Washingtonia

Washingtonia

Life form Tree
Family Aracaceae
Origin USA (Arizona, California), Mexico
Ease of cultivation Easy with small difficulties
The size From 1,5 to 4 m in a pot
Growth rate Average
Lifespan Perennial plant, over 10 years old.
Temperature In summer: the upper limit is 75,2 ° F. The optimum temperature is 64,4-69,8 ° F. Requires a cool winter at a temperature of 50-64,4 ° F.
Humidity Increased, at least 50%, in the summer it is required to spray regularly.
Lighting A bright diffused light, it is best to place the plant in a tub near the south-west or south-east window.
The soil Ready ground is suitable   “Palm”. For a soil of own preparation to take:   2 parts of sod land, 2 parts of wet peat or humus (leafy earth), 1 part of coarse sand or perlite.Requires a pot with a hole.
Watering Abundant in summer, 1-2 times a week. In winter, less often – every 10-14 days, the soil in winter should be hardly damp.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, regularly feed once every 2-3 weeks with a soluble fertilizer for palms
Reproduction It is possible to propagate seeds that are soaked overnight in water, are sown in a mixture of peat and perlite and germinate under the film at a temperature of 68-77 ° F. The first sheet appears in 2-3 months.
Bloom In the home culture blooms extremely rarely, in the summer. Inflorescences are long panicles.
Transfer In spring, once in 2-3 years, if the roots appear on the surface of the soil or sprout from the bottom of the pot. Like all palms, it does not respond well to transplantation. In large specimens, it is sufficient to change the topsoil. When planting, the soil should be pressed well, but not to damage the thin roots of the plant.
Features of care In the summer it is desirable to take out on the street. Regular rubbing of leaves is required. Carefully, the tips of the leaves are very sharp Washington.
Difficulties It is affected by a spider mite, chervets, aphids and scutes. The leaves turn yellow with insufficient watering, and brown tips are formed in dry air. On the leaves appear light dry spots with an excess of light, and fade and darken the leaves begin at too low a temperature. Perhaps the development of rot of the apical bud, as well as phytophthora with too dense soil and abundant watering.
Air cleaning
Toxicity


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