Howea

Howea

Life form Tree
Family Aracaceae
Origin About Islands Lord Hauv in the Pacific Ocean near the Avtralii
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size From 1,5 to 4 m in a pot
Growth rate Very low – 2 sheets per year
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In summer: the upper limit is 75,2 ° F. The optimum temperature is 64,4-69,8 ° F. In winter, 60,8-64,4 ° F, Howea forsteriana withstands a temperature of 50 ° F.
Humidity Increased, at least 50%. During the summer it is required to spray 2 times a week. In winter – 1 time per week. It is useful to take the plant out in the rain.
Lighting A bright diffused light, it is best to place the plant in a tub near the south-west or south-east window. However, the plant adapts to the conditions of partial shade.
The soil Ready ground is suitable   “Palm”. For a soil of own preparation to take:   2 parts of sod land, 2 parts of wet peat or humus (leafy earth), 1 part of coarse sand or perlite. Requires a pot with a hole.
Watering Abundant in summer, 2 times a week. In winter, less often – every 10-14 days, the soil in winter should be hardly damp, it should dry up to a depth of 5-6 cm.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, regularly fed once every 2 weeks with a soluble fertilizer for palms.
Reproduction It is possible to reproduce with fresh seeds, which are soaked overnight in water and are sown in a mixture of peat and perlite, lightly sprinkled with earth and sprouted under the film at a temperature of 80,6 ° F. Each day, the greenhouse should be ventilated, taking off the film for 5 minutes. After germination, remove the film. Seedlings grow very slowly.
Bloom In the home culture blooms extremely rarely. Inflorescences are long panicles.
Transfer Young plants are transplanted every spring. Like all palms, it does not respond well to transplantation. In large specimens, it is sufficient to change the topsoil. The plant needs a deep pot, because root system is very powerful.
Features of care In the summer it is desirable to take out on the street. It is required to regularly remove the dried leaves in the base of the plant. It is necessary to ventilate the room more often, but do not keep the plant in a draft. Leaves should be wiped periodically with a damp cloth.
Difficulties It is affected by spider mites, scale insects, scale insects, thrips. Very often, even in healthy plant tips of the leaves turn brown, which is a sign of dry air. The leaves turn brown entirely if the plant is parched. The plant blackens and rots at the base, if it is flooded. The plant ceases to grow in the spring, if it is required to transplant or urgent top dressing.
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