Nerium

Nerium

Life form Tree
Family Apocynaceae
Origin The Mediterranean
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size Can reach a size of 3-5 m, if the plant is not pruned.
Growth rate Fast, up to 25-30 cm and more per year, if not pruned.
Lifespan A perennial
Temperature In the summer: 64,4-69,8 ° F, at a higher temperature, good ventilation is required, in winter not below 41° F. The plant does not tolerate central heating.
Humidity Spray at least once a month. If the temperature is above 64,4 ° F, spraying should be daily, especially after the heating is turned on.
Lighting Bright light, can grow on the south window to shading during the midday hours, in dim light does not bloom.
The soil Fertile, well drained soil is suitable.   2 parts of leafy land, 1 part of sod land, 1 part of peat land, 1/2 part of coarse sand or perlite. 2-nd option: 1 part of the sod land,   1 part of peat land, 1 part humus earth, 1 part coarse-grained sand.   Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering Abundant daily in summer with warm soft water, the soil should be moist all the time. In winter, water once a 10 days, between watering the soil should be slightly dry.
Fertilizer From May to September 2 times a week, liquid fertilizer, diluted twice.
Reproduction Upper cuttings in spring or in July-August. Cuttings easily take root in the water. The tip of young shoots should be plucked several times. Blossom plants usually in the same year.
Bloom In summer, from July to October, pink, red, white flowers, some varieties are fragrant.
Transfer Every 2-3 years in spring, in March the pot must be voluminous and deep enough. In adult plants, the topsoil can be replaced. Young plants grow as often as they grow, as soon as the roots appear from the drainage hole.
Features of care In summer, the plant is best placed in the garden or on the balcony. The plant loves airing. It is necessary to form a plant: constant pruning of elongated shoots in spring or after flowering by half (and lateral shoots up to 10 cm).
Difficulties It is affected very often – scabbard, as well as a mealybug. Buds do not open from a strong cold. The plant does not bloom, and the buds formed in the summer and fall are not revealed, usually due to lack of light.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Toxic, one should be careful with the juice of the plant.


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