Sparmannia

Sparmannia

Life form Shrub, tree
Family Tiliaceae
Origin South Africa, Madagascar
Ease of cultivation Easy growing, with little difficulty
The size Up to 2 m at home
Growth rate Very rapid growth, increasing in length to 46-50 cm per year
Lifespan Many years
Temperature In the summer: optimally 60,8-69,8 ° F, in winter it is desirable 44,6-60,8 ° F, the plant should be moved closer to the window.
Humidity Prefers high humidity, needs daily spraying with soft water.
Lighting Ideally the south-west window, requires bright non-directional light.
The soil Well drained general-purpose soils. For the soil of your own preparation, you should use: 1 part of turf ground, 1/2 part of coarse sand or perlite, 1 part of wet peat or humus.Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering The soil must be constantly moist, watered every 3-4 days in the summer. Use warm water. Winter watering narrowing, at normal temperature to water of about 1 time per week. At a low temperature in the winter, water no more often than 1 time in 10 days.
Fertilizer From April to October, at least once every 2 weeks.
Reproduction In spring, semi-mature stalk cuttings with 3 nodes 7-10 cm long. Root in water or wet sand, peat or perlite. Requires a temperature of at least 60,8 ° F. It is desirable to pre-treat the cuttings with hormonal powder. The tops of the developing plant must be plucked at least 2 times.
Bloom Umbrella inflorescences of white flowers with yellow stamens. Only adult plants (1 m in height) bloom in May-June.
Transfer Young plants (up to 1 m high) are transplanted every six months. Adults – every year in the spring. In a close pot, plants bloom at a younger age. If the pot is too large (diameter more than 30 cm), it is sufficient to change the top layer of the soil.
Features of care It likes fresh air and will grow without any effort under the care of a beginner florist. It does not like drafts. Requires pruning in the spring and growth can be very strong (up to 40 cm from the base of the shoots). If the plant is very stretched, you can cut it after flowering. If possible, preferably in the summer to keep on the street. Flowering will be abundant if the plant is provided with a cool wintering.
Difficulties Exposed to pests: mealybugs and spider mites. Leaves wilt, if the plant has not been watered for a long time, it should be placed in a bucket of water. The leaves turn yellow, the plant stretches out when there is a lack of light. Brown spots on the leaves are most often burns from direct sunlight.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Not poisonous


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  1. Should the spa mania be cut right back after flowering?
    If I plant salvia near it will this stop pests?
    Thank you

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