Selaginella

Selaginella

Life form Plune
Family Selaginellaceae
Origin Tropical Areas
Ease of cultivation Very difficult to grow a plant, it is difficult to survive in an apartment
The size In width and height up to 20 -30 cm.
Growth rate The whole year is growing
Lifespan Perennial plant, if you observe all the conditions of care
Temperature In the summer: 68-73,4, in winter not below 53,6 ° F, however, the temperature below 64,4 ° F negatively affects the growth of selaginella.
Humidity Not less than 60%. Spraying 3-4 times a day is required. Pot should be placed in a pallet with expanded clay or wet peat. However, the best option is to grow Selaginella in a “bottle garden” or a terrarium.
Lighting Shade-tolerant plant. Appropriate penumbra and shadow. Excessive lighting depresses the plant, it does not tolerate direct sunlight.
The soil The soil must be loose and air permeable, weakly acidic. For a mixture of own preparation, take equal parts of peat, turf ground, add sphagnum and charcoal. You can also mix peat, leaf ground and sand. Good drainage is required.
Watering The soil in the pot must be moderately moist at all times, but the overflow is not permissible, the plant should not stand in water (pour with soft, damp warm water). It is better to water from a pallet. If the soil at least once dry up, the leaves of the plant will begin to twist very fast and die.
Fertilizer For at least six months after the transplant, the plants are not fed. In the future, feed on diluted in 2 times with fertilizer approximately 1 time in 2 months throughout the year, tk. the plant has no period of rest. Excessive top dressing can damage the tender root system of the plant. When fertilizing, you should also loosen the soil to improve air access.
Reproduction Propagate by dividing the bush during transplantation in the spring or summer. First, the new plants should be kept under a film. Propagate also by caulis cuttings not less than 3 cm long, which are well rooted. It should be selected those parts of the shoot, which already formed small roots in the branches. They are germinated in a mixture of peat and sand – put on top of the surface, so they do not touch each other. The lower ends of the cuttings are lightly sprinkled with soil. Propagation with the help of arguments is blurred.
Bloom Do not flower
Transfer Transplanted rarely. Strongly overgrown specimens can be transplanted into a larger pot or planted. The pot should be small and low, because the plant has a very shallow root system. The plant is planted in a new pot at the same depth and for the first time several days are kept under the film.
Features of care The plant does not tolerate drafts. The plant can be cut to maintain a round shape. Can be used as a ground cover plant.
Difficulties Virtually not affected by pests, very rarely by spider mites. The tops of the shoots are usually buried in dry air. The plant withers and withers in dry soil. Unfortunately, it can not be saved. Shoots turn yellow, brown and wither with an overdose of fertilizer (plants can be used on cuttings). The edges of the leaves twist, they appear brown areas with a sunburn (the plant should be placed away from the sun). Shoots become brown, decay, growth stops at too low a temperature (it is necessary to remove damaged shoots, plant the transplant and put in a warm, damp place). The leaves become dark and die at too high a temperature. Slow growth may be due to lack of nutrients. The stems are stretched, and the leaves are pale with a lack of light. Leaflets are soft and lethargic, if there is no air access to the roots (should be transplanted into a looser soil).
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