Pachyphytum

Pachyphytum

Life form Succulent
Family Crassulaceae
Origin Mexico
Ease of cultivation Most species are easy to grow plants.
The size Depending on the type from 15 to 50 cm in height.
Growth rate Medium, several centimeters per season.
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: room, up to +95 ° F, in winter the minimum temperature is + 41-46,4 ° F (it easily tolerates the cold in dry soil conditions). The plant is resistant to heat in summer and to cold air from the window in winter.
Humidity Low, leaves should not have droplets of moisture.
Lighting Bright sun, direct light. A small shade may be required only in very bright sun. Pakhifitum also tolerates penumbra, however, under normal lighting conditions, a more compact one grows, forms bright foliage and blossoms better.
The soil Suitable shop soil for succulents with a small addition of sand. For a mixture of own preparation, take: 3 parts of coarse sand or perlite, 2 parts of turf ground, 2 parts humus (leaf earth), 2 parts peat. You can add brick crumb Good drainage is necessary.
Watering The top layer of soil between waterings in the summer should dry up well. The plant is very resistant to aridity. In summer and spring (in April-September), water abundantly about once in 5-7 days, in October and March 1 time a month, at the rest of the day, do not water. Excess water from the pan should be drained.
Fertilizer During growth, once a month, feed on diluted fertilizer for cacti.
Reproduction Easily propagates leaf cuttings in summer, which should be dried before germination. Root in peat and sand. Sand from time to time spray. Rooted cuttings are transplanted into separate pots and placed in conditions of bright scattered light.Can be propagated by seeds at a temperature of +71,6 ° F, seeds are sown in a mixture of leaf land and sand and germinated, covered with film and daily aired and sprayed crops.
Bloom Reddish, orange or white flowers (1 cm in size) on peduncles in the center of the rosette appear in the spring.
Transfer They are transplanted every 2 years in aperile. Without special need, the plant does not disturb, because The root system does not develop as fast as shoots.
Features of care The plant needs airing, in summer it is better to take out on the balcony. Should be as rarely as possible to touch the leaves with your hands, this may leave traces. Pahifitumy look spectacular among cacti or colorful shingles.
Difficulties It is very rarely affected by pests, sometimes there are mealybugs. Leaves shrivel and wilt most often from drying up the soil. With an excess of moisture in the soil, especially at low temperatures, rotting of the root systems is possible. The stems are stretched, and the leaves are rarely located with a lack of light.
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