Ixia — care at home
Is an amazingly beautiful member of the family iridaceae, native to Tropical and southern Africa, has about 45 species.
It is a tropical, perennial, flowering plant with narrow, sword-shaped, arranged in 2 rows of leaves.
Flowers in a symmetrical and simple paniculate spikes can be white, pink, red, yellow, or rarely brown and green with red.
Growing Ixia in the garden plots, you can turn them into a work of art, making the Alpine slide or figures of animals, just landed plants. The flowering period lasts 20 days, accompanied by a wonderful aroma.
Location and lighting
The plant prefers windless place in the sun if you plant it in the shade will not flower. Can be grown in room conditions. In the summer the pots can be transferred to fresh air.
Very thermophilic. In cold climates, can be planted in an indoor soil with good lighting and air flow.
Watering and humidity
The lack of moisture will begin to wilt the leaves, so it is impossible to dry out the land even for a day. Excessive watering can lead to mold formation in the bulbs. On hot summer days, it will be useful to spray the plant.
Fertilizing with mineral fertilizers, alternating with organic. You can also use fertilizer, special for bulbous plants, and they should be regular.
Transplantation and propagation
Planting should be done in spring or a winter. In temperate climates, the bulbs are planted in November at a depth of 8 cm, but requires that the bulbs did not have time to germinate before winter.
If there is a likelihood of freezing, then it is necessary to plant in the spring, in early may to a depth of 5 cm, covering a covering material.
The soil must be drained to avoid stagnation of water in rainy period. Watered every 2 weeks, the appearance of the sprouts begin to water more often.
After the flowering period, the bulbs remain in the ground until the end of July. Closer to August, dig them up, store in a cool and dry place until the next planting in the ground.
When storing maintain humidity of 80-90% and a temperature of about 9 degrees. Propagated by corm with young children.
Pests and fight with them
It is believed that the Ixia resistant to pests.