pachira / pachira
Refers to the baobab family. Homeland - South America.
General description: Pahiru is similarly called "Bottled Tree" because of the thickened lower stem elements in which moisture accumulates. The leaves are dark green, leathery, palmate-dissected. Cages are snow-white, collected in large paniculate inflorescences. Unfortunately, in the room conditions the pahir usually does not bloom at all. Fruits are brownish oval berries. Seeds of pahira are edible.
Pakhira can grow up to large sizes, but it will only start branching in a few years. It grows slowly, it lives for a long time.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Pahir:
Illumination : Photophilous, shading is needed only in the summer noon.
Irrigation mode : Moderate, by the measure of drying of the soil. In the winter, outlandish.
To water with warm soft water. He does not adore in any way the overflow, nor the drying out of the earth.
Humidity of air: Periodic warm spraying is desirable, but the pahir is not exacting to the humidity of the atmosphere.
Temperature regime : In summer it is optimal 20-22 ° C, in winter 14-15 ° C, not lower than 10 ° C.
Soil : Drainage is mandatory. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mix: 1 share of sod land, 1 share leafy and 1 share sand.
During the growth period, one needs regular fertilizing once a day in the moon with complex fertilizers.
Breeding : Fresh seeds in the spring with the use of soil heating, cuttings in the summer.
Transplantation : In the spring, young plants annually, mature once in a couple of years. The root system is superficial, so the pot must be wide, but not deep.
Pests : It is affected by scarlet spider mite (in dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are braided with cobwebs), scabbards (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky discharge).
With a small infection, the plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution and a warm wash.
In case of severe damage, spraying with an insecticide solution (acticle, decis, phytoverm etc.) is recommended.
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