Chrysothemis

Chrysothemis

Life form Bush
Family Gesneriaceae
Origin Panama, Brazil
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow plant with little difficulty, as all Gesneriaceae
The size Usually from 2 to 30 cm in height.
Growth rate High
Lifespan Several years with proper care.
Temperature In the summer: 68-77 ° F, in winter not lower than 60,8 ° F.
Humidity High. Do not spray, put the pot in a tray with wet pebbles.
Lighting Scattered light. Suitable for east and west window. It is necessary to shade from too bright sun rays.
The soil Suitable lightweight breathable primer. For the soil of own preparation, you can take 1 part of the garden land, 1 part of coarse-grained sand or perlite, 1 part of wet peat or humus (leafy earth) and a little lime. It is mandatory to use drainage.
Watering During flowering, regular watering, the soil should not dry up, but overflowing and stagnant moisture is dangerous, especially in cool conditions. In summer, watering can be done by immersing the pot in a container of water. Use only soft water. Before and after flowering watering is more temperate, the soil should dry out a bit between waterings.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, every two weeks, a liquid fertilizer, diluted two-fold.
Reproduction The apical cuttings in spring in a greenhouse (or covered with polyethylene) with a lower heating (temperature not lower than +68 ° F) in a mixture of peat and perlite using heteroauxin. It is practiced multiplying seeds, which after germination are dived twice, transplanting. Also hrizotemis propagated by dividing the tubers during the transplant. In addition, the small air nodules formed in hrizotemisa in the leaf axils, they can also be separated and used for breeding.
Bloom They bloom in summer with yellow tubular flowers with red sepals.
Transfer Annually in the spring the overwintered nodules are transplanted.
Features of care In summer it is desirable to take out on the street or balcony. The plant has a period of rest, when shoots die. The nodules are stored in sand in a dark cool place.
Difficulties Affected spider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies. Possible decay of the neck of the plant from parasitic fungi when kept in conditions of high humidity. When water gets on the leaves, yellow spots form on them.
Air cleaning
Toxicity


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