Leea

Leea

Life form Bush
Family Leeaceae
Origin Burma, India, Malaysia
Ease of cultivation Average in complexity of growing a plant
The size From 50 cm to 1.2 m in length and width.
Growth rate In a year it grows to 60 cm.
Lifespan Perennial plant, from 3 to 8 years in an apartment.
Temperature In summer: the best increase at a temperature of 77-82,4 ° F, in the winter of the Leu requires a cool, the minimum temperature is 60,8 ° F. At a lower temperature, growth stops, and leaves may begin to fall. The plant responds very badly to cold air, therefore it is necessary to ventilate the room in winter with caution.
Humidity Optimum humidity of about 68-80%, regular (at least 2 times a week) spraying of leaves on both sides with soft water is required. It is desirable to put the pot on a pallet with moist pebbles.
Lighting It should be placed in a bright diffused light at the eastern window. It can grow in the penumbra, however, when there is a lack of light, the lei stretches out, the leaves fade, and when they are full of light they turn yellow. Especially important is bright lighting in winter.
The soil Suitable soil ready, which should be rich and loose (pH 5.5-6.8> for the soil to take home-made:. 1 part leaf soil, 1 part sod land, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part peat land is required. pot with a hole.
Watering In summer and winter – once a week, watered with soft warm water. In case of extreme heat, water every day. The soil should be slightly moist at all times and never dry completely. The plant is sensitive to both excessive and inadequate watering.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, regularly fed once every 2 weeks with a complex soluble fertilizer. Organic fertilizer is useful.
Reproduction It propagates in the spring with apical cuttings (it is possible to have one sheet with a small piece of the stem), which should be ripened, tk. young cuttings can not take root. It is desirable to treat the cut with a rootstock, rooting in a mixture of peat with sand in a shady place, covering the stalk with polyethylene and keeping the temperature 71,6-77 ° F (with bottom heating). Also multiplies by air layers and seeds.
Bloom The flowers are red, like a berry, they are later changed to pink, in inflorescences. In indoor conditions it blooms very rarely. Leia can bloom in a greenhouse in the summer.Then, on the spot of the flowers, black berries are formed.
Transfer Transplanted annually in spring in a pot 2 sizes larger than the previous one. In an adult plant, it is sufficient to change the top layer of the soil.
Features of care In summer, you can take out on the street or on the balcony, but protect from direct sunlight and from gusts of wind.<cE> He does not like drafts. The plant tolerates the pruning well. When working with a plant, gloves are required.
Difficulties Defeats thrips. On the leaves appear brown spots due to sunburn. Shoots are drawn, and the leaves are shrinking, the plant does not bloom from lack of light or nutrients.Leaves and flowers can turn yellow and fall off from insufficient or excessive watering, from cold, or from a sharp change of place. As the leaves grow older, the leaves change color from cherry to greenish (from above) – this is normal. White, further crystallizing stains on the leaves – the natural allocation of plants through a special stomata.
Air cleaning
Toxicity The plant is poisonous, you can not eat leaves inside, they can also cause skin irritation.


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