Rhoeo

Rhoeo

Life form Grassy, ​​ampel, shrub
Family Commelinaceae
Origin Florida, Mexico, Antilles
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow plant
The size At home, it can reach up to 30-50 cm in height and width.
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. However, approximately 3-4 years after rooting, the plant needs to be renewed.
Temperature In the summer: 64,4-75,2 ° F, in winter it is better to keep the temperature at least 53,6 ° F.
Humidity The plant is relatively easy to tolerate the dry air of apartments, but it responds well to a very fine spraying in the summer 3-4 times a week and the content of pots in a pallet with wet claydite. In winter it is better to place away from the radiators so that dry tips do not appear in the leaves.
Lighting Prefers bright diffused light, especially variegated forms. Can grow near the southern window, shaded by a thin curtain. However, they easily adapt to partial shade, it is possible to grow at a distance of 0.5-2 m from a brightly lit window. When there is insufficient light, the leaves will not have a bright color, and the stems can be stretched.
The soil For the soil of your own preparation, take: 2 pieces of leaf land, 1 part of coarse-grained sand or perlite, 2 parts of turf ground, 2 parts of 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 time in 2-4 weeks with liquid fertilizer, diluted twice. At too intensive top dressing the plant quickly grows, but the bottom part of stems thus is exposed.
Reproduction The old overgrown plants can be propagated by apical cuttings, which are rooted in a mixture of sand and peat, at a temperature of 71,6-75,2 ° F the cuttings take root within 2 weeks. It is possible to multiply, separating the lateral shoots with roots, which can be stimulated by regular pinching of the apex. Such offspring should be germinated under the film at a temperature of 68 ° F. The third way of reproduction is a careful division of the rhizome during plant transplantation. The Rheo with monophonic leaves can be spread by seeds.
Bloom Blooms all year long with small white flowers collected in the inflorescence at the base of the leaves.
Transfer Young plants are transplanted every year in late spring. Large plants are transplanted once every 3-5 years, when the pot becomes too tight for the overgrown roots. The pot must be shallow, because the root system of rheo is not so powerful. However, with age, shoots are bare, they should be replaced with young cuttings.
Features of care Do not allow water to enter the center of the outlet, in which case the leaves will rot. It is necessary to remove the dying lower leaves in time. The plant does not like drafts or temperature changes that slow down growth.
Difficulties It is affected by a spider mite. Green leaves turn yellow from excess light as a result of sunburn. The tips of the leaves dry, when too hot and dry or because of insufficient watering. The stems are stretched when there is a lack of light. The mottled leaves turn green with excessive feeding or lack of light. Too slow growth, smaller and pale young leaves are observed with a lack of nutrition. The leaves are soft and droop at too low a temperature. Leaves can die from excessive watering. If the bases of the leaves of the rosette turn brown and decay – this is the result of water entering the center of the socket. If only the lower leaves fall, this is the natural stage of plant development.
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