Conos — care at home
Conos refers to the so-called «living stones», plants are more interesting than beautiful.
Their appearance resembles large pebbles on which they grow in nature, reaching a height of not more than 3 cm, consists of a pair of thick webbed leaves, as if incised on top.
The color of the leaves may be gray-green, green or brown-green, it depends on the plant species and soil composition.
Growing extremely slowly, forming with age a dense colony. Blooms of yellow, white or pink flowers, similar to daisies.
Location and lighting
For conophytums have a well-lit place, but to light it accustom gradually to avoid burns on the leaves.
With the onset of spring pritenyayut from the sun during the summer shading reduce, autumn and winter can not be pritenyat.
Conophytums are kept at a very moderate temperatures. Winter + 4°C to + 15°C. in Summer it is desirable to keep it outdoors or in a well ventilated area.
Watering and humidity
Well tolerates very dry air. When the plant is resting (dormant period), it is not watered at all. In this period the formation of new leaves.
Moisture can lead to the death of the plant. The rest of the watering needs to be careful, between waterings the soil should be allowed to dry until the end.
The first 2-3 years conos does not require a recharge after this period you need during the summer 2-3 times to feed potash fertilizer.
Transplantation and propagation
Transplanted very rarely and only when a colony of conophytums fill the entire pot. New shallow pot should be a little wider still.
Suitable for the cultivation of soil for succulent plants or clay by adding coarse sand and a small amount of leaf.
After planting watering is not earlier than 2 weeks, otherwise the roots may rot. Propagated by seed or by rooting of the head.
After the first irrigation that is associated with the end of the rest period, with a sharp knife cut off the head, slice sprinkle a plant hormone, dried for 2-3 days and planted in a dry soil. Poured not earlier than in 3 weeks that will form the roots.
Pests and fight with them
Amazed mealybugs. At the first sign of defeat must be washed off the soil with roots, rinse them in any insecticidal solution, dried for 2-3 days and plant in a clean pot with new potting soil.