Chlorophytum - the most unpleasant indoor plant
What family this plant belongs to, agronomists can not yet decide. Someone considers him a representative of lily, others call asparagus. One thing is for sure - chlorophytum grows in tropical and subtropical latitudes. You can meet him near rivers and streams, in lowlands, where the air is most humid! This fluffy flower hails from South Africa and also lives in Southeast Asia and South America.
Despite the fact that one species is more common in our floriculture (crested chlorophytum), there are more than 200 of them in nature. But even within the same species, different colors and leaf shapes can be found. Most have drooping leaves collected in a rosette. Under favorable conditions, chlorophytum blooms with pleasure, forming small white flowers at the ends of arched stems. Bunches of leaves appear on the same stalks. Over time, the plant forms a very lush bush!
The closest relative of the crested - chlorophytum curly Bonnie, its leaves resemble curls, this species is very decorative and grows rapidly, forming twigs with bundles of rosettes, it often blooms at home.
Another popular variety is Cape chlorophytum. It is larger than its “brothers” in size and has narrow leaves with a white border. In girth, the bush can reach 70-80 cm. It is considered the largest of its kind! Another feature that distinguishes this view is that it does not form daughter sockets.
The winged chlorophytum differs even more from the previous varieties; it is also called orange for the characteristic shade of the leaves at the base. Its lanceolate leaves are located differently than in other species, and the peduncle is formed directly from the center of the outlet.
Chlorophytum flower, like Sansevier is endowed with unusual properties! For a full existence, he simply needs substances that harm our body. This is carbon monoxide, formaldehydes, tobacco smoke. In return, it gives off oxygen! This versatile natural air purifier can be placed in the living room, in the bedroom, but green filters grow particularly well in the kitchen, absorbing fried products.
In order for the plant to cope effectively with its task and at the same time look healthy, some rules must be observed.
Temperature and lighting
This handsome man is not picky about the temperature regime, he easily tolerates weather changes! In winter it is able to grow at a temperature of 10 degrees, and in summer it feels comfortable at 23. In the summer months, it is best to place it in the fresh air! However, the flower does not like drafts, therefore, in the cold season, it must be kept away from windows.
This fluffy can exist in the shade, but it looks and develops much better in the sun, however, it is important to protect its leaves from direct rays.
Watering and humidity
For rapid growth, the chlorophytum flower needs minimal care. It is worth remembering that it is one of the "water chowders"! In summer, he likes intensive watering (up to 2 times a week), in winter a little more moderate (1 time per week). Watering the "curler" should be abundant, so that the earthen lump is saturated with water, in the summer, when it is hot outside, the soil must be kept in a slightly wet state. But do not overdo it so that it is not soured!
At any time of the year the flower will be grateful for spraying, from the dry air the ends of the leaves begin to darken. It is useful to wipe them from dust, which inevitably accumulates in the hollows, or to arrange a warm shower!
Fertilizers and fertilizing
Chlorophytum grows intensively from March to September, the dormancy period is pronounced and falls in the winter, when the plant goes into hibernation. Therefore, it is better to start watering with fertilizers with the advent of spring, adding mineral, or organic fertilizing to the water.
By the way, having reached adulthood, he blooms, releasing stems with small white flowers at the ends! Therefore, during flowering, you can use fertilizer for flowering crops.
Reproduction and transplantation
Due to its natural features, it is very easy to propagate chlorophytum flower! Growing up and about to bloom, he releases a "mustache", at the ends of which miniature "copies" of the plant appear - rosettes with leaves. They can be rooted directly in the ground, in separate pots! However, do not rush to separate them from the mother plant: until they take root, this connection will nourish them.
Chlorophytum, care for which involves a regular transplant, has a strong root system, therefore it is better to choose a wide pottery for a flower, 2-3 cm larger than the previous one.
You need to transplant the plant at the end of winter - the beginning of spring, when new leaves have not yet begun to grow! As a soil, a universal purchased substrate is suitable. You can prepare soil from garden, humus and sand in a ratio of 2: 1: 1. In any case, the soil should be nutritious, but at the same time loose! A large bush during transplantation can be safely divided into several small ones.