watering The soil must be constantly moist. Every 3 days in the flowering period.
Fertilizer During the growing season from April to October, fertilize every week with a half dose. After the appearance of shoots in spring, fertilize should be after about 6 weeks.
Reproduction At the end of winter, it is possible to propagate fragments of rhizomes 4-5 cm long. You can cut the shoots or propagate seeds at a temperature above 68 ° F. Seeds and cuttings should be planted in a mixture of peat and perlite and root in conditions of high humidity.
Bloom Blossoms from June to September, bell-shaped flowers of 3-6 cm of various colors.
Transfer Every year. Rhizome can be transplanted into fresh soil at the end of January.
Features of care In the winter, the plant requires a period of rest, the aboveground part dies, rhizomes do not require watering. The plant is ideal for hanging baskets, in the summer it is possible to take out on the street in conditions of scattered light.
Difficulties It is affected by spider mites, aphids, mealybugs and thrips. In the winter, root rot may occur.
Air cleaning
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