Asclepias — care at home
The birthplace of this beautiful perennial North and South America.
But in our area Asclepias becoming more and more popular, simplicity and resistance to temperature changes.
The name of the plant given in honor of the Greek God Asclepius, the healing properties, used in skin and cardiovascular diseases.
However, it is important to remember that the plant is poisonous, and medicinal use is possible only with specialist advice!
Externally, Asclepias very beautiful, and is perfect for both indoor and garden cultivation in the country.
Bush thickly covered with dark green large leaves. Reaches a height of 150 cm at the time of flowering umbrellas covered with small fragrant white, pink, orange or red flowers, depending on variety of plants.
Asclepias can be grown from seeds and cuttings. The seeds of the plant are covered with dense fibrous fluff resembling cotton wool.
Therefore, Asclepias sometimes called the «milkweed». The seed can be planted in the open ground, mainly from may to June.
If the temperature is below the climatic norm, the seeds should be kept at room temperature until complete germination. It is recommended the first month to plant seed in moist sandy soil.
For the formation of the Bush, should the top shoots of the shoots pinched. The cuttings can be separated from the main hive in the early spring or in late summer.
Seeds and cuttings take root easily, and require no special care, and bloom in 3 years after planting. For Asklepia best slightly acidic loam, but any fertile soil.
It is best to place the shrub in an open area. Eclipses will grow well in partial shade and under the bright sun.
At home it is best to plant in a mixture of turf and leaf earth, 1 part sand and peat at 0.5 parts.
In one place, with regular fertilizer during summer, can live about 10 years. Eclipses tolerates temperatures in the winter to +13°C.
In this case, the binding humidity of the earth, abundant watering and regular spraying. The water temperature should be close to room.
This plant likes moisture, and it is quite resistant to drought. Pests of the plant should be protected from spider mites.
With proper care Eclipses will grow rapidly and delight a rich and colorful bloom from April to December.