Gesneria

Gesneria

Life form Bush
Family Gesneriaceae
Origin South America, Antilles
Ease of cultivation Requires special conditions
The size Usually from 2 to 30 cm in height.
Growth rate High
Lifespan Several years with proper care. With insufficient humidity for several weeks.
Temperature In the summer: 68-77 ° F, in the winter not below 59 ° F. .
Humidity High. Do not spray, put the pot in a tray with wet pebbles
Lighting The scattered light. Suitable for east and west windows.
The soil Suitable lightweight breathable primer. For own soil, you can take   1 part of the garden land, 1 part of coarse sand or perlite, 1 part of wet peat or humus (leafy earth) and a little bit of lime. It is mandatory to use drainage.
Watering During flowering, regular watering, the soil should not dry up, but overflowing is dangerous. In summer, watering can be done by immersing the pot in a container of water. Use only soft water. Before and after flowering watering is more temperate, the soil should dry out a bit between waterings.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, every two weeks, a liquid fertilizer, diluted two-fold.
Reproduction The apical cuttings in spring in a greenhouse (or covered with polyethylene) with a lower heating in a mixture of peat and perlite using heteroauxin. Also multiplies by seeds.Can be propagated by parts of a sheet. It is practiced multiplying seeds, which after germination are dived twice, transplanting.
Bloom Blossom in the spring red-orange tubular flowers.
Transfer Every spring transplanted  nodules.
Features of care In summer it is desirable to take out on the street or balcony. The plant has a period of rest, when shoots die. The nodules are stored in sand in a dark cool place.
Difficulties Affected spider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies. Possible decay of the neck of the plant from parasitic fungi when kept in conditions of high humidity. When water gets on the leaves, yellow spots form on them.
Air cleaning
Toxicity


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