Bertolone — care at home
Rare plant family Melitonovich native to the humid tropics of Brazil.
A family unites no more than 10 species.
Currently growers have brought many hybrids of this plant, which are more affordable.
Blooms bertolone rare.
The flowers are inconspicuous, collected in spicate inflorescence, pink and purple. The plant is creeping, the stems short, with a maximum height of 10 cm.
The leaves are thick, brittle, pubescent, elliptic, rather large – up to 15 cm in length. At home grown for the showy leaves of two species of this plant: «Bertolone spotted» and «marble».
Leaves «Bertolonii marble» heart-shaped, with light green streaks. «Spotty» has dark green leaves with a speckled pattern at the edges of the leaf blade. In some varieties the leaves are silvery.
Being a native of the tropics, bertolone heat-loving and water-loving plant. In the home requires special care. A favorable environment for it to create a terrarium, a greenhouse.
Location and lighting
Photophilous plant. You need to provide bright light and shading. If growing on windowsills, you need to choose Windows facing West or East.
Summer +20-26°C. Winter is not below +17°C. it is Possible to arrange the heating plant pot over a radiator.
Watering and humidity
Summer watering abundant. Pour bertolonii only soft water pooled. The soil should be always moist but not waterlogged. In winter, watering is moderate.
Bertolone water-loving, so you need to constantly maintain a high humidity with spraying from a spray bottle, trying to keep the drops falling on the leaves.
The optimal solution is a humidifier. Flower pot can be put on a tray with wet expanded clay.
Another interesting solution to this problem is to insert a plant pot in a larger pot. The space between the walls of pots to fill with moss, and from time to time to moisten.
In the summer growth period feed flower fertilizer every two weeks. Winter do not feed.
Transplantation and propagation
Propagated by cuttings apical. Spring cuttings root in damp soil at a temperature not below +25°C. suitable soil – a mixture of turf, leaf soil, peat and sand. Transplanted as needed.
The main bertolonii pests – spider mites and scale insects. To get rid of pests the leaves wipe with a damp sponge.