Lampranthus — care at home
Lampranthus – deciduous low-growing succulents, which reaches a height of 45 cm.
The plant has very beautiful flowers. Summer flower grown on the windowsill, and in the winter carry in a secluded and cool bright place, for example, in winter the greenhouse.
After the plant bloomed, there is a phase of rapid growth. This is the best time to transplant flower in a larger pot.
Location and lighting
The plant should be placed in South and South-Western Windows. In the shadow of the flower is almost no blooms, so it needs a bright sun and a certain amount of direct sunlight.
Lampranthus loves moderate temperatures. In the winter time when the dry content of the plant can withstand a temperature of at least 8°C, in summer it tolerates high temperatures.
During the rest of the flower should preferably be handled in a bright room with a temperature of about 10°C.
Watering and humidity
Between watering the soil should dry out on top. It is recommended to water the plants every 12-15 days (preferably soft water), in November and February, watering is reduced to 1 times a month.
As for the winter months (December-January), at this time, water the plant only if there is wilting of leaves.
Excessive watering leads to the death of the plant. Flower contain a room with moderate humidity.
In any case, after humidification, the moisture should not remain on the leaves of the flower, you need to remove all the water, otherwise it may cause damage.
Lampranthus fed a liquid complex fertilizer. Fertilize the plant 1 every 2 weeks, starting in may and ending in September. In a period of calm there is no need a dressing.
Transplantation and propagation
Transplanted plants in the spring, shallow dishes. When transplanting bare cut stems.
Propagated from flower seed and Cherenkov method (propagation by cuttings is possible only in late summer).
Seeds germinate in approximately 3 weeks, provided that the room temperature is about 15°C.
It is advisable to plant seeds in containers with good drainage. After the sprouts reached a height of 3-5 mm, they can be put.
Pests and fight with them
The plant may be affected by such pests as scale insects and mealybug. They are removed from the flower using a cotton swab, previously soaked in insecticide. In addition, insecticide is added to irrigation water.