Pedilanthus — care at home
Silnovetvisty shrub pedilanthus – one of the representatives of the family Euphorbiaceae.
A plant grows under various climatic conditions, so apparently can be very different.
The name of the Bush is associated with an unusual form of bracts, similar to a sandal. Flowers in a small size, not-very-nice.
The main value of the plant is considered ornamental leaves. The birthplace of Bush – America.
Under natural conditions the plant can reach a height of 2 metres, in the Bush thick strong stalks that cover the leaves.
The surface of the leaves of pedilanthus is rarely smooth, as a rule, in them, she wavy. The most popular plants with variegated leaves on one sheet, you can see several streaks: green, light pink and white.
Pedilanthus in the home — care tips
Location and lighting
The shrub should be placed in rooms with bright ambient light, is mandatory to avoid direct exposure to the sun.
Summer pot of flowers can be taken outdoors or to bring to the country, pedilanthus must be protected from falling rain. Winter need additional lighting.
Pedilanthus at home can be grown at a temperature of 25°C, in summer the plant can be in a room where the temperature is 30°C.
If the temperature is too high, the room where the flower must be frequently ventilated.
In the cooler months of the year temperature should not exceed 17-18°C. the Plant should be protected from drafts and strong winds.
Pedilanthus watering and humidity
In warm time of year the bushes are watered as needed (as soon as dried up top layer of the substrate). In winter the plant needs moderate watering. The humidity is not very significant to plant.
Fed pedilanthus at home fertilizer for succulent plants, in which low nitrogen content. Fertilize the bushes begin in spring and end in autumn.
Transplantation and propagation of pedilanthus
Transplantation is required when the roots fill the volume pot. Pot is considered to be correctly selected if its height is approximately equal to the diameter.
A prerequisite for the successful cultivation of pedilanthus – the presence at the bottom of the pot with expanded clay as
the plant does not tolerate acidification of the substrate.
Pedilanthus propagated in spring and summer, mainly for reproduction using cuttings, seeds rarely.
Pests and fight with them
The main pests include aphids, spider mites, whitefly and mealybug.