pachypodium / pachypodium
It belongs to the Kurtov family. Homeland - Africa, about. Madagascar.
General description : Pachypodium is a tree plant. The stalk is full, retaining moisture, covered with spines. The leaves are narrow and long, fall in winter. The milky sap of leaves contains rubber. Pachypodium - quite unpretentious plant.
Usually, three types of pachypodium are diluted under room conditions:
Pachypodium succulentum (Pachipodium succulent). It has a branched stem, young shoots have a pubescence. The leaves are similarly pubescent, lanceolate forms. Spines are arranged in pairs at the base of the leaves. Flowers are small, pink.
Pachypodium lameri (Pachipodium Lame). It is a large species, it is allowed to grow as if it were a single plant. The stem is cylindrical, the leaves are long, slightly pubescent, the spines at the base of the leaves are arranged in three pieces.
Pachypodium brevicaule (Pachypodium short stem) has a very unusual look. Its first stalk has the shape of a tuber; short shoots of silver color are moving away from it. Leaves a bit, they are pubescent, oblong or ovate. At what time the pachypodium discharges them for a period of inactivity, the plant looks like stones. Flowers are large, light yellow.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Pachipodium:
Illumination : Light-loving, preferred southern windows.
Irrigation mode : Moderate during the growth period, the soil should always be wet, in winter it is very strange. Overflow can be destructive.
The short stem pachypodium is rarely watered throughout the year.
Humidity : Periodic spraying is desirable, but pachipodium is in no way demanding of atmospheric humidity.
In the summer it is better to place on a fresh atmosphere (in the park or on the balcony). if a night decrease in temperature is expected, bring it into the building.
Temperature condition : Very much loves heat, in the winter and in the summer. In the summer, the optimum is 25-27 ° C, in the winter there is no lower than 15 ° C. Does not like supercooling of roots and sudden changes in temperature.
Soil : Requires benign drainage. You can add petty gravel or expanded clay. The soil is slightly acid. When a white lime deposit appears on the ground surface, the upper layer must be replaced.
Recommended soil mash: 1 share leaf, 1 share of peat land, 1 share of humus and 1 share of sand.
During the period of growth, it needs fertilizer irrigation 1 time per moon fertilizer for cacti and succulents.
Cultivation : Seeds, at home to get the seeds is very difficult.
Transplant : In spring, young plants annually, mature once every two to three years.
Pests : Affected by the scarlet spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, the leaves and stems are woven over the web), thrips (grayish dots appear on the leaves).
For prophylaxis, spraying is needed.
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.
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