Brodie — care at home
Brodie – a plant of the onion family (also called triteleia or dichelostemma), has a short stature, narrow leaves, graceful form and beautiful blue with purple tint flowers that delight the eye all summer.
This plant is not too demanding in terms of content, so it is often grown at home.
The cultivation of Brodie
Location and lighting
Brodie relates to light-loving plants, so it is better to place a flowerpot on a windowsill or on a shelf near the window.
In a dark room of growth and flowering may stop. Undesirable exposure to direct sunlight, create shade, does not like drafts. In the summer it grows well on the balcony can be displayed on the suburban area.
In autumn for the plants a period of rest. When flowers and leaves die back, the bulbs are dug and placed in a container with dry earth. Capacity all winter keep in a cool dry place.
Brodiaea to feel good, it is recommended to maintain a constant not too high temperature – about +20°C.
Watering and humidity
Flower requires moderate watering: do it only after drying of the upper part of the soil. Otherwise there may be excessive soil moisture and death of the plant.
A large amount of moisture is required Brodie only in the flowering period. To increase humidity, the plants are sprayed, but carefully, to avoid excess moisture.
To do this, spray it to 16-17 hours, so the leaves have time to dry. Otherwise, the flower can affect a fungus.
Feeding is usually carried out after planting, when the first greens in the soil, add organic fertilizer, repeat this procedure once a month, if you use special fertilizers are added twice less than recommended in the instructions.
Transplantation and propagation
Transplant Brodie is not recommended, as it does not tolerate this procedure. After a period of rest the follicle is removed from the container and planted in the ground, moisten it, then removing the excess water. When the plant displays leaves, put the pot in a warm lit room.
It is propagated by seeds or bulbs. Seed propagation does not cause any difficulties. The second method requires the fulfillment of certain conditions: the bulbs are planted in spacious containers made of wood or clay in the soil they must be retreating from one another 8-10 cm, and then covered with earth and moistened with water.
Pests and fight with them
Sometimes a plant is attacked by insects: nematodes (they can damage the root and the stem), mites or aphids. These pests get rid, treating the stem and leaves with a soap solution; if does not help — use of special tools.