Hemigraphis — care at home
Hemigraphis – small (about half a meter in height) creeping house plant with oblong leaves with serrated edges, which, depending on the species and location can have bright green, silvery or reddish tinge, some species are wrinkled leaves.
Small flowers form a capitate inflorescence. To the flower grew well and bloomed regularly, you must follow certain rules of care.
Location and lighting
It does best in a well lit area, it is important not to put the flower pot under direct sunlight. The most suitable place – a window facing East.
Hemigraphis loves moderately warm air temperature. In the summer it should be around +22°C, and in winter +18°C, but not below +16°C.
Watering and humidity
In the period of active growth from spring to fall, this water-loving plant requires heavy watering, autumn and winter the amount of water is reduced, but still watered regularly.
As not tolerate peresushki and waterlogged earthen coma. Use soft and pooled water.
The lack of high humidity can turn yellow leaves and acquire a brown tinge around the edges.
Therefore, if the room has low humidity, the plant is periodically sprayed and washed. You can also near the pot to put the pan with a wet expanded clay. This is especially true during the heating season.
During the active growing season, from April to September, hemigraphis fed using a liquid complex fertilizer for decorative-deciduous plants.
Transplantation and propagation
Replanting is carried out annually using a substrate consisting of turf, leaf, peat, humus soil and sand (all components take equally). For the formation in the form of a nice Bush, pinch out the terminal Bud.
Spring and summer hemigraphis propagated by stem cuttings. They are separated from the adult plant, rooted in water and planted in soil. Conduct branch and rooting it is desirable at air temperature not below +25°C.
Pests and fight with them
The flower most often affects aphids, these pests dwell in the ends of the shoots and buds. To get rid of them, the plants treated with actellic or Malathion.
The appearance of a spider indicates that the spider mite. To eliminate the stems and leaves are washed with water, then use special tools.