Exotic plants are increasingly gaining the love from those who want to bring something new in your own interior.But, unfortunately, most unpretentious of them suffer.Each flower requires careful attention to itself and careful maintenance.This applies to Sagittarius, having a plurality of content features.
Strelitzia bird of paradise: features care
One of the most common and attractive species of plants is Strelitzia bird of paradise, so named because of their appearance.Her whimsical flowers are somewhat similar to long beak and a delightful bright tuft of golden-orange color.The plant is then compared with the fabulous Firebird, the phoenix.Despite the fact that the bloom happens only one time in a year, the demand for royal Strelitzia subsides.
homeland as interesting flower is South Africa.Accordingly, the climate, are accustomed to plant little resemblance to conditions in the middle lane.For this reason, care Strelitz at home becomes rather problematic task.But those compositions that are cr
His thick and glossy leaves Strelitzia resembles a banana, which is a distant relative.They are round, rather large and have long petiole.They arranged in a fan.Their color, like the majority of indoor plants of this type does not change depending on the season.Thus it can respond to external factors.
inflorescences at the royal birds of paradise out of the legs having a substantial thickness and height of 1.5 m. In contrast to many other colors, they always grow up horizontally.The height of the same plant is capable of up to 4 meters. This makes it a permanent "residents" of sex: not on the window sill or any other so the rise in the presence of low ceiling did not put.
Color perianth usually varies between 3 colors: red, purple and green.Himself flower sepals formed in an amount of 3 pcs., Directed vertically, and the petals have a bright shade of blue.Because of such a mysterious kind of royal lilies are often added in tropical bouquets.
Strelitzia Royal: growing from seed
Reproduction Strelitzia bird of paradise, and others. Its forms - employment troublesome.For this reason, it is rarely someone is trying to grow their own, preferring to acquire the already mature plant.Because Strelitzia has no side shoots and devoid of the main stem, the issue of separating the cuttings becomes insoluble.And so the only way - growing Strelitzia royal seed obtained through the elimination of children.
main problem - side branches are separated only in adult plants, and, not always.The acquisition of seeds can become almost the main way to solve it, but this complexity does not end there.
They should not be given stale.Any delay greatly reduces the chances that the flower accustomed.Therefore only suitable for planting fresh seeds.Stretching the waiting period up to six months of almost nullify germination.
Prior to planting seeds require pre-treatment.In a small container is filled with warm water, the temperature of which is in the range from 35 to 40 ° C.It lays the seeds and left for 24 hours. Before swelling.Next, you need to prepare the soil and pots.
recommended as the first vessel dlyarassady choose a small plastic disposable cups in the bottom of which a small diameter drill holes are created.The soil is created from the following components: peat, soil, sand and compost.The mixture is poured just the boiled water.She needs to cool.
next stage - the distribution of seeds on the cup.Grain is pushed into the ground, and be sure to cover the top of a sheet of glass.This method allows you to interrupt any contact with the external environment, to prevent the flow of air and reduce the risk of fungal spores on the plant.
Containers with seedlings must be defined in a bright and warm place.At the same time they can not expose to direct sunlight, otherwise the seedlings may die.In the next six months should not touch the cups.But when the first germ or a piece, you need to carry out a transplant in a larger container.
It is very important to follow the safety of the root system, is characterized by its fragility.The slightest damage to it will lead to death of the plant, and in the best case - its growth will slow down significantly.Wrap flower advised not immediately into a large tub, and gradually changing its size.According to seasoned gardeners, this is done each spring.After 2-3 years the plant should be moved to a large pot 1/4 of which takes drainage.There Sagittarius and will grow next few years.
As for waiting for the first flowering, it is up to him from the time of planting usually takes about 5 years.Maximum power plant is gaining closer to 8 years and retains this state for the next 7-10 years.But for this it is required to provide competent and thorough care.
Since the first transplant Strelitzia soil requires carefully moisturize in the spring and summer, slowing the momentum only in the winter.But avoid excess moisture and should not be.This can lead to rotting of the root system.As to feeding, then she performed at least 2 p.per month during the warmer months and 1 p.per month - in the cold.Used for this purpose must peat and fertilizer that dissolve in warm water.Watering cold strictly prohibited.
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Strelitzia flower: Photo
Adult plant requires no less care than the young.Of course, to create a South Africa at home is unlikely to succeed, so it will be enough to do regular maintenance of ambient temperature at 18-20 ° C.In the warmer months, the plant cost to move on to the balcony, but with decreasing outdoor temperature to 10-12 ° C is required to bring back to the house.You can not lower the bar.It is fraught with the loss of the flower.
air must be moist, which is achieved with the help of a humidifier and the constant spraying of leaves.In winter, the latter should carry no more than 1 p.30 days.But it needs constant watering, but without the confluence of the extremes.No stagnant water or drying of the soil should not be.
Pay special attention to lighting.As already mentioned, direct sunlight Strelitzia not survive, but she loves light.It is necessary to place the tub so that the plant receives the scattered rays, especially from the east.In this case, the sun will illuminate only its rising period when it is not particularly strong.Such acceptance is a major stimulation of flowering.
Speaking of problems with flowering and other negative aspects that can happen in the life of an amateur grower.In the ovary of flowers can positively affect various drugs of the type "color", etc.You can arrange Strelitzia period of rest in the autumn or spring season.The capacity of the plant is exposed to the balcony, if the air temperature is maintained within the limits of 10-14 ° C.Sufficient sunlight will do the trick.
Another trouble, occasionally overtaking owners Strelitzia - is falling off or drying it leaves.In this case, you must adjust mode watering imbalance which leads to both leaf rot and their drying.In addition, the plant is capable of spider mite attack.
With knowledge of key regulations for the care of lilies at home, will not be difficult to maintain a healthy view of this beautiful exotic plants.But for the efforts it will thank you with delightful color, decorate and bringing him a note of sophistication.Important to establish the correct watering and lighting.