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Schlumberger (zygocactus) / schlumbergera (zygocactus)

It belongs to the family of cacti. Homeland - the tropics of America.

General description : In a nation, these cacti are called Decembrists, because it is in this moon that buds begin to form on them. Flowering usually occurs at Christmas. In nature, they grow in tropical forests on trees, i.e. they are so-called epiphytic plants.

Branched arcuate shoots Schlumbergers consist of flat leaf-shaped segments, with age, the trunk woody and starts to branch less. To form a crown and improve flowering, the plant is periodically pruned and pinch. At that time, at what time the Schlumberger does not bloom at all, it is useful to turn the pot to different directions on the side of the pot so that the shoots grow evenly. The most common type of Schlumbergera truncata (Schlumberger truncated) has a jagged margin of shoots segments. Blooms white, red, purple or pink flowers with petals bent back up to 2.5 cm in diameter.

It is important to provide the Decembrist with a cool and dry period of inactivity in the fall, before the source of flowering.

If a pair of unrelated Decembrists is inter-pollinated, the plant can produce bright pink fruits that last for a very long time.

Recommendations for the care of the plant Schlumberger:

Illumination : Needs bright but diffused light.

Irrigation mode : Abundant during the flowering period, later transplanting until April is moderate, until the autumn it is strange, from September to November there are dry conditions.

Humidity : Loves high humidity, you often need to spray, periodically wash under a warm shower. Keep away from drafts. Autumn dry essence.

Temperature : Optimum 18-20 ° C, no higher than 20 ° C, in October and November, no higher than 15 ° C, minimum 8 ° C.

Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.

Recommended soil mash: 1 share of sod, 1 share of leaf, 1 share of peat land, 1 share of sand.

During the period of growth it needs fertilizing once in two weeks with fertilizers for cacti and succulents. Top dressing to produce through 3 weeks after transplantation.

Breeding : Stem cuttings of 2-3 segments, little dried.

Transplantation : Transplanted after flowering, at the end of winter, annually. The root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be wide, but not deep.

Pests : Affected by the scarlet spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, the leaves and stems are woven over with a spider web), with scutes (brown plaques appear on the leaves and stalks, leaving sticky secretions).

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 is recommended.

Schlumberger (Zigokaktus) / Schlumbergera (Zygocactus)

Schlumberger (zygocactus) / schlumbergera (zygocactus)