aphelandra / aphelandra
General description : This large-leaf fast-growing plant looks very luxurious all year round thanks to its bright bright leaves with silvery or yellow, sharply prominent veins. In addition, in the fall, for about six weeks, it amuses the eye with orange or golden-yellow pineal inflorescences with spectacular bracts.
Unfortunately, the aphelandra is very capricious, in ordinary room conditions, it starts to lose leaves.
Recommendations for plant care Afelander:
Illumination : Photovoltaic, in the warm season, scattered light is preferred, in the winter, direct sunlight is useful, it is better to keep closer to the southern windows.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter. Overflow can be disastrous. To water with warm soft water.
Humidity : At what time the plant does not bloom, it is sprayed daily and regularly washed with cool water. During the flowering period, in order not to spoil the flowers, the humidity of the atmosphere is maintained by placing pots on a pallet with pebbles or claydite, which is continuously moistened. He does not like drafts.
Temperature regime : Very fond of warmth, winter and summer.
Soil : Proper benign drainage is required.
Recommended soil mishmash: 1 share of sod land, 4 elements of leaf land, 1 share of peat and 1 share of sand.
During the whole year, it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizer for flowering plants.
Breeding : In the spring in the soil heating and using phytohormones root shoots or whole leaves root.
Propagated like seeds, sowing in the spring of spring.
Transplantation : In the spring, it is better in April every year.
Pests : Affected by scutes and falsities (brown patches appear on the leaves and stems, leaving sticky excretions).
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).
Afelandra - Aphelandra