Chamaeranthemum

Chamaeranthemum

Life form Herbaceous
Family Acanthaceae
Origin Tropics of South America, Brazil
Ease of cultivation Easy with small difficulties
The size About 9-12 cm in height
Growth rate Not high.
Lifespan Perennial.
Temperature In the summer: 75,2 ° F, in the winter not below +59 ° F.
Humidity Sprinkle with soft water and keep in moist pebbles.
Lighting Bright diffused light. Shade on the southern window, especially on too hot days. The east window is ideal. It takes half a shadow, but the color of the leaves becomes less bright.
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: 1 part of the turf ground, 1 part coarse-grained sand or perlite; 2 parts of peat or humus and 2 parts of leaf land. Always use a pot with an opening and drainage.
Watering The soil must be constantly moist. However, one should also beware of overflow. During growth requires plenty of water at least 2 times a week, after flowering – not more than 1 time per week.
Fertilizer During the growing season every 10-15 days, liquid fertilizer, alternating organic and mineral. The plant requires a rather fertile soil.
Reproduction For reproduction, cuttings obtained by cutting can be used. The stalk must have at least 2 leaves. Root in a mixture of wet peat and perlite in conditions of high humidity at a temperature of 68-71,6 ° F, pre-treating the stalk with heteroauxin. Probably multiplication by seeds, which should be sown in early spring. It also reproduces the shoots that form next to the mother plant.
Bloom Spicate inflorescences, white flowers (malodecorative), blooms in summer: from July to September, faded inflorescences should be removed.
Transfer Once in 2-3 years.
Features of care Poorly carries drafts, smell of gas and oil soot. In summer it is good to take out into the street to the shade.
Difficulties In dry air, the tips of the leaves dry, the leaves fall off in the summer as a result of sunburn or because of dry air, and in winter, most likely because of the drying of the soil. As a result of a sunburn, brown spots on the leaves may also appear. The base of the stems decays with excessive moisture of the soil in the cold, and slow growth, smaller new leaves and lack of flowering are observed with a shortage of food. The plant can fade as a result of the action of a draft. It is affected by a spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, scutellum and false-tine.
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