Castanospermum

Castanospermum

Life form Shrub, tree
Family Fabaceae
Origin Australia
Ease of cultivation Easy with small difficulties
The size Up to 1.5 m in height
Growth rate Slowly growing
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: up to 64,4-73,4 ° F, in winter not lower than 60,8 ° F.
Humidity The plant should be sprayed on hot days in summer, and in winter, if the plant is near the central heating radiators
Lighting Bright diffused light, does not tolerate prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. It is best to grow on a western or eastern window.
The soil Ready ground is suitable   general purpose with the addition of a small amount of sand. For soil preparation: 1 part of the sod land, 1 part sheet, 1 part compost and 1 part coarse-grained sand or perlite, in the soil there may be clumps of clay and brick chips. Need good drainage. Always use a pot with a hole.   pH =” 5.9.
Watering Pour water at room temperature. The substrate must be moist, but not wet, because stagnant water is harmful to the plant. Watered when the soil dries to a depth of 2-3 cm. In winter, watering is even more moderate.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, 2 times a month podkarlivayut liquid fertilizer.
Reproduction Seeds in the spring. Pre-soaked (24 hours) and swollen seeds to be planted in a mixture of peat and perlite, half buried in the substrate, cover polyethylene, placed under indirect light or fluorescent lamps. Maintain a temperature of 64,4-77 ° F. Transplant the plants when the first pair of leaves form.
Bloom At home, unfortunately, do not bloom. In nature, bloom in November-December, red flowers have a size of 3-4 cm, in their place then develop pods.
Transfer Rasteie repot when the soil begins to dry out too quickly (in less than 3 days).
Features of care It loves the sun because it is a thermophilic and hygrophilous plant. In young sprouts for several months cotyledons are retained in the base of the plant.
Difficulties Affected spider mites, mealybugs, scale insects and thrips. Leaves pale from lack of light, and turn yellow in the summer due to exposure to direct sunlight. Too slow growth is observed, as a rule, due to a lack of nutrients. If the leaves wilt and fall in the winter, it is obviously the result of exposure to too low temperatures. The tips of the leaves dry out in too dry air.
Air cleaning
Toxicity The plant is toxic to animals and small children


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