pachistachis / pachystachys
It belongs to the family of acanthus. Homeland - South America.
General Description : The only indoor-grown species.
Pachystachys lutea (Pachistachis yellow) is a luxurious flowering plant. It grows a bush, up to 50 cm tall. The leaves are ovoid, dark green, with clearly marked veins, up to 10 cm long. It blooms from spring until autumn with golden spike-shaped inflorescences up to 12 cm long. Decorative effect is mainly due to the spectacular bracts, the flowers themselves are small, snow-white in color and hastily fall. Faded bracts cut off. In the spring, pruning of the shoots is carried out, which is allowed to be used as if cuttings for reproduction.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Pachistahis:
Illumination : Needs bright but diffused light.
Irrigation mode : Abundant in the period of growth, moderate in winter, according to the measure of drying out of the soil. He does not like no overflow, nor drying up of the earth.
Humidity : Needs regular spraying.
The humidity of the air seems to be maintained by placing the pots on a tray with pebbles or expanded clay, which is constantly wetted, making sure that the water at the roots does not stand.
Temperature range: In the summer, optimally 20-22 ° C, in winter 18-20 ° C, not lower than 14 ° C.
Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mash: 2 elements of clay-sod land, 1 share of peat, 1 share leaf, 1 share of humus and 1 share of sand.
During the period of growth it needs fertilizing once a fortnight with liquid fertilizer for flowering plants.
Breeding : Stem cuttings in spring and summer.
Transplant : In the spring, every year.
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), powdery worms (covered with a snow-white vatoobrazny fuzz).
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.
pachistachis - pachystachys