Ktenanta — care at home
Ktenanta is a perennial herbaceous plants of the arrowroot family, his homeland was Brazil and Costa Rica.
The appearance of flowers, it is more often in the summer. Collected flowers ktenanta large ears.
Location and lighting
This plant is of medium height who require filtered sunlight and the presence of high up to 90% humidity even in the cold season.
Does not tolerate direct sunlight. Under their influence, the leaves of the plant is lost coloration and reduced size.
Temperature and watering
In this type there is increased sensitivity to temperature changes.
The most comfortable temperature, helps in the summer months for the ideal growth of plants is considered to be 22-25 degrees, and in the cold season — about 20 degrees.
The main thing to care about maintaining optimal soil temperature, this means that the roots are easily killed in case of hypothermia.
In the summer it must be maintained within a range of about 22 degrees, and in winter this figure leaves – 18-20 degrees. Ctenanthe requires abundant watering.
For these purposes, in the summer it is necessary to use the stand with warm water. In winter, the plant should be watering with less frequency.
Since the month of April and August, ctenanthe fed with liquid complex fertilizers, designed for decorative leafy houseplants. This should be done every two weeks.
Taken a half dose feeding. The plant is sensitive to excess fertilizer. After transplanted ktenanta, it is impossible to feed a month at least.
Transplantation and propagation
In the spring every two years the plant is transplanted. For these purposes it is necessary to get good drainage (to fill them 1/4 the height of the pot).
The soil consists of a mixture of peat, sand, humus soil, and leaves. Possible option of growing hydroponically.
Propagated through rooting of apical cuttings, dividing the Bush. When large transplanted plants, apply the latter method.
They are neatly divided into three instances, the soil for planting should be dominated peat, and abundantly watered with warm water.
Pots wrapped in plastic wrap and put in a warm place until, until you have transplanted the plants, new leaves.
Pests and fight with them
Scale is a small insect with a length of approximately 2 mm. the data Types of pests are diverse, they are not the same shape, size and color.
They can be large, wax colors, or convex, brown. Tight to the stems, petioles and leaves.
You can trim the affected parts of the plants, use chemicals (in the form of a slightly toxic oil products).
Combating scale insects can lead carefully examining the leaves. Must also scrape insects brush, and then leaves to wash the tobacco solution or warm soapy water. To make it easier to remove them, you can first coat the pads with kerosene or alcohol.