How to grow gippeastrum
Hippeastrum was introduced into Europe from South America. Popularity among fans of indoor flower he received thanks to an unusually elegant colors. A notable feature of this plant - the ability to control the timing of flowering. If Hippeastrum bulb planted in the fall, it will bloom for Christmas "knight star".
You will need:
- gipperastruma bulb; - Universal primer; - Expanded clay; - Fertilizer for flowering plants; - flower pot.
Instruction how to grow gippeastrum
Select a bulb planting. It should be large, with no trace of the disease, a sufficiently dense to the touch. The larger the bulb is selected, the longer and more abundant will bloom. Soak it in water 1 hour at room temperature.
Pick a pot to plant Hippeastrum with a diameter of 6-8 cm more than the diameter of the bulb; depth -. about 15 cm Flower pot planting Hippeastrum should be several large drainage holes.
Sprinkle the bottom layer of expanded clay in the soil for planting Hippeastrum 2-3 cm thick, add a few pieces of charcoal -. It will prevent rotting of the bulbs. Pour on top of a layer of expanded clay soil and lightly moisten it.
Place the Hippeastrum bulb so that it protrudes above the ground not less than 1/3. Otherwise, the plant will not bloom, giving all the power the formation of "kids."
Place the pot with the bulb to the south-west or south-east window. Hippeastrum - photophilous plant.
Water the plant with caution. Avoid excessive moisture of the soil - the bulb may rot. The best way of watering Hippeastrum - root. Enter the water in a broad bowl and place it in a pot with the onion. After 30-40 minutes, when the soil is sufficiently hydrated, transfer it to the pan. Increase watering as the flower arrows of growth - the higher the arrow, the more abundant and more frequent watering.
As soon as the arrow reaches the height of 15 cm, fill a universal flower fertilizer. The flowering period of the plant should be fertilized every week.
After gippeastrum bud, cut off the stems. The leaves should not be removed - one bulb gets additional nutrients. Once the leaves wither - tear off them.
Organize Hippeastrum dormant period. To do this, remove the bulb from the pot, shake off the ground and place it in a plastic bag with sawdust. Put the bag with Hippeastrum in a dark, cool place. It can be on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. The rest period of this plant lasts 2-3 months.