Pachypodium

Pachypodium

Life form Shrub, succulent
Family Apocynaceae
Origin Madagascar, South Africa
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size Can reach a size of up to 1.5 m.
Growth rate Grow normally slow
Lifespan A perennial
Temperature In the summer: 64,4-82,4 ° F, in the winter not below +60,8 ° F.
Humidity Does not need spraying, it easily tolerates dry air.
Lighting Bright light, can grow in the south (with shading at noon hours), south-east, south-west window with shading in the spring, takes a half-shadow.
The soil Fertile well drained soil is suitable, the total amount of drainage should be from one-third to one-half the height of the pot.   1 part of leaf land, 1 part of sod land, 1 part of coarse sand or perlite. It is useful to have a piece of clay, brick and charcoal. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering Abundant watering once in 2-3 weeks during the growth period, the soil between the watering should dry up. In winter, watering is reduced significantly watered no more than 1 time per month.
Fertilizer From May to September, once a month, liquid fertilizer for cacti, diluted twice.
Reproduction Unlike other succulents, the apical cuttings of the plant take root badly. However, you can try rooting in a mixture of peat and sand. The plant multiplies by separating small branches that grow at the base of the plant.   It is best to root in the summer. Cuttings before planting should be dried for 5-8 days on the newspaper. Root in a mixture of peat and sand, in a warm, bright place. The substrate must be constantly slightly moist. Spread also by seeds at a temperature of 71,6 ° F.   Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours before sowing in moist sand. Seeds should be sprinkled with a very thin (about 0.5 cm) layer of sand. Seeds germinate from 3-4 days to 6 months.
Bloom Flowers white, red, yellow, pink, some fragrant,   Pachypodium lamerei flowers are white. Bloom adult plants older than 7 years.
Transfer Not more than 1 time in 2-4 years in the spring. Pahipodiums do not need too frequent transplantation, because grow slowly, in addition, their root system is tender and easily damaged.
Features of care In summer, the plant is best placed in the garden or on the balcony. The plant loves airing. When working with the pahipodium, it is better to wear gloves to avoid pricking and irritation from the corrosive juice. At the beginning of winter, a part of the leaves may fall, this is normal.
Difficulties Damaged by a scabbard, as well as a red spider mite, aphids. Leaves can fall from the excess moisture in the soil. At the same time, the fall of only the lower leaves may indicate a lack of moisture. With an excess of moisture and a low temperature, rotting of the stem is possible. Young leaves turn black and fall off with a lack of light or watering with cold water. The leaves wilt and the stalk is wrinkled with a lack of moisture.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Toxic, one should be careful with the juice of the plant.


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