Duvalia

Duvalia

Life form Succulent
Family Asclepiadaceae
Origin Eastern and Southern Africa.
Ease of cultivation Easy
The size The low-grown plant. The shoots are recumbent, up to 5 cm in length, 2.5 cm in diameter.
Growth rate Low
Lifespan For many years, the bush constantly gives new shoots.
Temperature In the summer: room, in winter it is desirable not lower than 59 ° F. However, it can carry the temperature below 41 ° F for a short period.
Humidity Low.
Lighting Bright diffused light, however, directional light is only needed for a short time. Desirably small, can not be placed next to the glass plant, because possible burns.
The soil Suitable light soil for succulents with a small addition of sand. For a mixture of own preparation, take:   3 parts of coarse sand or perlite, 2 parts of garden land, 2 parts of humus (leafy earth), 2 parts of peat, 1 part of charcoal and bone meal.
Watering The top layer of soil between waterings in the summer should dry up. Water approximately every 20-28 days with one or two glasses of water, in November and February, not more often than once a month, in December and January almost no watering.
Fertilizer During growth, once a month, feed it with diluted fertilizer for cacti. It is desirable to use fertilizers rich in potassium and with a lower relative content of nitrogen.
Reproduction From May to July stem cauliflower, which must first be dried. Root in peat, sand, water. Seed multiplication is possible in April. Seeds are germinated in a mixture of peat and sand, shoots appear after about 3-4 weeks.
Bloom The flowers are 2-3 cm in Diameter brownish-purple color (the outside in some species of green) appear at the bottom of the shoots. Blooms in summer and autumn.
Transfer In the spring, every 2 years, shallow dishes are required. It is advisable to use clay pots, in which the soil dries faster.
Features of care A winter rest period is required
Difficulties Rarely affected by pests. Root rot is possible with excessive watering. There may be a mealybug and fungal diseases.
Air cleaning
Toxicity


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