Corokia

Corokia

Life form Shrub, tree
Family Cornaceae
Origin New Zealand
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size Can reach a height of more than 1.5 – 2.5 m without trimming.
Growth rate Very high, the stems extend by 15 to 20 cm per year.
Lifespan Perennial plant, up to 10 years and more in a pot.
Temperature Desirable cool content. In summer: not higher than 68 ° F, in winter 41-50 ° F. Easily tolerates a drop in temperature.
Humidity Average. Carries dry air, but responds well to spraying, especially when the heating is on.
Lighting Desirable bright light south window with a little shading. Also a western window is suitable.
The soil An easy fertile soil is suitable. For a soil of own preparation to take:   1 part of sod land, 1 part of coarse sand or perlite, 1 part of wet peat or humus (leaf land). Good drainage and a hole in the pot are required.
Watering Moderate, in summer, not more often 1 time per week, in winter – every 2 weeks. The soil between watering should dry up.
Fertilizer From spring to August every 3-4 months with soluble mineral or organic fertilizer. Granular fertilizers can be used.
Reproduction The apical semi-lignified cuttings with 1-3 leaves, which are planted in a mixture of peat and sand at the end of winter or early spring, the temperature is 68-71,6. The tops of the cuttings for branching immediately pinch. It is possible to propagate by seeds, planting them in a mixture of peat and sand under a polyethylene film, the seeds germinate slowly, then they are planted.
Bloom Small yellow five-petalled star-shaped flowers blooming in the spring.
Transfer Young plants are transplanted once in 1-2 years in the spring, and adults – every 2-3 years. Too often should not be transplanted.
Features of care In the summer it is desirable to take out on the street. The plant is resistant even to the smoke from the air. The plant should undergo regular pruning. Suitable for bonsai.
Difficulties It is affected by aphids, fungal diseases. The plant stretches out, loses its compact shape with a lack of light. The leaves grow smaller in poor soil. The lower leaves prematurely turn yellow and fall off due to abrupt temperature fluctuations or irregular irrigation. Black spots on the leaves from excess moisture in the soil. Leaves can dry from dry air. Slow growth and thin shoots with a shortage of food.
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