Ceropegia

Ceropegia

Life form Herbaceous, liana
Family Asclepiadaceae
Origin South Africa, Zimbabwe
Ease of cultivation Easy enough for growing a plant, suitable for beginners
The size Shoots grow to 1 m in a pot in length
Growth rate Up to 30-45 cm per year in length, new shoots grow from the tubers, thus the plant grows in breadth.
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: preferably at daytime 69,8-73,4 ° F, and at night 50-59 ° F. The plant tolerates the heat well.
Humidity Requires not too high air humidity (not more than 40-50%), it tolerates dry air well.
Lighting Bright scattered light, requires shading from the hot midday rays. An eastern or western window will do.
The soil The soil must be breathable, sand or perlite with peat should be added if it is too dense. For a mixture of own preparation, take: 3 pieces of leafy land, 2 turfy ground, 2 parts of humus, 1 part of sand. Good drainage is required. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering The soil should be moderately moist and dry 2-3 cm before the next watering. Watering soft water is not more than 2 times per month in the summer (if not very dry and hot).In winter, watering is limited to 1 time every 20-30 days. It is required to watch, so that the leaves do not fade.
Fertilizer During the growing season, once a month, a special liquid fertilizer for succulents, diluted twice. You can sometimes use organic fertilizer.
Reproduction It is possible to propagate by cutting apical cuttings 8-10 cm long, which have several buds, for woodchips, it is better to take cuttings with nodules before rooting, cut off the 2 lower leaves before rooting, preferably root, 68 ° F. Cover the container with polyethylene or glass on top. In water there is a big risk of rotting cuttings.It is possible to multiply by air layers, which are formed if the sprigs of Ceropegia are laid, folded spirally on the surface of the soil; Nodules and subordinate roots soon develop in the place of contact with the soil. In conditions of high humidity, wood nodules are formed directly on the shoots. It is being spread also by seeds, which are planted in spring in a mixture of light soil or peat with sand. Seeds are lightly sprinkled with earth, cover the plate with glass or polyethylene. Shoots later dive.
Bloom Bloom in the summer. Original flowers in the form of a lantern greenish pink color about 1 cm in size appear in the axils of the leaves.
Transfer In April, once in 3-4 years in spring, it is better to grow in close and low pots. Transplant should only be very overgrown plants. At the same time, it is necessary to be extremely cautious and only slightly shake the soil: thin shoots of Ceropegia are very easily broken.
Features of care The plant does not like drafts. The sprouting shoots are often strongly entangled, in this case it is almost impossible to separate them. Therefore, you should take care in advance of the support, it can be done in the form of a ladder or a flexible arch. You can grow in hanging baskets.  Sometimes the nodules of Ceropegia are used for grafting other plants of the family.
Difficulties It is affected most often by mealybugs, as well as spider mites, aphids. The stems are stretched, the leaves twist and lose their marble color with a lack of light. In conditions of too bright illumination the leaves turn red-violet, small, interstice shortens. With excess moisture, roots and stems may rot, old leaves may prematurely turn yellow and fall off.
Air cleaning
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