Geogenous — care at home
Attractive indoor herb geogenous of the family komlinovic comes from the humid tropics of South America.
There are 4 types of these plants.
Most of them are low (about 40 cm) and feature a distinctive oval leaves with longitudinal silvery stripes, reddish stems and small pink flowers, gathered in inflorescences.
Location and lighting
Geogenous relates to a light-loving species, so it is placed on a well-lit side pritenyaya from direct sunlight. From a long stay under intense ultraviolet light, may die.
This heat-loving flower like the high temperature all year round. Summer comfortable for him temperature of 20-23°C, in winter it reduces to +16-18°C.
Watering and humidity
Geogenous needs abundant watering from spring to fall and more moderate in winter. It is impossible to prevent drying of the soil. For irrigation use pooled water at room temperature.
In addition, it likes high humidity, so you need regular (in summer daily) spraying.
Instead of spraying, you can put the pot in a container of wet gravel. If the air is too dry, it may turn yellow and fall off the leaves.
Feeding needed every 2 weeks from March until August. To do this, use a standard fertilizer for decorative-deciduous plants.
Transplantation and propagation
Transplanting is carried out infrequently, about once every 2-3 years, the young plants are transplanted annually in the spring. To do this, prepare a light soil mixture consisting of clay, leaf, humus earth, peat and sand. On the bottom of the pot is placed drainage.
Geogenous propagated by cuttings or by dividing the Bush. The cuttings, separated from the plant root in water. After the appearance of roots they are planted in small pots with a light substrate.
When you split the hive, take out of pot and separate with your hands or a knife part of the rhizome, while choosing the healthy parts of the root.
Each separated part planted in a separate pot, and the first time its abundantly watered and kept in the shade. Feeding introduced only after a month.
Pests and fight with them
Of insects the most dangerous spider mite. Its presence can be identified by the presence of webs on the leaves. The leaves are washed with warm water and treated with special funds, including actellic.