Ligustrum

Ligustrum

Life form Bush
Family Oleaceae
Origin China, Korea, Japan
Ease of cultivation Average in ease of growing a plant
The size Up to 1.5 m in the pot in height.
Growth rate Cuttings reach the size of an adult flowering plant 10 months after planting.
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: 59-69,8 ° F; in winter it is desirable to + 42,8-46,4 ° F.
Humidity It is desirable to regularly spray with warm water, without getting on the flowers, it is good to place the pot in a tray with wet expanded clay.
Lighting Bright light, up to 4-6 hours of direct light per day, requires shading from too hot midday rays. Suitable south, south-east or south-west window. It takes a light penumbra (on the east and west window).
The soil For a mixture of own preparation, take: 2 turfy ground, 1 part peat land, 1 part humus, 1 /, 2 parts sand. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering In summer, during growth, water abundantly every day or every 2 days, the soil must remain moist. With a lack of moisture, the plant quickly discards the leaves. In winter, watering is cut, the substrate should dry out slightly between waterings, but never dry out completely.
Fertilizer During the growing season 1-2 times a month with liquid fertilizer.
Reproduction It is possible to propagate by apical cuttings 8-10 cm long, which have several buds, to root in a mixture of moist peat and sand at a temperature of 60,8-68 ° F. Before planting, treat the rootstock. Cover the container with polyethylene or glass on top. After 3 weeks, remove the glass. It is better to plant several cuttings in one pot. Spread also by seeds, which are sown in 7-cm pots in a mixture of peat (or turf) and sand. Subsequently, the seedlings are planted, as the earth’s comatose braids grow, the young plants overrun.
Bloom Blossom from August to September, white flowers in racemose inflorescences.
Transfer Young plants every year. Adult plants are transplanted every 2 years.
Features of care Ligustrum responds well to pruning, easily liable to form. Can be used for bonsai.
Difficulties It is most often affected by scutes, spider mites, whitefly, mealybug, aphids and thrips. With excessive moisture, root rot is possible.
Air cleaning
Toxicity It is better not to ingest, may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms that are not life threatening.


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