pachypodium / pachypodium
Refers to the family of kurtov. Homeland - Africa, about. Madagascar.
General description : Pahipodium is a tree-like plant. The stem is full, retaining moisture, covered with spines. Leaves are narrow and long, fall off for the winter. The milky juice of leaves contains rubber. Pahipodium is a rather unpretentious plant.
Usually, in the room conditions, three types of pahipodium are bred:
Pachypodium succulentum (Pachypodium succulent) It has a branching stem, young shoots have pubescence. Leaves are similarly pubescent, lanceolate. The spines are located in pairs at the base of the leaves. Flowers are small, pink.
Pachypodium lameri (Pachypodiumum Lame). This is a large species, it is allowed to grow as if a single plant. The stem is cylindrical, the leaves are long, slightly pubescent, thorns at the base of the leaves are arranged in three pieces.
Pachypodium brevicaule (Pahipodium short-stemmed) has a very unusual appearance. Its first stem has the shape of a tuber, from it depart short shoots of silvery color. Leaves a little, they are pubescent, oblong or ovate. At what time the pahipodium discards them for a period of inactivity, the plant looks like stones. The flowers are large, light yellow.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Pahipodium:
Illumination : Photophilous, preferring southern windows.
Irrigation regime : Moderate during the growth period, the soil must always be wet, in the winter it is very outlandish. Overflow can be disastrous.
Pahipodium short-stemmed rarely watered all year.
Humidity of air : Periodic spraying is desirable, but the pachypodium is not exacting to the humidity of the atmosphere.
For the summer it is better to place on a fresh atmosphere (in the park or on the balcony). if it is expected to drop the temperature at night, enter the building.
Temperature regime : Very fond of warmth, winter and summer. In summer it is optimal 25-27 ° С, in winter it is not lower than 15 ° С. He does not like the subcooling of roots and sudden changes in temperature.
Soil : Proper benign drainage is required. You can add small gravel or expanded clay. The soil is weakly acidic. If a snow-white calcareous deposit appears on the surface of the soil, the top layer must be replaced.
Recommended soil mix: 1 share leafy, 1 share peat land, 1 share humus and 1 share sand.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing watering once in the moon with fertilizers for cacti and succulents.
Breeding : Seeds, at home, getting seeds is very difficult.
Transplantation : In the spring, young plants annually, mature once in a couple of years.
Pests : It is affected by scarlet spider mites (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are cobwebby), thrips (grayish dots appear on the leaves).
For prevention need spraying.
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.
pachypodium - pachypodium