The kalanta — caring for orchids at home

the kalanta

The kalanta (the Orchid family) is translated from Greek as «beautiful flower».

There are 2 groups of these flowers: deciduous and evergreen.

The plant is terrestrial with ovoid or conical uporabite pseudobulbar covered with thin scales.

Has 3-4 leaves up to 40 cm and a width of 10 cm down-curved peduncles, many-flowered. The flowers can reach 8 cm in diameter.

They are revealed gradually, so the plant can bloom for 1-2 months. A rest period occurs in February after the kalanta Bud and lasts about 2 months.

The kalanta home — care tips

 Location and lighting

The plant requires a warm, well ventilated room. Direct sunlight is detrimental, you need diffused light. In the rest period, remove flowers in a dark place.

Temperature

The optimum temperature for kalanta summer +20-26°C, winter 16 to 22°C.

Watering and humidityWatering should be abundant, not allowing the drying of the earth. The soil should always be moist, but not wet. When the plant starts to grow buds watering must be limited.

Humidity must be maintained at a high level. At the onset of dormancy, stop watering. Periodically, the plants are sprayed.

Fertilizer

With the beginning of active growth in the spring, the plant should be fertilized every second watering. During flowering watering each time you add fertilizer.

Transplantation and propagation

The kalanta are propagated by dividing the tubers with a small appendage. They are planted, not buried, the ground sheet with a high content of peat.

To transplant the plant should be every 3 years or as needed if the roots become crowded in the pot.

May also seed propagation. They germinated on nutrient media under sterile conditions. Grown from seed specimens bloom for 4-5 years after sowing.

Pests and fight with them

The plant can suffer from aphids and spider mites. Aphid – a small insect that sits in large colonies on leaves and roots of plants.

Pests cause deformation of the ends of the shoots, and wilting of the leaves. Good effect against these insects make drugs «Decis» and «Karate».

Spider mites – insects yellow-green and red colors. They bite leaves and suck out the juice. Multiply rapidly.

They can’t stand UV light and hide on the inner side of the sheet. Against ticks is a very effective drug «Fitoverm».

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