valotta / vallotta
Belongs to the Amaryllis family. Fatherland - Africa.
General description : The only indoor-grown species is Vallotta speciosa (the beautiful Valotta). This is a bulbous ornamental flowering plant. The valotte has xiphoid green leaves with a reddish tint at the base, 30-65 cm long. Bell-shaped flowers rise on long peduncles. The paint is usually bright red, but can be pink or snow-white. Inflorescences usually appear in late summer.
Valotte plant care recommendations:
Illumination : Valotta prefers a very bright light. Shading is needed only in the summer afternoon.
Irrigation mode : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter.
Humidity : During the period of growth, Walotte requires regular, but careful spraying, so that water does not fall on the flowers. Leaves should be wiped with a damp sponge. Protect from drafts.
Temperature: Moderate in the warm season (no higher than 25 ° C.). In winter, it is optimal 10-12 ° C. She doesn’t like a sharp temperature drop.
Soil : Necessary benign drainage. You can add charcoal and coniferous bark.
Recommended soil hash: 1 share of turf land, 1 share of leafy land, 1 share of peat and 1 share of sand. You can add a rotted mullein.
During the growth period, it needs to be fed once every two weeks with fertilizer for flowering plants.
Dilution : By crushing during transplantation or by daughter bulbs, at which time a bunch of bulbs grow well, they are planted in the summer. The bulbs are pressed tightly into the soil half the height, after planting some time it is watered only occasionally.
Transplanting : Transplanted in the spring, only at what time the pot becomes extremely tight (the roots begin to sprout through the drainage holes). He likes a little cramped, shallow, but wide pots.
Pests : Affected by a scarlet spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are braided by cobwebs), scabies (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky secretions).
The plant is allowed to help finish with soapy water, warm washing and spraying with Actellik (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Valotta - Vallotta