Clerodendrum

Clerodendrum

Life form Grassy, ​​bush
Family Verbenaceae
Origin West Africa (Congo, Guinea), Tropical Asia, South America.
Ease of cultivation Easy with small difficulties
The size 70-80 cm in height, grows up to 2.5 m.
Growth rate Average
Lifespan Perennial.
Temperature In the summer: 64,4-71,6 ° F, the plant is desirable for a cool wintering, when it is better to maintain a temperature of about 55,4-59 ° F.
Humidity Not less than 60%. Sprinkle with soft water and keep in moist pebbles. In winter, spray a little less often, but keep away from the radiators.
Lighting Bright diffused light. Shade from direct sunlight. The east window is ideal.
The soil For a mixture of own preparation, take: 1 part of the turf ground, 1 part coarse-grained sand or perlite and 1 part peat or humus. Always use a pot with a hole and a powerful drain (at least 2-4 cm).
Watering In summer it is necessary to water every 4-7 days. In winter every 10-14 days. The top layer between the watering should lightly dry out.
Fertilizer In summer every 1-2 weeks. The plant should be fattened after pruning.
Reproduction For reproduction, semi-stubby sprouts and cuttings obtained by cutting can be used. Root in a mixture of wet peat and perlite in conditions of high humidity at a temperature of 75,2 ° F, it is possible to pre-treat the stalk with heteroauxin. It is required to cover the container with polyethylene or glass, which can be removed after about 3 weeks. You can root simply in the water. The plants grown from seeds bloom for the second year. Seeds are sown in February-March. Temperature 60,8 ° F at night and 68 ° F in the afternoon.
Bloom The flowers are collected in a brush, their characteristic feature is the filaments and pestle protruding far beyond the petals. Blossoms from June to September.
Transfer Every year in April. It is also desirable to immediately transplant the plant bought in the store. The plant should be a bit cramped in the pot, so it will be better to bloom.
Features of care Shoots should be directed along the support or leave them hanging from the pot. Plants should be regularly cut by half in the spring, and pinch to form a bushy shape. For best bloom it is better to give the plant a short period of rest in winter and keep it in cool conditions. At this time, it can discard some of the leaves.
Difficulties The lower leaves fade and turn yellow and fall off from drying the substrate. Normal is the fall of a part of the leaves in winter. The plant does not bloom most often due to the lack of a cool wintering. Leaves become pale, shoots strongly stretched when the plant needs podkormke. Flowers fall either due to low temperature, either due to dry air, either due to lack of watering. It is affected by mites and whiteflies.
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