Marvelous islet - crossandra
Yes, branded tea is a visiting card of Ceylon. But not only. Are you unfamiliar with crossandra? Then imagine. This gentle beauty for many years was not available to our gardeners, the plant was considered incredibly moody, it was grown only in greenhouses. But years passed, and the breeders managed to significantly improve the nature of the beauty. Now we can admire its amazing flowering and you and I.
In nature, more than 50 species of cross-species are known, but Crossandra funnel-shaped (Crossandra infundibuliformis) is most suitable for indoor cultivation. True, it can reach up to a meter in height, but there are varieties compact, miniature, for example, Mona Wallhed. It forms a short, dense bush with wonderful red flowers.
It is always appreciated when a plant has not only beautiful flowering, but also decorative foliage. Crossandra just boasts dark green, shiny leaves. With them, she is a beauty without flowers, although with good care she can rarely be seen not blooming. By the way, it blooms continuously, with short breaks for rest.
All that crossandra needs is regular watering, top dressing and good lighting. Provide her with the lightest window: she can grow in partial shade, but bloom will not be so plentiful. But watering is the most difficult thing: you need to find a middle ground - and you can’t fill it in, and make it impossible for the leaves to drop from drought.
If you have little experience, use this scheme: in the summer, water once a week, in the winter 1 time in two weeks. If waterlogged, the flower will die. Be sure to take water at a soft, room temperature. In the southern regions, crossander blooms almost all year round, but in the middle lane it needs to be given a rest in winter.
From October to February, begin to water the plant less, but you do not need to take it to a cool room, just keep the temperature at least 18 degrees. To help Crossandra survive the heating season, pour pebbles on the pallet and keep it always wet. After resting, Crossandra will thank you with lush flowering from May to September. At this time, you need to feed her every week, but you can start earlier, in March, when the flower wakes up. Any complex flower fertilizer will do.
As a resident of the tropics, Crossandra needs moist air. Therefore, take the habit of spraying it in the morning and evening, but remember: you can not wet the flowers!
By the way ... Crossandra cuttings can be cut in the summer. Put them in a glass of water, and after two to three weeks they will have roots. After this, the plants can be transplanted into the ground, not forgetting to make a good drainage.
The disease. Leaflets curl and fall off - insufficient air humidity. For the same reason, the plant can be attacked by pests (aphids, spider mites). The leaves turned yellow - the plant lacks nutrients.
When buying, choose plants with clean glossy leaves. On inflorescences, leaves and at the base of the stems should not be traces of rot. Foliage should be resilient, if it is soft, it means that the plant was waterlogged and the flower is unlikely to recover.
- Florist's Desktop MagazineI love flowers»- №7 July 2009