achimenes / achimenes
It belongs to the family of Gesneria. Fatherland - Central America.
General description : It differs in that it blooms profusely with large funnel-shaped flowers with a beautiful bend of the corolla. The color of different varieties of different, but prkticheski always bright: pink, purple, yellow, blue, white, purple, etc. The flowering period from June to October. The leaves are velvety, pubescent, heart-shaped with serrate margin. Stems are weak and thin, ahimenez ideally placed in hanging baskets. You can tie shoots to supports to give a bushy look.
Ahimenez - a tuberous plant, it is pruned for the winter. Peeled and dried tubers are stored in a dark cool room.
The most common type of Аchimenes hibridia (Ahimenez hybrid). He has many varieties with flowers of different colors.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Ahimenez:
Illumination : Light-loving, in a warm time of the year they prefer diffused light.
Ahimenez - Achimenes
Irrigation mode : Abounding during the period of growth, after flowering, watering is gradually reduced, in a period of rest, if the plant is not removed from the ground, it is not watered at all.
Humidity : Loves high humidity, but does not like spraying. It is better to spray the atmosphere around the plant and arrange containers with water. Loves fresh air, but without drafts.
In the summer it is better to place on a fresh atmosphere (in the park or on the balcony) in the shaded room, but on a cool night, be sure to enter the building.
Temperature condition : Moderate, in a growth period no lower than 15 - 17 ° C. Poor sharp changes in temperature.
Soil : Requires very benign drainage. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mash: 3 elements of leafy ground, 1 share of peat and 1 share of sand. Add dry cow dung, sphagnum moss.
In the period of growth needs fertilizing 1 time in two weeks fertilizer for flowering plants.
Breeding : Preferably with nodules, allowed by cuttings and seeds.
Transplant : For a period of inactivity, rhizomes are usually removed from the ground and stored until spring planting in dry peat at a temperature not lower than 7 ° C. Germinated in light nutrient soil at a temperature of 15-18 ° C and high atmospheric humidity.
The root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be not deep.
Pests : Most often affected by mealy worms (covered with snow-white cotton-like fluff) and aphids.
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).