Cleyera — care at home
Cleyera – variegated, well-branched shrub of the humid subtropics of Southeast Asia.
It belongs to the family tea.
The stems are brownish-red, narrow leaves are shiny, green, the young plants have a reddish tint.
Edges of leaves painted in yellow color. Fragrant white flowers are small. Blooms in the spring.
Live long, subject to the necessary conditions.
Location and lighting
The plant tolerates partial shade. The optimal solution – the Windows on the East or West direction.
However, the sun likes from the scorching rays should be protected to avoid burns on the leaves.
In the summer it is helpful to put in the garden or on the balcony, avoiding drafts. Fresh air plants need.
The summer temperature from + 18°to + 25°C, in winter – cool (below +7°C).
Watering and humidity
The soil in the pot should never dry out, flowering plants provide abundant watering. During winter months it is slightly reduced.
Water for irrigation need to defend, twice a month, it is acidified by lemon juice (a few drops in a glass of water).
Cleyera needs high humidity, which is ensured by placing the pot on a tray with wet expanded clay.
Good use of household humidifiers. It is desirable periodically wash the leaves in the shower.
Any good liquid fertilizer that does not contain lime. A good fertilizer for orchids. Young plants need a fertilizer containing a higher proportion of phosphorus.
Transplantation and propagation
Young cleyera are transplanted each year, adults – when the roots begin to emerge from the hole on the bottom of the pot. Transplanted into an acidic (pH 4.5 to 5.5) soil.
Can be planted in ready soil, designed for decorative — deciduous plants. Propagated apical shoots.
At first they treated with the composition for rooting, and then planted in the greenhouse. Teplička important to preserve constant moisture, essential for young plants.
Rooted and slightly grown plants on top of the pinch, for the formation of lateral shoots.
Pests and fight with them
Sometimes Cleyera is attacked by scale insects, spider mites, whiteflies. Spider mite starts with insufficient moisture, is removed by shower.
Scale – soaked in vodka with a damp cloth if the damage was minor. To deal with whiteflies, which multiplies rapidly, sprinkling the plant perimeterinstitute drugs.