Gippeastrum — care at home
There is one of the most common room representatives of the family Amaryllidaceae.
This bulbous plant is remarkable for its large and beautiful blossoms, which can be purchased in different colours.
With proper care and proper care, the plant grows well and blooms regularly.
Location and lighting
Like most flowers, there’s better developed in scattered light. However, it tolerates direct sunlight. So to place it in any of the illuminated and ventilated space in the room.
The optimal summer temperature – 23-25°C, in autumn and winter Hippeastrum it is desirable to provide a rest period while maintaining the temperature of 10-13°C (but not below). If the plant goes into a dormant state, next year it may be worse to blossom.
Watering and humidity
As the flower comes from arid areas, it is better to tolerate the drying earthen coma than waterlogging, which can lead to rotting bulbs.
Therefore, in the spring and summer water it moderately, allowing soil to dry between waterings. First autumn to Jan watering ceases.
Dry air plant tolerates well, so spraying is necessary very rarely. During flowering to spray impossible.
Need fertilizing during the active growing season. They occur every 20 days, stopping a month before the rest period. Apply standard fertilizers.
Transplantation and propagation
Often there are not transplanted, do it 1 time in 3 years. The transplant does not take a very large pot (which must have a diameter of 5-9 cm larger than the diameter of the bulb).
Need to provide good drainage. Soil for transplanting take the following composition: turf ground, peat and river sand. For reproduction using seeds, bulbs or subsidiary division of the main bulb.
Daughter bulbs or part of the parent are planted in moist soil and maintaining a temperature of 24-25°C, waiting for germination, then planted in individual pots. Propagation by seed is rarely used, so as to raise the plant much more difficult.
Pests and fight with them
Among the insect pests most often attack mealybug, scale insects and spider mites. Not lead to the death of Hippeastrum, you need to start a fight with them, for this plant are treated with insecticides designed to kill insects.