achimenes / achimenes
Refers to the family of Gesneria. Fatherland is Central America.
General description : It differs in that it blooms profusely with large funnel-shaped flowers with an excellent bend of the corolla. Coloring in different varieties is different, but always always bright: pink, purple, yellow, blue, snow-white, purple, etc. Flowering period from June to October. The leaves are velvety, pubescent, heart-shaped with a serrate margin. Stems are weak and thin, achymenes ideally placed in hanging baskets. You can tie the shoots to the supports to give a bushy species.
Ahimenez is a tuber plant, it is cut off for the winter. Peeled and dried tubers are stored in a dark cool room.
The most common species is Achimenes hibridia (Achimenez hybrid). He has many varieties with flowers of different colors.
Recommendations for caring for the plant Ahimenez:
Illumination : Photophilous, in the warm season, scattered light is preferred.
Achimenez - Achimenes
Irrigation regime : Abundant during the growth period, after flowering, the watering gradually decreases, in the rest period, if the plant is not taken out of the ground in any way, it is not watered at all.
Humidity : Likes high humidity, but does not like spraying. It is better to spray the atmosphere around the plant and arrange containers with water. He likes fresh air, but without drafts.
For the summer it is better to place on a fresh atmosphere (in a park or on a balcony) in a shaded room, but on a cool night must be brought into the building.
Temperature regime : Moderate, during the growth period no more than 15 - 17 ° C. Poorly tolerates sharp temperature changes.
Soil : Very good bore is needed. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mishmash: 3 elements of leaf land, 1 share of peat and 1 share of sand. Add dry cow dung, sphagnum moss.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizer for flowering plants.
Breeding : Preferably nodules, allowed by cuttings and seeds.
Transplantation : For a period of inactivity, the rhizomes are usually removed from the ground and stored until spring planting in dry peat at a temperature of at least 7 ° C. Sprouted in light nutrient soil at a temperature of 15-18 ° C and high atmospheric humidity.
The root system is superficial, so the pot must not be deep.
Pests : Most often it is affected by mealybugs (covered with snow-white cotton wool) and aphids.
The plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution, warm rinsing and spraying with an actellite (1-2 ml per liter of water).