Iresine

Iresine

Life form Herbaceous
Family Amaranthaceae
Origin Brazil, Ecuador
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size They can reach large sizes (up to 60-80 cm), but it is better to form plants 30 cm high and wide by regular pruning. Small plants look more attractive,
Growth rate High, up to 25 cm and more per year. Irezine growth continues throughout the year.
Lifespan They live a long time, but it is desirable to rejuvenate the plant from the cuttings.
Temperature In summer: preferably not higher than 75,2 ° F; in winter, a minimum of 55,4 ° F. Irezine grows well in the garden until the first frost.
Humidity Medium, carries the dry air of the rooms, but it is better to place it in a tray with wet gravel or spray every 2 days.
Lighting The plant loves bright light, it should be pritenyat on the south window. In case of insufficient illumination, the leaves of the plant lose their bright color and become green
The soil It can grow in almost any soil, for example, 1 part of garden earth, 1 part of the ground sheet,   1 part   coarse sand or perlite and 1 part peat. Drainage is required. Always use a pot with an opening.
Watering Requires abundant watering, at least once in 2 days in summer, in winter more moderately – once a week. Especially often it is necessary to water the plants in bright light, their leaves evaporate a lot of moisture and when the substrate dries quickly they subside.
Fertilizer Once every 2-3 weeks, a liquid fertilizer containing more potassium and less nitrogen. The plant responds well to organic fertilizers.
Reproduction In spring or summer cut cuttings 5-8 cm long with 1-2 knots and put them in wet sand under a plastic wrap. At a temperature of 69,8 ° F, roots will soon appear. Plant the plant in a small pot and, as it grows, pinch the top twice for better branching. Cuttings easily take root in the water.
Bloom Flowers unattractive, collected in spicate inflorescences.
Transfer Transplant at any time of the year, when the pot becomes small for the plant.
Features of care The main difficulty is the formation of an attractive appearance of the plant. The plant should be regularly cut and pricked for branching. Cuttings can be used for plant propagation.
Difficulties Infestation of aphids, whitefly, spider mite. Leaves wilt when the soil dries up (the plant should be placed in a vessel with water), with prolonged drying, they can fall off. The leaves become shallow and green, the stems are stretched in low light. The leaves and stems of the plant become soft and droop when too cold (all drooping parts should be cut off).
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