Eugene mentalista — care at home
Is a representative of the Myrtle family, native to Australia, exist more than 1000 species.
This evergreen, slow growing, small ornamental deciduous shrub with narrow leaves that when crushed emit a pleasant aroma. Shoots and young leaves have a reddish tint.
Blooms in spring, pale white flowers that have 4 petals and many stamens. In the autumn sing edible, violet or purple berries, with a diameter of about 2 cm, in racemes like grapes.
The berries of the plant is also called «black cherry». Fruits rich in vitamin C, sour and crisp taste. Eugene mentalista in the wild are considered an endangered species, on the verge of extinction.
Growing Eugenia mortality
Location and lighting
For the ideal cultivation of suitable glazed, frost-free balcony, loggia on the Sunny side or the greenhouse. In the summer it is best to create fresh air to move to the country.
In the winter to keep the temperature from+10 to +14 degrees. The plant responds well to temperature changes. Optimum temperature is from +16 to +25 degrees.
Watering and humidity
It is abundantly watered in summer and in winter moderately soft water with a low content of calcium salts.
We can not allow drying earthen coma, Eugene mortality doesn’t deal well with bad and insufficient watering, which can lead to dropping of leaves and death. It is desirable to spray in the summer and during the heating season, but it is not mandatory.
Fertilize flower fertilizer about 2 times a month in the period from April to October.
Transplantation and propagation
Doing a transplant about a year in light sandy soil with the addition of turf and ground sheet.
To propagate the plant is not easy to do by cuttings and seeds. Seeds is problematic as flowering is extremely rare in the indoor environment, and the berries often fall off.
Cuttings – take apical cuttings about 10 cm in length, they were treated with a stimulator of root formation, and root them in moist sand, expanded clay under glass. Root Eugene mortality difficult.
Pests and fight with them
Can be affected by scale insects and aphids, especially in dry and hot areas. With the defeat of the scale insects on leaves a sticky plaque, struggle with it often, using drugs intestinal action, conduct alcohol or an aqueous-oil processing, replace the top layer of the soil. To combat aphids is sprayed with a special agent.