Lapageria — care at home
Lapageria is a wonderful plant that requires special attention and care.
On sale it is quite rare, as it does not belongs to popular.
Lapageria pink slow — growing plant, reaching a height of 4.5 meters.
The flowers in the process of growth reaches a length of 5 — 8 cm and have a leathery surface.
Lapageria requires some support, since this vine.
Its branches are flexible, so flower it is best to pull on a wire or mesh, and in the future they begin to cling to the support.
The plant belongs to thermophilic and need diffused light, so the bright sun it should be protected.
The appropriate place is something that creates partial shade. Better suited to a West or East location.
In the warm season lapageria prefers normal room temperature. In autumn and winter the plant should ensure that the temperature in the region of 10 — 13 Sec. At night it can withstand temperatures down to-7ºs.
Watering and fertilizing
During the year, the plant should provide moderate watering. Before watering it is necessary to check the soil is dry or not, to prevent rotting of the root system.
Water should not be hard. In summer it is desirable to fertilizer complex fertilizer by adding it to irrigation water.
Multiply lapageria in different ways: by seeds or cuttings. Before sowing seeds, a few days before planting, they should be soaked in warm water until it swells. The water should be changed daily.
After swelling the seeds are sown in pots at a depth of 1 to 2.5 cm Soil for planting should be warm (18 — 21°C).
As the germination of seeds she must stay constantly moist. The leaves begin to appear on the second or third month after planting.
Cuttings are planted in a specific soil that contains peat and perlite and covered with a film, in which apertures.
If lapageria to grow in the right conditions, it is rarely exposed to disease. If the plant is grown outside in the country, it can be attacked by snails.
As a result, the leaves have holes. Fighting them takes place by hand or traps are used. Lapageria also, you should regularly inspect for pests.
On young shoots often parasitizes aphids, and sometimes it may appear on the whole plant. In this case, using systemic insecticides. You may also receive mealybug and spider mites.