Lampranthus

Lampranthus

Life form Succulent
Family Aizoaceae
Origin South Africa
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size 20-25 centimeters, up to 60 cm in height.
Growth rate A few centimeters per year.
Lifespan Many years
Temperature In the summer: room, although the plant tolerates heat, in winter minimum 50 ° F. Lampranthus can tolerate lower temperatures (up to 19,4 ° F), but only for a short time.
Humidity Low, lampranthus tolerates dry air
Lighting Bright sun, some direct sunlight. Suitable south, south-west window. In the shade, the plant does not bloom, weak branches.
The soil Suitable light permeable shop soil for succulents with a small addition of sand. For a mixture of self-cooking should take: 1 part leaf soil, 1 part soil and 1 part coarse sand or perlite, peat is better not to add. Good drainage is required.
Watering The top layer of soil between waterings in the summer should dry up. Watering soft water approximately every 12-15 days, in November and February 1 once a month, in December and January watered only when the leaves wither. Over-watering is the main cause of plant death.
Fertilizer In summer, feed a weak solution of fertilizer for cacti every 4 weeks.
Reproduction Seed propagation is possible. Germinate rather easily for 3 weeks in the light at the temperature of 59 ° F. It is desirable to plant in a container with a soil mixture with good drainage. From above it is better to pour a layer of sand, into it to a depth of 2 mm it is necessary to plant seeds. In the future, water them regularly and carefully so that the seeds do not surface. In case of stagnant moisture, the seeds can rot. When the seedlings reach 3-5 mm in height, they can be seated.At the end of summer they propagate by cuttings. On the cuttings cut off the tips of shoots with several nodes, it is desirable to cut them in the place where the shoot slightly lignified. The cuttings should dry out a bit in the air. Its treated kornevinom (can do without it) and germinated cutting into the sand sprinkled on a layer of peat. Leaves should not touch the sand. The sand is moistened, the container is put in a warm, bright place. Rooted cuttings are planted several times in a low pot.
Bloom Blossoms depending on the type of pink, purple, orange or red flowers on the ends of the shoots. Bloom mainly in the summer from several weeks to a longer time.
Transfer In the spring, every 2-3 years, use a shallow dish. When transplanting cut stripped shoots.
Features of care In summer it is preferable to keep in the air in a place protected from rain. Flowers should be removed in a timely manner. Lampranthus can be used to create a mini-garden of succulents.
Difficulties It is affected most often by mealybugs, downy mildew. Possible root rot if over-watering the plant when it stops the growth, the leaves turn yellow and fall off. On the leaves appear areas of dry tissue as a result of sunburn. The leaves wrinkle, and the tips of the shoots droop because of insufficient watering (the plant should be placed in a vessel with water for a while). The stems are stretched, the leaves grow smaller with a lack of light.
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