Nerine

Nerine

Life form Grassy onion
Family Amarillidaceae
Origin South Africa
Ease of cultivation Requires a little experience.
The size Reaches 60 cm in height
Growth rate High
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In summer: about 68 ° F, in winter it is desirable to contain at a temperature of 50-53,6 ° F. In autumn, in order to extend the flowering period, it is desirable to maintain the temperature not higher than + 59 ° F.
Humidity Requires high humidity at an air temperature above 59 ° F. The plant is useful for spraying or placing on a pallet with wet pebbles.
Lighting Illuminated place, bright light, a little direct sun. The south-west, east and west windows are suitable. It is desirable that the sun hit the plant in the morning. When there is insufficient light, it does not bloom.
The soil Fits very loose soil in a low nitrogen content for a better flowering of Nerine. You can take:   1 part of the garden land, 1 part of coarse sand or perlite, 1 part of wet peat or humus (leafy earth) and a little bit of lime. Good drainage and a pot with a hole is required.
Watering During flowering and growth, the soil should be moderately moist, watered every 4 days. After flowering, watering is reduced to 1 time per week. In winter, those plants that have passed into a state of rest, do not water at all to avoid rotting bulbs. Plants that continue to grow should be watered, but limited.
Fertilizer Feed the liquid fertilizer with the predominance of phosphorus and potassium every 2 weeks during the vegetation period from the spring (or from the end of the years) to the end of the autumn. Top dressing is stopped after flowering and fertilizer is not applied in winter.
Reproduction The separation of bulb-babies that are formed around the mother plant, they are planted either at the end of the summer (in those varieties that at that time the rest period has come to an end) or in the spring (for varieties with a winter rest period), one or three to five pieces each. in separate small pots. Bulbs are planted in a level with a neck, 1-2 cm deeper than the soil surface. Plants bloom for 2-3 years.You can propagate with fresh seeds. Seeds are planted in a mixture of peat and sand, sprinkled on the surface of the substrate and sprinkled on top with a very thin layer of the same substrate. Seedlings appear after 2-3 weeks at a temperature of 71,6-75,2 ° F. During this period, watered 1 time in 2-3 weeks.
Bloom Tender or bright pink funnel-shaped flowers with 6 petals in umbellate inflorescences. Blooms in late September – early October.
Transfer Bulbs transplanted 1 time in 2-3 years in the spring at the end of the rest period. The pot should be taken shallow, the adult bulb should be buried 2/3 its size.
Features of care In summer, the plant should be taken out into the street. The plant can be grown in the garden. Nerina has a period of rest. In this case, 2 groups of plants with different dormant times are isolated. Varieties that have come from Noreen Bowden, enter a period of rest after the autumn flowering, when they lose the leaves for the winter.Watering, it should be to stop and contain the bulbs in the shade at a temperature of 50-53,6 ° F in February – the beginning of April when a leaf tip watering should gradually resume. In the summer, the leaves of these Nerins turn yellow, but the peduncles are laid, and in the autumn Nerina blooms.Another group of Nerin after flowering does not enter a period of rest, these plants continue to vegetate in winter. They are watered at this time, but not too abundant and kept in bright light. The rest period of these plants is in the summer, when they completely dry the leaves. At the end of July – August, a new outbreak begins. Blossom neerin from this group also in autumn.
Difficulties The appearance of mealybugs and thrips. Perhaps rotting bulbs, especially newly planted, with excessive watering. The leaves turn yellow due to insufficient humidity.
Air cleaning
Toxicity All parts of the plant are poisonous. When eaten, it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms that are not life threatening.


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