Refers to the family of Amaryllis. Fatherland is Africa.
General description : The only species grown in room conditions is Vallotta speciosa (Valotta is beautiful). This bulbous ornamental flowering plant. In the valotta, the swallowtail is green, with reddish tinge at the base of the leaves 30-65 cm long. Bell-shaped flowers rise on long peduncles. The paint is usually bright red, but can be pink or white. Inflorescences appear usually at the end of summer.
Recommendations for caring for the plant Valotta:
Illumination : Valotte prefers a very bright light. Shadowing is needed only in the summer noon.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during the growth period, moderate in winter.
Humidity : During the growth period, the valotte requires regular, but neat spraying, so that the water does not fall into the flowers. Leaves should be wiped with a damp sponge. Keep away from drafts.
Temperature regime: Moderate in the warm season (not above 25 ° C.). In winter it is optimal 10-12 ° C. Do not like the sharp temperature difference.
Soil : Proper benign drainage is required. You can add charcoal and coniferous bark.
Recommended soil mishmash: 1 share of sod land, 1 share of leaf land, 1 share of peat and 1 share of sand. You can add rotten mullein.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizer for flowering plants.
Breeding : Crushing during transplantation or by daughter bulbs, at which time a bunch of bulbs grow well, they are planted in the summer. Bulbs tightly squeezed into the soil at half height, later planting some time watered only occasionally.
Transplantation : Transplanted in the spring, only at what time the pot is made extremely tight (the roots begin to germinate through the drainage holes). Loves a little cramped, shallow, but wide pots.
Pests : It is affected by scarlet spider mite (in dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are braided with cobwebs), scabbards (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky discharge).
The plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution, warm rinsing and spraying with an actellite (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Valotta - Vallotta