Clusiasia

Clusiasia

Life form Shrub, tree
Family Clusiaceae
Origin Tropical regions of the southern hemisphere, America
Ease of cultivation Requires special care
The size Usually from 40 cm to 1.5 m in height in an apartment. In nature up to 3-6 m.
Growth rate Low
Lifespan With proper care for many years.
Temperature In the summer: 71,6-77 ° F, in winter 60,8 ° F. Do not allow a sharp drop in temperature, the result may be a fall of leaves.
Humidity Very high humidity is required. Sprinkle at least once a day in the morning the underside of the leaves with soft water. Put the pot in a tray with wet pebbles so that the bottom of the pot does not touch the water.
Lighting Scattered light or partial shade.
The soil Suitable ready soil with acidity pH 4.5-5.5. For the soil of own preparation it is possible to take equal parts of peat, humus, turf and sand. You can add one part of the land from under the coniferous forest. It is necessary to use drainage.
Watering In the summer, abundant regular watering once a week. In winter, watering is reduced.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn every month, feed on liquid fertilizer, diluted threefold.
Reproduction Semilignified apical cuttings of about 10 cm from July to September teplichke (or covered with polyethylene) with a lower heated in a mixture of peat and perlite with IAA.After rooting (about a month), plant it separately in a pot. Rooted quite difficult. Clouseau also propagated by seed, and air layering. Seeds very quickly lose their germination, so they should be sown as quickly as possible. When working with seeds, gloves should be worn.
Bloom Cream or pink flowers, in the conditions of an apartment blooms seldom.
Transfer As rarely as possible, every 2-3 years, only if the pot is small.
Features of care Do not allow drafts and sudden temperature changes. It is useful to trim the spring weak shoots, air roots and pinch the tops of branches for better branching.
Difficulties Most often affected Clouseau scale insects, spider mites, mealybugs. In general, the plant is sufficiently resistant to pests and diseases. Sometimes there are spots on the leaves, it is also possible root rot.
Air cleaning
Toxicity


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