pahira / pachira
Belongs to the baobab family. Homeland - South America.
General description: Pacher seems to be called "Bottle tree" because of the thickened bottom elements of the stem, in which moisture accumulates. The leaves are dark green, leathery, palmarine-dissected. White tsatey, collected in large paniculate inflorescences. Unfortunately, in the indoor environment pachira usually does not bloom. Fruits - brownish oval berries. Pachira seeds are edible.
Pachira can grow up to large sizes, but it will start branching only after a few years. Grows slowly, lives long.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Pahir:
Illumination : Light-loving, shading is needed only in the summer afternoon.
Irrigation mode : Moderate, to measure the drying of the soil. In winter, outlandish.
Water with warm soft water. Does not love in any way overflowing, nor drying up of the earth.
Humidity: Periodic warm sprays are desirable, but pachyra is not demanding on atmospheric humidity.
Temperature : In the summer, optimally 20-22 ° C, in the winter 14-15 ° C, not lower than 10 ° C.
Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mash: 1 share of sod land, 1 share of leaf and 1 share of sand.
During the period of growth it needs regular fertilizing 1 time per moon with complex fertilizers.
Cultivation : Fresh seeds in spring using soil heating, cuttings in summer.
Transplant : In spring, young plants annually, mature once every couple or three years. The root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be wide, but not deep.
Pests : Affected by the scarlet spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, the leaves and stalks are woven over with a spiderweb), scutes (brown leaves on the leaves and stalks, leaving sticky secretions).
With a slight 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.
pahira - pachira