Policies — care at home
Policies belongs to the family Araliaceae.
Externally, this plant looks like a small and very beautiful tree.
Despite the fact that policies rather capricious, it is widely used as house plants many flower lovers.
Their popularity thanks to the ever-green leaves. In nature this plant grows in the tropical forests of Asia.
In the home policies to grow difficult, as it requires strict humidity and temperature. The plant is capable of reaching 2 meters in height.
Policies in the home — care tips
Location and lighting
The best place to host policies at home will be the window to the West or the East. It must be remembered that even the smallest permutation of the pot can cause leaf drop.
The lighting in the room should be bright, as polyscias very photophilous plant. But direct sunlight has a detrimental effect on the plant, so the best option would be policies partial shade.
The optimum Temperature for the maintenance of the plants should stay in the range of 18-22°C. it is Important to ensure that in winter it does not fall below the specified range.
You should not place the pot near radiators.
Watering and humidity
Watering policiesof at home can only be made soft and a little warm water. The land must be always a little wet.
In the winter allowed the soil dries in between waterings. Polyscias loves spraying, so you need to give the plant a shower at least once a week.
Since plants need humidity, it is recommended to put next to a pot a container of water or place it in a tray of wet stones.
Fertilizer of policies
The plant should be fertilized in the spring and summer months at least 1 time in two weeks a special fertilizer designed for decorative leafy houseplants. In the autumn and winter months, feeding should be excluded.
Transplantation and propagation
Young plants should be transplanted annually. Adult policiesof extremely transplant not more often than once in 2-3 years.
As the soil is suitable a mixture of turf peat and sand in equal proportions. Propagated plant cuttings, but this is a very long process for a very long rooting.
In early spring the cuttings are cut and sprinkled with crushed charcoal. Then the cuttings are planted in peat mixed with sand and covered with a cap.
To contain the cuttings should be at a temperature of 25°C. the Simulation of the greenhouse must be 2 times a day to air, and the plants are regularly sprayed.
Pests and fight with them
For policies threat: aphids, scale insects and spider mites. For pest control you must use insecticides, trim the infected leaves, and also rinse in soapy water the affected areas to remove insects.