neoregelia / neoregelia
Belongs to the bromeliad family. Fatherland - Brazil.
General description : Neoregelia - decorative leafy plant. Its leaves reach 40 cm in length, it expands widely, so it is better for Neoregelia to grow as if it were a single plant. Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:
Neoregelia carolinae (Caroline Neoregelia). The leaves are bright, belt-like, diverging from the basal rosette. They are dark green in Neoregelia carolinae marechalii, striped in Neoregelia carolinae tricolor. The base of the inner leaves turn red before this bloom. Blooms in blue flowers.
Neoregelia carolinae spectabilis (Neoregelia is beautiful). Before flowering, her base turns red, only the tips of the leaves.
The plant is quite unpretentious, easily divorced under room conditions.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Neoregelia:
Illumination : Light-loving, shading is needed only in the summer afternoon.
Irrigation mode : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter. Water with warm soft water. It is recommended to pour water directly into the outlet, but only in summer, in winter it is better to soil, in order to avoid rotting.
Humidity : Requires periodic spraying. She loves the fresh atmosphere, but without drafts.
Temperature condition : In summer, the temperature should be moderate 22-25 ° С, in winter cool 16-20 ° С, minimum 13 ° С.
Soil : Requires very benign drainage. You can add charcoal and coniferous bark.
Recommended soil mixture: 1 share of light sod land, 1 share of leaf, 1 share of peat, 1 share of humus and 1/2 of sand. You can use the purchased soil mix for orchids.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once a month with complex fertilizers for bromeliads or usual half-serving. The diluted fertilizer is applied when watering or spraying route.
Cultivation : Usually rooted in soil heating shoots formed at the base of the plant. You can sow the seeds, but they must first be etched and sterilized ground. The soil for germination should be very loose (a mixture of leaf soil and sand, or chopped moss and fern roots). Seedlings need high humidity, shading and soil heating.
Transplant : The mother plant dies after flowering. Spring transplanted offspring. The root system is superficial, the pots should be shallow.
Pests : Affected by the scarlet spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are woven over with a spider web), mealybugs, scutes (brown plaques appear on the leaves and stalks, leaving sticky secretions), aphids.
With a small infection, the plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water and warm washing.
In case of severe injury, spraying with an insecticide solution (actellic, decis, fitoverm, etc.) is recommended.
Neoregelia - neoregelia