Hymenocallis care at home
Hymenocallis – unusual beautiful tropical perennial flowering plant, belongs to the family amaryllidaceae.
A distinctive feature of this plant is its large white flowers, the filaments of which are connected to each other, making the inflorescence is similar to crown Narcissus.
This flower is characterized by rapid growth, it can reach a height of 1 m, blooms from March to may, and in June-September.
Location and lighting
Hymenocallis loves bright but indirect lighting. Sometimes in summer after flowering he was taken to a cottage in a flower garden.
If the sun is too much, the leaves can appear brown-yellow spots. Therefore, the best place for it is East or West window. In the winter when there is not enough natural light, it is desirable to provide additional lighting.
Hymenocallis, heat-loving, summer temperatures of 25-30°C; in winter it is supported in the area of 10-18°C. If the temperature is below – colors may be darker.
Watering and humidity
This moisture-loving indoor plants in the summer requires copious irrigation. During this period the soil should not dry out.
When there is insufficient or irregular watering, the leaves may turn pale, sometimes for that reason flowers become weak and confused. In winter, watering should be moderate.
Hymenocallis does not need high humidity, but if the room is very dry, you can lightly spray it on top, trying to water falling on the leaves and flowers.
Feeding starts to enter, when the young leaves appear, fertilize and till the end of flowering. For this purpose, liquid fertilizer for flowering plants.
Transplantation and propagation
Transplant carried out approximately every 3-4 years in dormancy. For this purpose, such a substrate: 2 parts of clay and sod land, half leaf soil, peat, humus and sand.
Hymenocallis propagated, seeds or daughter bulbs. The seeds are soaked, dried and landed in the ground (peat, sand), kept under covers at a temperature of 25°C. Then the seedlings are planted in pots.
If daughter bulbs are formed, they are separated and planted in a light soil. As these «kids» are formed not always, the mother bulb to split into 4 parts and implant them, then planted in the ground. When planting daughter bulbs of their covered with earth, not completely, but at ¼ of the height.
Pests and fight with them
Often flower damage aphids and mealybug. If you encounter these pests the plant is treated with a special medium – insecticides.