Belongs to the Verben family. The homeland is the tropics of India, Central and South America.
General Description : Ornamental flowering plant. Leaves with serrated edges. The color of flowers varies depending on the variety: snow white, pink, blue, etc. To form the crown, the duranta is regularly pinched and cut during growth.
Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:
Duranta plumieri (Duranta Plume or "Pigeonberry"). It is a richly flowering tree with oblong leaves, pointed at the ends. The flowers are small, blue or purple. Later flowering on the duranta formed yellow berries.
Duranta lorentzii (Durant Lorenz) grows in the form of a bush up to 1.5 m in height with tetrahedral shoots. Its leaves are smaller, leathery and jagged on the outskirts.
Humidity : Requires frequent spraying, especially in warm rooms. Duranta loves fresh atmosphere, but without drafts.
Temperature condition : In summer, the temperature should be moderate, in the winter it should not be lower than 16 ° C.
Soil : Drainage is required. It is useful to add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mash: 1 share of sod land, 2 elements of leafy land, 1 share of humus, 1 share of peat and 1 part of sand.
During the period of growth it needs regular dressing with liquid complex fertilizers, similarly twice a season it is allowed to mix up the upper layer of the earth with rotted cow manure.
Cultivation : In spring, when soil is heated and using phytohormones, lignified cuttings root. In winter and at the beginning of spring, seeds germinate with soil heating.
Transplant : In spring, young plants annually, mature once a couple years.
Pests : Durant is most often affected by scutes (brown plaques appear on the leaves and stalks, leaving sticky discharges), spider mites (in a dry atmosphere, the leaves and stalks are covered with cobwebs) and aphids.
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Recommendations for the care of the plant Durant:
Illumination : Light-loving, prefers southern windows, but in the spring should be carefully accustomed to direct sunlight to avoid burns.
Irrigation mode : Abundant in the period of growth, moderate in the winter. But does not allow drying.
Duranta Plume Duranta plumieri
Lorenz Duranta Duranta lorentzii