Today, indoor bamboo is becoming increasingly popular among amateur flower growers. In addition, bamboo, according to the teachings of Feng Shui, is a talisman tree that brings health, happiness and good luck to the house.
- Indoor bamboo - general information
- Growing conditions
- Reproduction of indoor bamboo
Indoor bamboo - general information
In fact, this decorative indoor flower has little in common with the tree-like bamboo in its familiar and natural form. It belongs to the Dracaenov family and its scientific name is Dracaena Sander. However, due to its external resemblance to its wild brother, it is more often called decorative, home, indoor, sometimes happy bamboo.
Indoor bamboo is a perennial evergreen with a fleshy green stem with lanceolate leaves at the top. In natural conditions, wild bamboo reaches several meters in height, dwarf plant species are grown in the rooms - no more than 1 meter in height. Dracaena rarely blooms, its flowers are small, sometimes collected in inflorescences - panicles.
Florists recommend growing Dracena Sander not in soil, but in water. This is explained by the fact that it is in the water that there are the most favorable conditions for the full growth and development of a plant. In addition, the roots of the flower are constantly in the water, and this minimizes the risk of developing a lack of moisture and wilting of the plant.
As a container for planting bamboo in water, a beautiful glass vase is perfect, on the bottom of which decorative elements are laid. It is important to bear in mind that tap water is not suitable for Dracena Sandera, moreover, it is destructive for her. For growing Dracaena, melt or rainwater is the best option.
However, bamboo also feels good in the ground. No special soil is required to grow a plant; a universal soil for indoor plants is quite suitable. You can prepare the soil yourself by combining sand, humus, peat, foliage and turf soil in equal parts. The only important requirement when breeding Dracaena.
Sander is the presence of drainage holes in the pot. If there are no holes, it can lead to stagnation of water in the pot, mold and damage to the root system of the plant. In addition, to eliminate the increased soil moisture in the pot, it is recommended to lay additional drainage from pebbles and expanded clay on the bottom of the pot.
The plant should be transplanted no more than once a year and preferably in the spring. When replanting, be sure to change the soil.
Indoor bamboo is a thermophilic and light-loving plant. It is recommended to place the pot with the plant in a warm and well-lit place, but protected from direct sunlight. Do not place a flower near a battery or any heating device, as the air around them is very dry. In the summertime, the pot or vase with the plant can be taken out into the open air. At the same time, the flower is very unpretentious to the air temperature, it feels equally good both at + 17 ° C and at + 35 ° C.
Indoor bamboo care
Dracaena Sander is quite unpretentious, does not require special care and increased attention to oneself. The main requirement for successful plant growth is timely and adequate watering.
- In winter and in the off-season, bamboo should be watered sparingly, while not allowing it to dry out. In summer, especially on hot days, watering should be abundant and frequent, as the soil in the pot dries up. Yellow tips of the leaves of the plant will indicate that the watering regime is violated. Do not water the plant with tap water, as the chlorine in it can destroy it.
- The plant does not need high humidity in the room, so there is no urgent need to spray the leaves of the plant. However, during periods when the air around the plant is particularly dry, you can spray it with water from a spray bottle.
- Like most plants, bamboo needs regular feeding. Top dressing is allowed by introducing organic liquid fertilizers based on peat or mineral fertilizers into the soil. In summer, you can feed bamboo every 3-4 weeks, less often in winter.
- If the bamboo grows not in soil, but in water, the water must be changed at least once every 7 days, and every three months it is recommended to introduce mineral substances into the water necessary for the full growth of the plant.
Reproduction of indoor bamboo
As a rule, bamboo is propagated vegetatively. You can cut the plant all year round. Cut cuttings are rooted in soil or water.
Dracaena Sandekra rarely gets sick, but sometimes the owners of the plant notice that its leaves have turned yellow. The reason for this may be the defeat of the plant by a fungus. Often, the leaves turn yellow due to a violation of the irrigation regime or due to an excess of fertilizers. In any case, the yellow leaves should be removed, the yellowed stems should be cut off. The cut points should be dried and treated with charcoal powder.
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