Brighamia

Brighamia

Life form Wood, succulent
Family Campanulaceae
Origin Hawaiian Islands
Ease of cultivation The plant is difficult to “kill”, but at the wrong care, it can deteriorate.
The size In room conditions – up to 1 m, in natural – up to 2 m.
Growth rate Low
Lifespan Many years
Temperature In summer: up to 80,6 ° F, in winter, if kept at rest, a temperature of at least 59 ° F is desirable.
Humidity Increased, needs to be sprayed.
Lighting Bright diffused light or light shadow. It should be shaded from the midday sun in the summer. The eastern and western windows are more suitable.
The soil Suitable shop soil for succulents with a small addition of sand. For a mixture of own preparation, take:   3 parts of coarse sand or perlite, 2 parts of garden land, 2 parts of humus (leafy earth), 1 part of charcoal and bone meal, lime or a little egg-shell. Good drainage is required. pH – 5,5-6,5.
Watering The top layer of soil between waterings in the summer should dry up. Watered about every 7 days, in winter 1 time a month. Excessive watering is very dangerous.
Fertilizer Plants need fertilizer, rich in phosphorus, to stimulate flowering. Fertilization should be 2-3 times during the summer with a complex liquid fertilizer, alternating with conventional fertilizer with fertilizer for cacti.
Reproduction The most suitable way is to multiply pre-soaked seeds for 24 hours. The seeds are planted in a mixture of peat, perlite and sand. Sprout at high temperature not light. It sprouts in 1-3 weeks. When the seedlings reach a height of 2.5 cm, dive and transplant them into a small pot.
Bloom Blossoms in the winter, forms bunches of white and yellow flowers. For successful flowering in winter additional lighting is required. Blooms in the second year of life.
Transfer Young plants should be transferred ever year and adults every 2-3 years. The root system is shallow so the pot can be shallow as well.
Features of care A period of winter rest is needed. The lower leaves eventually turn yellow and fall off. In summer it is useful to take the plant out onto the street or balcony. During the flowering period, the plant can not be turned.
Difficulties It is affected by spider mites, thrips and aphids. Root rot is possible with excessive watering. When exposed to stress factors, it can discard all foliage, which is then restored
Air cleaning
Toxicity The juice that is released during pruning irritates the skin, therefore avoid contact with the eyes.


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