Palisota

Palisota

Life form Herbaceous
Family Commelinaceae
Origin Tropical Western Africa
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow plant
The size At home, it can reach up to 30-50 cm in height and width, leaves up to 80 cm long.
Growth rate Average, young plants increase by a few cm per year, with age, the diameter of the rosette increases by 10-15 cm per season.
Lifespan Perennial plants.
Temperature In the summer: 64,4-75,2 ° F, in winter it is better to maintain a temperature of 60,8-64,4 ° F.
Humidity Requires a humidity of about 50%. Palisota responds well to spraying in the summer of about 3-4 times a week. The contents of the pot in the pan should be with wet expanded clay. In winter it is better to place away from the radiators so that dry tips do not appear in the leaves.
Lighting He prefers bright diffused light (eastern or western windows). Easily adaptable to semi-shade, perhaps growing at a distance of 0.5-2 m from the brightly lit windows.
The soil Soil homemade take: 1 part humus earth, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part sod land, 1 part peat. Good drainage is required.
Watering In spring and summer, water every 3 days with standing water, the soil should be constantly moderately moist, water stagnation should not be allowed, water should be drained from the pan. In the autumn, watering once a week. In winter, watered no more than 1 time in 10 days.
Fertilizer In spring and summer 1 every 2-3 weeks with liquid fertilizer.
Reproduction You can multiply by dividing the overgrown bush during transplantation, it is possible to separate the daughter offspring. Palisotu more rarely propagated by seed. They are sown in a bowl into a mixture of leaf, peat, turf and sand. Germinate at a temperature of 71,6-75,2 ° F. After germination, shoots are dived and planted separately.
Bloom It blossoms all year with small pink flowers, collected at the base of the leaves in inflorescences, reminiscent of the ears. In place of the flowers, red fruits subsequently appear, giving the plant a special decorative effect and remaining during the winter.
Transfer Large plants are transplanted once every 3-5 years, when the pot becomes too tight for the overgrown roots. The plant does not like too many transplants.
Features of care Do not allow water to enter the center of the outlet.
Difficulties It hurts rather seldom, it is affected by a spider mite, mealybug. The tips of the leaves dry when too hot and dry or too much light. Roots can decay with excessive watering.Green leaves turn yellow from excess light as a result of sunburn. Too slow growth, small and pale young leaves are observed with a lack of nutrition.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Be careful, because the plant contains calcium oxalate.


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