Strongylodon

Strongylodon

Life form Liana, bush, shrub
Family Fabaceae
Origin and distribution Philippines
Ease of cultivation Requires some experience
The size Strongylodon shoots in nature can reach 18 m in length.
Growth rate High
Lifespan A perennial
Temperature Optimum temperature of the content: + 68-86 ° F. The minimum temperature should not fall below + 59 ° F, lower temperatures can damage the roots. The plant has no clearly expressed period of rest.
Humidity Strongylodon prefers high humidity, but the usual conditions of the apartment are suitable.In the case of high air dryness, it is recommended to put the flower in a bowl with a wet pebble.
Lighting Summer and winter need bright direct or diffuse light.
The soil Requires a fertile substrate based on peat. Very good drainage is required.
Watering Very intensive watering is required throughout the year. With insufficient moisture, leaves darken, and growth slows down. Watering is carried out when the top layer of the soil dries. Watered slowly, waiting for the water to flow out through the drainage hole.
How to fertilize Feed the complex mineral fertilizer or fertilizer for flowering plants during spring-summer approximately 2 times a month.
Reproduction Strongylodon propagates vegetatively and seeds. Very fresh seeds are required. To improve the germination, scarification is necessary: ​​the seeds are a little nailed, and then soaked.Approximately 10 days after sowing sprouts appear. At first they almost do not have leaves and grow very fast in height.   When the first leaves can be cut. Vegetative reproduction is best done in the spring. Cuttings are placed in a substrate of peat and sphagnum, pretreated with a rootstock. Germinate in a warm room, use a lower heating. Top covered with a plastic bag. New growth appears after about 6 weeks. When the first leaves can be cut. Vegetative reproduction is best done in the spring. Cuttings are placed in a substrate of peat and sphagnum, pretreated with a rootstock. Germinate in a warm room, use a lower heating. Top covered with a plastic bag. New growth appears in about 6 weeks.
Bloom The plant does not bloom before the second year of life, until the stem of the trunk reaches a diameter of about 2 cm, and a length of several meters. A sufficient amount of light is needed for flowering. Large inflorescences – brushes up to 3 m long, each flower about 6 cm.
Transplant and care It is desirable to transplant large plants as rarely as possible, it is advisable to plant the flower immediately in a fairly large bowl. Every year only replace the top few centimeters of soil. Young plants can be transplanted annually.   The plant needs to be provided with a support, especially the spectacularly blooming strongylodon looks when its inflorescences hang from above. Also, pruning is necessary in the spring, but not very strong, since the flowers are formed both on old and young shoots. The plant needs to be provided with a support, especially the spectacularly blooming strongylodon looks when its inflorescences hang from above. Also, pruning is necessary in the spring, but not very strong, since the flowers are formed both on old and young shoots.
Difficulties The main pests are mealybug, aphids, spider mites. Also affects fungal infections.
Toxicity Not poisonous


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