Callistemon

Callistemon

Life form Bush
Family Myrtaceae
Origin Australia, Tasmania and New Caledonia
Ease of cultivation Medium difficulty
The size Can reach heights up to 1-2 m in room conditions in a large pot.
Growth rate Average
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In summer, prefers room temperature, in winter it is desirable to have a cool content on the veranda at a temperature of 42,8-44,6 ° F. Otherwise Callistemon can not bloom.
Humidity High humidity is required, Callistemon transports dry air and good ventilation. However, it is desirable to spray in the summer every 2-3 days.
Lighting A sunny place, a few hours of direct sunshine a day. In dim light will not Callistemon bloom.
The soil Ready-made rich weakly acidic primer is suitable for general use. For the soil of own preparation, take 1 part of turf ground, 1 part of coarse-grained sand or perlite, 1 part of wet peat or humus, 1 part of leaf land. Good drainage and a pot with a hole is required.
Watering Watering with soft water in summer once a week, and in winter every 8-10 days. The substrate should dry slightly between waterings. The plant is drought-resistant and does not tolerate water stagnation.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn every 2 weeks with complex fertilizer without lime. It is good to use organic fertilizers.
Reproduction The apical cuttings are from August to March at a soil temperature of 64,4-68 ° F. Cuttings 5-8 cm long are cut from the side shoots. Lower leaves are terminated, sections were treated kornevinom. Plant cuttings in a mixture of peat and sand and cover with a film. Root at room temperature. After rooting, they are planted separately. Callistemonbloom in 2.5-3 years.Can be propagated by seeds, sowing is carried out in March. They are sown to the surface of the substrate from peat and sand, the top is lightly sprinkled with soil, covered with polyethylene and germinated in diffuse light at a temperature of not less than 69,8 ° F. It is timely to form the crown, pinching the sprout at the correct height. In this case, the plant will blossom in 3-4 years.
Bloom In spring and summer the flowers are without petals in red stamens. Spicule inflorescences up to 5-15 cm long resemble a dishwashing brush.
Transfer Young – every year, as far as braiding the roots of an earthy coma, in the spring, as soon as new leaves appear. When the plant reaches a large size, it is enough only to change the top layer of the soil.
Features of care For the summer it is good to take the plant in the garden. Callistemon can be grown in open ground. Requires regular pruning after flowering: shoots can be cut to a length of up to 50 cm.
Difficulties Affected mealybugs, scale insects, aphids, thrips and spider mites. leaves Callistemon can wither from excessive watering or from a large number of fertilizers in the soil.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Non-toxic


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