bilbergia / billbergia
Belongs to the bromeliad family. Fatherland - the jungle of Central and South America.
General Description : An impressive variety of types and shapes, the most common:
Billbergia nutans (bilbergia drooping). This is the most unpretentious plant of all bromeliads. Named so because of the drooping inflorescences with long pink bracts. Leaves are cereal-shaped, long, delicate, with spikes on the ends, collected in the socket. With good lighting, they acquire a pinkish or bronze tint. Young plants hastily bloom. It blooms in winter.
Billbergia windii (Bilbergia Winda) owns larger sizes, flower stalks up to 45 cm in length. The leaves are dark green.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Bilbergia:
Illumination : Needs bright but diffused light.
Irrigation mode : Abundant in the period of growth, moderate in winter, by the measure of drying out of the ground. As if all bromeliads, bilbergia prefers that the water is poured into the rosette of leaves (except for the rest period), but if the socket is not very impressive at all, water the soil in a pot.
Humidity : Requires regular spraying, but tolerates a dry atmosphere, unlike the rest of bromeliads.
Temperature conditions : A is moderate in summer and winter, but in winter bilbergia can withstand temperatures up to 2 -5 0 С.
Soil : Recommended soil mix: 1 share of sod, 1 share of leafy land, 1 share of humus, 1 share of peat and 1/2 elements of sand. You can use ready-made soil for bromeliads.
During the period of growth it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizers for bromeliads.
Cultivation : Well-formed lateral shoots or seeds.
Transplant : Every year in the spring after flowering. The root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be wide, but not deep.
Pests : Affected by spider mites (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are woven over with spiderwebs), shield-boards (brown plaques appear on leaves and stalks, leaving sticky secretions), powdery worms (covered with a snow-white vatoobrazny fuzz), aphids.
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
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