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 created mainly by 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 are 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, to the extent of drying out of the soil. Does not love in any way overflowing, 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 continuously wetted, making sure that the water at the roots does not stand.
Temperature condition: In the summer it is optimally 20-22 ° С, in winter 18-20 ° C, not lower than 14 ° С.
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 1 time in two weeks with liquid fertilizer for flowering plants.
Breeding : Stem cuttings in spring and summer.
Transplant : In the spring, every year.
Pests : Affected by a scarlet spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stalks are woven over with a spider web), scutes (brown leaves on leaves and stalks that leave sticky secretions), powdery worms (covered with a snow-white cotton-like fuzz).
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.
pachistachis - pachystachys