Dichorisandra

Dichorisandra

Life form Herbaceous, ampel, liana
Family Commelinaceae
Origin Central and South America, Brazil, Peru
Ease of cultivation Less easily, in comparison with Tradescantia, a plant for growing.
The size At home, it can reach a length of up to 60 cm.
Growth rate It grows fast.
Lifespan Perennial plants. However, over time, the plant needs to be pruned
Temperature In the summer: 64,4-75,2 ° F, in winter it is better to keep the temperature at least 60,8 ° F.
Humidity The plant requires humidity of about 50%, it is best to place the pot with the plant in a pot filled with moist moss. It can adapt to short low humidity conditions.
Lighting It prefers bright diffused light (eastern or western windows). Easily adapt to partial shade. With excessive light, the leaves may turn red. When the light enough leaves form a beautiful silvery strip.
The soil For the soil of own preparation, take: 1 part of leaf land, 1 part of peat land, 1 part of coarse-grained sand or perlite, 1 part of sod land. The pH should be neutral.
Watering Needs abundant watering. In spring and summer, watered 2 times a week by standing water, the soil should not dry out, but water stagnation should not be tolerated. In winter, watered no more than 1 time per week. The soil between watering should be only slightly moist.
Fertilizer Spring and summer 1 every 2 weeks with liquid fertilizer.
Reproduction This plant reproduces by cuttings, which are planted in a mixture of peat and moss or are rooted in water. The second method of reproduction is by dividing the bush during transplantation. The plant is spread  as seeds. They are sown in a bowl into a mixture of leaf, peat, turf and sand. Germinate at a temperature of 71,6-75,2 ° F. After germination, shoots are dived and planted separately.
Bloom Blooms in summer with small blue flowers in racemose inflorescences.
Transfer They are transplanted every 2-3 years. However, with age, shoots are bare, they should be replaced with young cuttings.
Features of care After flowering, the plant is not cut during the winter to form new flower buds. Nevertheless, with age, the plant needs to be trimmed. It should also be cut too overgrown roots.
Difficulties It is affected by a mealybugs. The tips of the leaves dry when too hot and dry or too much light. Too slow growth is observed with a lack of nutrition. Roots can decay with excessive watering.
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