Pisonia

Pisonia

Life form Shrub, tree
Family Nyctaginaceae
Origin Australia, New Zealand, Fr. Mauritius
Ease of cultivation Medium, easy to grow with few difficulties
The size In a pot up to 1 m in height
Growth rate Pisonia grows slowly: only a few leaves a year, the plant lengthens by 3-4 cm.
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In summer and winter, pisonia should be grown warm (73,4-77 ​​° F). At a temperature a few degrees below the growth of pisonia is significantly slowed down. In winter, the plant should be protected from drafts and cold air.
Humidity Increased. It is necessary to spray plants with soft water daily, preferably in the morning and in the evening. Especially need a high   humidity   in winter with heating on. It is desirable to place the plant in a tray with wet claydite.
Lighting A sunny place, a southern window will suit. The plant needs directional light for at least 5 hours a day, but it should be shaded pisonia from the brightest scorching rays.Under insufficient illumination the leaves fall off, in case of excess light they turn yellow.
The soil Ready ground is suitable   general purpose. It must be fertile, humus, water and breathable. For a soil of own preparation to take:   1 part peat and 1 part leaf soil, 1 part coarse sand. Good drainage is required.
Watering Water abundantly, once a week in the summer, immersing the pot in the water (after that the water must be poured from the pan). The soil should be constantly slightly moist, but not wet. In winter, water no more often than every 8-12 days.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn liquid balanced fertilizer every 3-4 weeks. It responds well to fertilizing with organic fertilizer.
Reproduction Quite complicated. In the spring it is better to propagate by semi-extruded cuttings about 8 cm long at a soil temperature of 73,4-77 ​​F, at a lower temperature, the cuttings do not take root properly. It is desirable to use hormones, lower heating and cover the cuttings with a film. After germination, young plants need to be nipped. It is possible to propagate by air layers.
Bloom Small white, pink or yellow inflorescences. Flowers rarely appear on old plants, mainly in the greenhouse, occasionally appear sticky fruits.
Transfer In young plants, root systems develop very rapidly, therefore, up to three years of age, pisonia must be transplanted annually into a larger pot, shortening too long roots. Then transplant every 2-3 years.
Features of care The plant does not tolerate drafts, so it is better not to take it out on the balcony in the summer. For pisonia, the fall of the lower leaves is normal. In this case, it must be cut to stimulate the growth of lateral shoots.
Difficulties It is being affected by spider mites and mealybugs. The disappearance of the white spots on the leaves, yellowing and drying of the edges may be indicative of a very bright light. The stem extends, the leaves lose mottled color, curl and decrease, the stem bends under insufficient illumination. Leaves fade and fall off when the soil dries up or when the plant is undercooled.
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