Pereskia

Pereskia

Life form Cactus
Family Cactaceae
Origin Florida, Brazil, Argentina, Caribbean
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow a plant
The size Stems reach 2-3 m in length
Growth rate High, up to 20 centimeters per season
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: room, 73,4-77, to 80,6 ° F, at night the plant is kept at a temperature several degrees lower. Pereskia – heat-loving plant, in winter, she also needs to to be kept warm.
Humidity Preferably not less than 40%. Regular spraying with soft water is required in summer and in winter. However Pereskia well tolerated and dry air.
Lighting Bright light, south windows. In the summer you want to make shade from the hottest sun, winter lighting should be bright. In the shade, the plant may die.
The soil It requires a well-humified permeable substrate. For a mixture of own preparation should take equal   parts of coarse-grained sand or perlite, turf ground, leaf earth, peat. Good drainage is required.
Watering In summer, water abundantly with warm water every 8-10 days. The soil between watering should be slightly dry. The plant is harmful as the drying of the earthy coma, and stagnation of moisture. In winter, water less often – 1 time in 3-4 weeks.
Fertilizer During growth 3-4 times per season, depending on the growth rate, feed fertilizer for cacti or for flowering plants. Useful fertilizing with organic fertilizers.
Reproduction The plant can easily reproduce by stem cuttings with 1-2 nodes. Cuttings after a small drying are rooted in a mixture of peat and sand. Faster cuttings root at a temperature of 77-82,4 ° F. Cuttings are well rooted in the water. After germination of the cuttings it is necessary to pinch.
Bloom Creamy white flowers are gathered in inflorescences which after flowering should be cut.
Transfer Young plants are transplanted annually in April, at the age of more than 5 years – every 3-4 years, with each year changing the top layer of the soil.
Features of care It is grown as an ampel plant in hanging baskets or you can use a support for the shoots. Too long shoots Pereskia from time to time is shortened. Pereskia is often used as a rootstock for other cacti.
Difficulties Sometimes there are mealybugs, spider mites, whitefly. Strongly vytyauntye shoots and small leaves indicate a lack of light. Leaves wither, turn yellow and fall off from waterlogging the soil.
Air cleaning
Toxicity


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