Rochea

Rochea

Life form Succulent
Family Crassulaceae
Origin South Africa
Ease of cultivation Most species are easy to grow plants
The size Depending on the species from 30 to 70 cm in height in the room conditions.
Growth rate Medium, several centimeters per season.
Lifespan 5-15 years.
Temperature In the summer: room, up to 80,6 ° F, in winter the minimum temperature is +46,4 ° F. The plant is resistant to heat in summer and to cold air from the window in winter.
Humidity Low.
Lighting Bright sun, direct light. A small shade may be required only in very bright sun. On the northern window the plant will not grow normally.
The soil Suitable shop soil for succulents with a small addition of sand. For a mixture of own preparation, you should take: 2 parts of coarse sand or perlite, 2 parts of turf ground, 2 parts of leaf land or humus, 1 part of peat. You can add brick crumb Good drainage is necessary.
Watering The top layer of soil between waterings in the summer should dry up well. In summer, water abundantly about once a week, in the autumn, water once a month, do not water in the winter. Excess water from the pan should be drained.
Fertilizer During growth, once a month to feed fertilizer for cacti.
Reproduction Propagation by cuttings, which are cut off from well-developed shoots in February-April or August-September. Cuttings should dry within 2 days. Planted in a mixture of peat and sand. Root at a temperature of 68-71,6 ° F. When the plants reach a height of 7-8 cm, they make a pinch. The second time you get a pinch in August. It is more difficult to propagate by seeds, which are very small.
Bloom Pink or red tubular fragrant flowers of five petals, collected in the apical inflorescence, blooms in the summer. There are varieties with white and red-white flowers.
Transfer 1 time in 2 years in March.
Features of care For better flowering at the end of winter shoots must be cut to 2/3. The stalks of the rochea arch and hang down, so a tall pot will suit her. Rohea needs a good airing. In the summer it is better to take out on a balcony or a garden, but shelter from the rain to avoid excessive moisture.
Difficulties Sometimes there are mealybugs, scabies and aphids. Leaves shrivel and wilt most often from drying up the soil. With an excess of moisture in the soil, especially at low temperatures, rotting of the root systems is possible. The stems are stretched and the leaves are rarely located with a lack of light.
Air cleaning
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