Ruellia

Ruellia

Life form Shrub, grassy
Family Acanthaceae
Origin Brazil
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow a plant with little difficulty
The size They reach 25 cm in height, later the shoots lodge
Growth rate High, for one season extend to 20 cm.
Lifespan They live for a long time, but it is desirable to rejuvenate the plant from cuttings. With age, the lower parts of the shoots become bare.
Temperature In the summer: preferably not above 75,2 ° F in the daytime, at night – 66,2-68 ° F; at a temperature below 59 ° F the leaves begin to fall off. Do not allow a sharp drop in temperature.
Humidity Increased, it is better to place in a pallet with wet gravel or use different ways to increase   humidity. It is not desirable to spray. At low humidity, the leaves lose the turgor and hang.
Lighting He likes bright diffused light, on the southern window should be shaded. The east and west window is best suited.
The soil 1 part of the garden land, 2 parts of leaf land,   1 part   coarse sand or perlite and 1 part peat. Heavy clay soils are contraindicated for ruelly. Good drainage is required. Always use a pot with an opening.
Watering Requires abundant watering, at least every 2-3 days in summer, in the winter more moderately – once a week. The soil must not dry out, it can cause the leaves to fall off.
Fertilizer Once every 2-3 weeks, a liquid fertilizer in a half dose. The color of the leaves is positively affected by organic fertilizers.
Reproduction In spring, cut cuttings 5-8 cm long with 2-3 knots and put them in moist sand with peat under a polyethylene film. Care should be taken so that the cuttings do not rot. At a temperature of 69,8 ° F, roots will soon appear. Plant a few blackies into a small pot and, as it grows, pinch the tops twice for better branching.Easily propagated by seeds, which are sown in the spring in a tray with a peat-sand mixture. From above only slightly sprinkled with earth, cover with glass or a film, put in a dark place. After germination, transfer to light. When they grow up, sit down on different pots.You can multiply by dividing large shrubs.
Bloom Blossom all summer pink flowers funnel-shaped flowers.
Transfer Transplant every year in the spring to replace the land with fresh and increasing the size of the pot. When transplanting cut off stretched shoots. You must be careful not to damage fragile leaves. Ensure that there is good drainage.
Features of care The main difficulty is the formation of an attractive appearance of the plant. The plant should be cut regularly for branching. He does not like smoke, gas products, drafts. In the summer it is better not to take out on the balcony or the garden. Faded flowers should be removed in a timely manner from the plant. Rouilly can be grown in hanging baskets.
Difficulties It is affected by a spider mite, whitefly. Bright leaf color fades, the leaves are shrinking, the plant is severely stretched in low light. The leaves turn bright-violet, their edges curl, on the surface appear brown spots with excessive light as a result of sunburn. The ends of the leaves twist in too dry air. Leaves wilt in too dry soil. The leaves turn yellow and fall off when the soil is viscous due to excessive watering. The plant looks droopy and weak, if it is cold and it is in too moist soil.
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