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The pachypodium lamera is a plant that will appeal to almost every flower lover. How to care for a plant at home, and we will analyze other nuances in the article.
- A little about the plant
- Features of growing pachypodium lamer
- Important flower facts
A little about the plant
In the wild, the pachypodium reaches a height of 8 meters, and even higher. But the maximum plant growth at home does not exceed 1.5 meters. If you decide to have such a flower at home, then you need to be patient, because the pachypodium grows very slowly, no more than 5 cm per year, but, with proper care, after 5-7 years it will give you beautiful flowers.
The stem of the flower is rather thick, covered with large and sweeping leaves, under each of which there are three large and sharp thorns. This is how the plant protected itself in the wild. At the top is a bunch of oblong leaves, thanks to which many people note the similarity of the pachypodium with a small palm tree.
Features of growing pachypodium lamer
The pachypodium lamera has a number of preferences and care features, like any other plant. Let's take a closer look at them.
The choice of soil. The flower does not put forward special requirements for the soil. A high-quality soil mixture purchased from a specialized store and ordinary soil that you brought from your dacha and added a little river sand are suitable for him. But adding a little crushed red brick and charcoal will not only provide good drainage and access to oxygen, but also saturate the earth with the minerals necessary for growth.
In addition, charcoal has excellent disinfecting properties, it perfectly resists the development of infection or decay of the rhizome. But, you only need to use coal from hardwood trees. To do this, simply take a small dry birch branch and burn it.
Carefully break the firewood that remains into pieces, and gradually add to the soil to the plant. The temperature regime also has very loyal characteristics.
In winter, the flower is suitable for an air temperature of up to 8 degrees above zero. In fact, there are very few colors that can feel normal at this temperature setting. Usually the minimum requirement for other colors is 16 degrees. But, at this time, it is better to limit watering in order to prevent decay of the root system.
In summer, it is best to stick to a temperature of 25-27 degrees. Watering. This is where flower lovers have the most controversy. Some believe that the pachypodium lamer needs to be watered regularly, slightly irrigating the soil so that moisture is always contained in it.
Others believe that watering the soil in a pot is necessary only when it dries up. In any case, the optimal solution is to moisten the plant when the soil dries out by 1-2 cm. This way you can avoid overflow and the flower will not suffer from a lack of liquid.
In cold weather, watering should be minimized, since moisture does not evaporate so quickly, and the flower does not absorb so many nutrients, being in a period of slow development. At the expense of lighting, you can also not worry. The pachypodium perfectly tolerates both direct sunlight and partial shade, and develops well in both situations.
The humidity of the air around the flower does not play any role. It feels great both in high humidity and near a battery. In addition, you do not need to spray the plant from a spray bottle, except for hygiene purposes. Transfer. The plant does not need constant transplants: a young plant needs to change the pot for more times a year, but an adult pachypodium is better left alone for 2-3 years.
During the transplant, it is imperative to ensure good drainage, fill at least a third of the pot with it, so as not to get stagnant water. Fertilizers. You need to feed the flower every two weeks in autumn and spring, using mineral fertilizers with a low nitrogen content. After transplanting the plant, it does not need to be touched for about a month while it adapts and gets used to the new living conditions.
Adhering to these simple rules, you will get a healthy and beautiful flower that looks very original in an ordinary apartment or house.
Important flower facts
There are several features of the pachypodium lamer that you need to know before planting:
- The plant can shed its leaves in the autumn-winter period. This is considered completely normal, the pachypodium behaves like most plants at this time. A flower can be considered healthy if there is still a small "forelock" on top.
- To remedy the situation, do not water the plant for 5-6 weeks. And, as soon as you notice new leaves, feel free to encourage your home "palm" with moisture.
- The flower is very attached to its corner, and does not tolerate rearrangements. The pachypodium lamera can get sick, or shed all the leaves, just because you turned the pot the other way to the window.
The pachypodium does not tolerate drafts, they can destroy it. The fact that the plant is overcooled, it will tell you on its own: the leaves will begin to blacken and fall off, and the trunk will be lethargic, will lose its elasticity. If nothing is done in such a situation, the plant will simply rot. In summer, if possible, remove the plant to fresh air. There growth will improve and the pachypodium will freshen up.
In addition, the flow of oxygen has a beneficial effect on the general condition of the flower. It is worth mentioning another very important feature of the flower - it has a very poisonous juice. Therefore, despite its beauty and ease of care, it is simply forbidden to keep the pachypodium lamer in a house where there are small children or animals. And for safety reasons, it is better not to keep such a danger in the living room at all. You need to work with a flower only with gloves.
Even if you get a thorn prick while leaving, and then stumble upon a slightly broken leaf, you can get serious poisoning. As you can see, the flower does not need constant care, or special procedures, therefore it is quite simple to maintain it. But whether the beauty is worth the risk of poisoning with plant sap is up to you.
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