Bowiea

Bowiea

Life form Succulent
Family Lileaceae
Origin South Africa
Ease of cultivation Easy
The size A bulb 15-20 cm in size appears from the ground, stems reach 1.8 m and more, peduncles reach 50-60 cm in height.
Growth rate Fast, growing only in spring and summer, for the winter the plant dies.
Lifespan More than 10 years
Temperature In the summer, it is ideal for the plant to be in  room temperature. After flowering it should be rearranged to a bright cool place with a temperature of 50 ° F.
Humidity Low and medium
Lighting The bright sun or bright diffused light can grow in the shade, but slowly.
The soil Shop soil is suitable for succulents with a small addition of sand. For a mixture of own preparation, take: turf, garden soil, coarse sand. You can add charcoal and brick crumbs. Good drainage is required. Do not recommend peat and acid soil.
Watering Watered approximately every 10 days during the growth period, during flowering, the soil should be moist. You can not wet the top of the bulb. After flowering, watering is discontinued until next season.
Fertilizer During growth 1-2 times (in April and July) fertilize fertilizer for cacti. From organic fertilizers the flower stem becomes brilliant and bright.
Reproduction Department of daughter bulbs after the end of the rest period. They are planted in pots for 1-3 pieces. Can be propagated by seeds at a temperature of 71,6 ° F. They are planted in small bowls, after emergence of seedlings, the seedlings are dived and planted separately. During growth, the plant is transplanted several times, until the bulb falls into a rest period.
Bloom Small greenish-white flowers with 6 petals on a long green peduncle
Transfer At the end of winter, transplant the bulb every 2 years so that 2/3 of it remains above the surface of the soil. In winter, the bulb should be taken out of the soil and cleaned of soil and kept in a box.
Features of care In winter the plant is at rest. It should be watered very rarely. Both for stems and for peduncles it is necessary to use a support. In bovei small leaves are very short-lived, however, carries out photosynthesis, stem and flower stalks.
Difficulties It is affected by mealybugs, spider mites and aphids. Shoots pale and stretch out when there is a lack of light, but turn yellow and wither before the rest period.
Air cleaning
Toxicity


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