Oscularia

Oscularia

Life form Succulent
Family Aizoaceae
Origin South Africa
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size 20-25 centimeters in height, up to 40 cm in diameter.
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. At a lower temperature, the leaves of the oscularia turn yellow, and the plant dies.
Humidity Low, oscularia well tolerates dry air
Lighting Bright sun, some direct sunlight. Suitable south window. In the shade, the plant does not bloom, branches weakly, and waxy plaque is weakly expressed on the leaves.
The soil Suitable light permeable shop soil for succulents with a small addition of sand. For a mixture of own preparation, take: 1 part of leaf land, 1 part of parinic earth and 1 part of coarse-grained sand or perlite, it is better not to add peat. Good drainage is required.
Watering The top layer of soil between waterings in the summer should dry up. Watering soft water approximately every 10-15 days, in November and February, 1 time per month,water in December and January only if 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 Spread of seeds is possible and they germinate fairly easily. 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. Cut the handle must dry a little. It is processed with a rootstock and sprouted in a sand poured 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 for several pieces are planted in a low pot. Oculary also multiplies by dividing the bush.
Bloom Blossoms with small pink or red flowers at the ends of the shoots. Blossom mainly in summer.
Transfer In the spring, every 2-3 years, use shallow dishes. 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. You can use oscularia to create mini-gardens succulents.
Difficulties It is affected most often by mealybugs. Root rot is possible with excessive watering, the plant ceases to grow, the leaves turn yellow and fall off. In winter, the leaves may become flabby and fall off in contact with cold air (if the plants remain unaffected part, remove frostbitten sprouts). 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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