It belongs to the Amaryllis family. Fatherland - Africa.
General description : The only indoor cultivated species is Vallotta speciosa (Valotta fine). It is a bulbous decorative flowering plant. In Valotta xiphoid green, with a reddish tint 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 pure white. Inflorescences usually appear at the end of summer.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Valotta:
Illumination : Valotta prefers a very bright light. Shading is needed only in summer afternoon.
Irrigation mode : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter.
Humidity : In the period of growth Valotta requires regular, but careful spraying, so that water does not fall on the flowers. Leaves should be wiped with a damp sponge. Keep away from drafts.
Temperature: Moderate in the warm season (not above 25 ° C.). In winter, optimally 10-12 ° C. Does not like a sharp temperature drop.
Soil : Requires benign drainage. You can add charcoal and coniferous bark.
Recommended soil mash: 1 share of sod land, 1 share of leafy land, 1 share of peat and 1 share of sand. You can add a rotted mullein.
In the period of growth needs fertilizing 1 time in two weeks fertilizer for flowering plants.
Breeding : Crushing during transplantation or daughter bulbs, at what time a bunch of bulbs grow well, they are deposited in the summer. The bulbs squeeze tightly into the soil at half a height; after planting, it is time to water only occasionally.
Transplantation : Transplanted in the spring, only at what time does the pot become extremely cramped (the roots begin to grow through the drainage holes). He likes little cramped, shallow, but wide pots.
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).
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
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