myrtle / myrtus
Refers to the family Myrtle. Homeland - Southern Europe, North Africa.
General description : Myrt is quite an impressive log, more suitable for a garden, but it is allowed to grow and as a solitary plant to decorate a bright but cool hall. Myrtle leaves are small, bright, ovoid in shape, with a flattering odor. The phytoncides released by the leaves disinfect the air, the essential oil of myrtle is medicinal. In summer the mature plant blooms with scented snow-white flowers, in the autumn dark blue berries appear on it.
The word "myrtle" from Ancient Greek translates "medicine", this plant was considered a symbol of chastity, wreaths from myrtle wore the bride.
Recommendations for caring for the plant Myrtle:
Illumination : Photophilous, shading is needed only in the summer noon.
Irrigation mode : Abundant during growth, in the winter, outlandish, especially if the plant is kept cool.
Humidity : Requires frequent spraying, especially in warm rooms.
For the summer it is better to place on a fresh atmosphere (in the park or on the balcony).
Temperature regime : In summer the temperature should be moderate, in the winter cool 8-10 ° C.
Soil : Recommended soil mix: 2-3 elements of turf, 1 share of peat land, 1 share humus, 1 share of sand. During the growth period, one needs every fertilizer every 2 weeks with complex fertilizers ("Giant", "Rainbow" "Ideal", etc.) For mature trees, once per summer, it is allowed to make humus.
Breeding: Stem cuttings, seeds.
Transplantation : Young plants are transplanted annually, mature, older than three years are transplanted after a couple of years, but annually replace the upper layer of the earth.
Pests : affected by scutes (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky discharge), a spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are braided with cobwebs).
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).
myrtle - myrtus