Dischidia

Dischidia

Life form Herbaceous, liana
Family Asclepiadaceae
Origin Tropical regions of China, India, Indochina, Philippines.
Ease of cultivation Easy enough for growing a plant, suitable for beginners.
The size Shoots grow to 1 m in a pot in length.
Growth rate At home, it grows quite slowly.
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: preferably at daytime 64,4-82,4 ° F, in the winter not below 64,4 ° F. The plant tolerates the heat well.
Humidity Requires a sufficiently high humidity of air (more than 40-50%), so it is preferable to grow in terrariums. Otherwise, it is desirable to spray as often as possible, but it can adapt to more arid conditions, but develop fully is not.
Lighting Bright diffused light is required make shade from the hot midday rays. An eastern or western window will do.
The soil The plant can be grown in pine bark, substrate for orchids. However, it is necessary for   Dischidia ovata   and   Dischidia pectenoides  to use soil that must be breathable, sand or perlite with peat should be added if it is too dense. To a mixture of homemade must take: 3 parts sphagnum, 2 parts of leaf soil or peat, 1 part sand. Good drainage is required. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering If the plant is contained in the bark, it is sufficient to moisten the substrate 1-2 times a week. In other cases, the soil should be moderately moist and dry 2-3 cm before the next watering. Water with soft water is not more often 2-3 times a month in the summer (if not very dry and hot). In winter, watering is limited to 1 time every 20-30 days. It is required to watch, so that the leaves do not fade.
Fertilizer During the growing season, 2 times a year – in April and mid-July – with a special liquid fertilizer for succulents, diluted two-fold. You can sometimes use organic fertilizer.
Reproduction Perhaps propagated apical cuttings 8-10 cm long, which have several kidney, it is desirable to process kornevinom, rooting in moist mixture of peat and sand at a temperature of not lower than 69 ° F. Cover the container with polyethylene or glass on top. In water there is a big risk of rotting cuttings.Propagated also by seeds, which are planted in spring in a mixture of light soil or peat with sand. Seeds are lightly sprinkled with earth, cover the plate with glass or polyethylene. Shoots later dive.
Bloom Bloom in the summer, sometimes 2 times a year. Flowers have 5 petals, color from white to red, pink and purple.
Transfer In April, once a year in the spring.
Features of care The plant has powerful leaves that red on the the inside. The leaves are storing moisture and nutrients and naturally settle ants. You can grow in hanging baskets. It is necessary to take care of the support in advance, it can be made in the form of a ladder or a flexible arch. The plant should be periodically trimmed.   Dischidia ovata can bloom after sudden temperature fluctuations.
Difficulties With excess moisture, roots and stems may decay, overflowing is much more dangerous for a plant than a lack of moisture. With excessive light, the leaves may turn red. It is affected most often by mealybugs, as well as a spider mites, aphids. The plant suffers from insufficient air humidity, and it may not develop bubbly leaves.
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