Schlumbergera

Schlumbergera

Life form Epiphytic cactus
Family Cactaceae
Origin Southeast of Brazil
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow a plant
The size 40-50 cm in height and width
Growth rate Medium, several centimeters per season
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: room, up to 80,6 ° F, closer to the autumn requires a lower temperature – + 51,8-53,6 ° F (so it is useful to leave the plant on the balcony in autumn), in the winter, when buds appear, raise the temperature to +59 ° F at night and +68 ° F With day.
Humidity Not less than 40%. Regular spraying with soft water in summer and winter is required if the temperature is above + 60,8 ° F.
Lighting Bright diffused light. In the summer you want to make shade from direct sunlight, in winter lighting should be bright.
The soil It requires a well-humified 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 with warm water every 3-5 days. The plant is harmful as the drying of the earthy coma, and stagnation of moisture. From October to December watering rare – 1 time per week. With the advent of buds again watered as often as in the summer. After flowering – watering every 2 weeks.
Fertilizer During growth 1-2 times a month to feed fertilizer for cacti or for flowering plants.
Reproduction Easily propagated by cuttings neodrevesnevshie that are easy to break off, turning around segmety shoot axis. Cuttings after a small drying are rooted in a mixture of peat and sand.
Bloom Flowering in autumn and winter the pink, scarlet or white flowers dlinnotrubchatymi about 2.5 cm long, which are located at the end of the shoots. In nature, the flowers are pollinated by birds, so at home the seeds do not ripen.
Transfer Transplanted after flowering or in March – April every 3-4 years ..
Features of care Grown up as an ampel plant in hanging baskets.
Difficulties Sometimes the plant attracts mealybugs and spider mites. Buds and flowers can fall off when moving a plant, due to temperature drops or drafts. If the temperature is below + 50 ° F in autumn, flower buds may not appear. Light spots on segments can arise from excess light. Too slow branching of segments is observed when there is a shortage of power.
Air cleaning
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