Hechtia

Hechtia

Life form Herbaceous
Family Bromeliaceae
Origin Mexico
Ease of cultivation Lung
The size Size up to 1.5 m.
Growth rate Average
Lifespan Up to 5-10 years.
Temperature About 77-86 ° F in summer, in winter – up to 46,4 ° F, but can withstand short-term temperature drops of up to 41 ° F.
Humidity Does not matter so much. Do not spray; this damages small hairs on the leaves that serve to reflect sunlight.
Lighting Bright directional light provides flowering. However, it can grow (but not bloom) in the penumbra.
The soil Easy fertile soil of a mixture of deciduous humus, sand and peat. You can use one part of peat and coarse sand. Drainage is mandatory.
Watering Keep the soil constantly moist in summer during active growth, water with soft water at least once every 8-12 days, soaking the soil well. In winter, watering is more temperate, the land should dry out between waterings.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, once a month, soluble fertilizers in a half dose. You can spray the plant with a solution of fertilizer. The plant does not require abundant feeding, but if you use it, Hecht will grow faster. In winter, you do not need to be fed.
Reproduction Offspring from the mother plant, when they reach a third of its height. To separate the baby, use a sharp knife, sprinkle the cut with charcoal. After drying the baby (within 2 days), put it in the main substrate. The plant has spines, so it should be done with gloves.
Bloom Small white flowers, not of great value.
Transfer Transplant in the spring every year in a larger pot. The plant has a powerful root system. The larger the pot, the larger the plant will grow.
Features of care The flowers should be pruned after flowering. The plant loves airing. Sometimes it is necessary to pour water into the funnel of a plant.
Difficulties Possible scabies, mealybus and chervets. Plants with proper care are very rarely affected by pests.
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