Hydrangea — care at home
Hydrangea – a beautiful indoor plant with red, pink, blue or white flowers and long stems of bright green hue.It blooms from March to late autumn.
Among the many types of these colors in the indoor environment contain most of the «bigleaf hydrangea».
Location and lighting
Hydrangea requires moderate shade and does not tolerate too bright light and direct sunlight. For this reason, the flower is not put on the South side. With too intense lighting on the leaves may appear bright spots.
Hydrangea loves the cool air. Even in the summer months she needs a low temperature (from 8 to 18°C).
In winter, during dormancy, plants provide cool temperature conditions in the range of 8-10°C. Near the heater pot to place it is impossible. Slightly increase the temperature until the end of winter – when the rest period.
Watering and humidity
This plant is water-loving, and abundantly watered it. When there is insufficient soil moisture on the leaves can occur brown spots. Water for irrigation use to defend, is soft, suitable and clean rainwater.
In winter reduce watering significantly, and increases again when the hydrangeas appear buds. Periodically put the pot in a basin of water.
Throughout the year, the air is moistened with spraying. If the room is working in heating appliances, in addition to the spraying adds a wash of leaves.
Fertilize flower all year round, it is desirable to do every week or every 2 weeks. Used for feeding of complex mineral resources.
Transplantation and propagation
About 1 time in 2 years hydrangeas are transplanted, each time increasing the volume of the pot. The soil for the transplant are taken from the pH 5.5.
If soil acidity is not high enough, there may be a yellowing of leaves. Well suitable substrate, consisting of peat, pine land, humus and sand.
Propagated plant cuttings. The cuttings, which reached lengths of 7-10 cm, separated, bury into the ground and covering glass, kept at a temperature of 22-25°C before the first leaf. Then the sprouted seedlings are seated in individual small pots, the tops, it is desirable to pinch off.
Pests and fight with them
From insects hydrangeas can harm mealybug, spider mite and thrips. If you have symptoms of the infection of these parasites (slow growth, yellowing, small insects or spider on the leaves) the plant is treated with special insecticides.