Cotyledon — care at home
Cotyledon or Silver crown is a rare and attractive plant, the leaves of which the edges wavy and covered with powdery bloom.
The plant can be grown in rooms and greenhouses.
Adult flower reaches a height of 40-50 cm, while its diameter is from 15 to 20 cm.
Following the necessary conditions, in 5 years there are pink flowers, the shape of which is reminiscent of bells.
Flowering can be in the spring, summer and autumn, however, the wavy edge decorative delight with its beauty throughout the year.
Location and lighting
Grow plants in well-lit places, because only in this way can preserve the leaves color and compact shape.
In the spring and summer, the optimum temperature is 21°C. in Winter, cotyledon preferably placed in a bright but cool room where the temperature is about 10°C.
Watering and humidity
In spring time the plant is watered once every two weeks during the summer months, watering is gradually adjusted to once a week, cut again in autumn.
In the winter, if the room temperature is about 10°C the plant should be dry. If the ambient temperature is higher, the flower should be watered moderately once a month.
The plant does not need high humidity, it is perfectly survives in the apartments with a dry climate.
Fertilizing cotyledon starts in March and ends in September. Once a month is enough. For this suitable fertilizer for cacti or succulents.
Transplantation and propagation
Transplant the flower every year, but only in the spring. When transplanting use pots one size bigger. Do not forget that you cannot touch the sheets with your hands, otherwise you can spoil a powdery coating.
Reproduction occurs by handle or by seed. The cuttings should be planted in soil for cacti and place in the shade, this is necessary to maintain a certain temperature (15-18°C) and moderate watering.
In seed method, seeds were sown in bowls, prisypaya top with clean sand. Substrate for sowing must include leaf soil and sand in ratio of 1:0.5.
Top bowls glazed, but before that, the substrate should be sprayed with water. After this care can be reduced to spraying and ventilation.
After emergence, they dive into the pots, the distance between them should be approximately 1 cm.
As soon as the seedlings begin to withdraw, one of them must be planted in 7-cm pots and watered moderately.
Pests and fight with them
Cotyledon can be affected by root mealy bugs or nematodes. This is evidenced by the appearance of white residue and degraded the overall condition of the flower.