Cryptanthus

Cryptanthus

Life form Herbaceous
Family Bromeliaceae
Origin Brazil
Ease of cultivation Lung
The size From 10 to 38 cm.
Growth rate 2-3 new sheets per year.
Lifespan Perennial plant about 3 years. After flowering, the rosette of the leaves dies, reproduction by the daughter outlets is required.
Temperature 64,4-75,2 ° F in the summer, not lower than 59 ° F in the winter.
Humidity Not less than 60%. The plant is preferably sprayed with soft, settled water. Leaves can not be wiped.
Lighting Bright diffused light, suitable eastern and western windows, on the south need to make shade. The plant tolerates direct sun light, however, the bright color of the leaves will be lost.
The soil Light from a mixture of fertile soil foliar humus, sand and peat supplemented with sphagnum and bark pieces. You can use one part of peat and coarse sand.Drainage is mandatory.
Watering In summer, water 2-3 times a week. In winter, not more often than every 10 days.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, once every 3 weeks, use soluble fertilizers.
Reproduction Children from the mother plant, when they reach a height of about 10-20 cm. For separation, use a sharp knife, sprinkle the cut with charcoal. The baby does not need to have its own roots, sometimes the offspring fall away from the mother plant itself. After drying, put the child in the main substrate, where it is germinated, regularly spraying. Seed propagation is possible. Seeds are germinated in a mini-greenhouse at a temperature of 77 ° F, they are sown in a mixture of sand and sphagnum. The seedlings appear after about 3 weeks. When they have 2-3 leaves (3-4 months), the seedlings should be dived and transplanted into separate pots.
Bloom Blossoms usually in the summer with small, ordinary flowers.
Transfer In fact, the transplant is not necessary, because the root system of the plant is very small.
Features of care The plant can be grown without soil on a piece of bark, in which a hole is cut. In this hole is placed a plant whose roots must be wrapped with moss-sphagnum. If the tips of the leaves from the dry air become brown, they need to be cut off, but not in living tissue, but slightly higher.
Difficulties Perhaps the emergence of whitefly, root mealybug, spider mites. Rotting rosette is observed because of excessive watering at too low a temperature. The leaves twist and become like paper, when it’s too hot and dry; become lethargic and droop when it is too dark and dry. If the air humidity is too low, the leaves wither or become brown. With lack of light, the leaves become faded.
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