There is one houseplant that was tamed by skilled botanists and still pleases us with its unusual flowering. It is a clerodendrum, it is grown at home, getting a very original small tree or liana. In this article, our readers will be able to find out detailed information about this plant, its most popular species, which can be seen in the photo, as well as how to care for it at home. Indoor flower Clerodendrum care requires specific, but not complicated. If you follow the rules described below, then the answer to the question of why it does not bloom will not have to be sought. We will reveal all the secrets of successful agrotechnology, but for now look at the photos of various varieties and types:
In fact, such a name as clerodendrum is directly related to the territory where this tree is considered a plant that brings happiness. Today, housewives call this indoor flower as “innocent love” and it is believed that if it appeared in the house, then its owner will surely meet his soul mate in the near future. In the old Soviet encyclopedias, this houseplant can be found under the name “Volkameria”.
Botanical description of indoor clerodendrum and his photo
In its natural environment, a plant such as clerodendrum is found in the tropical bands of Africa, South America and Asia. In nature, it can be observed as small trees or climbing vines of the Verben family. In addition, some botanists secrete shrubs of this species. In fact, this plant has a rather impressive number of species, so be sure to know its botanical description, so as not to be mistaken when choosing a indoor flower. In the photo below, you can see the main varieties and types of klerodendrum, which are perfect for growing them at home, but let's talk about them a little later.
This plant differs from other indoor flowers in that it is a small tree or shrub whose leaves can be located 3-fly-lichen or opposite. At the same time, they have a rather interesting structure and form, which depends on the species. So, it can be jagged, heart-shaped, with solid edges or quilted leaves. Quilted they are called only if the surface itself has a dark shade, but at the same time it has pronounced streaks, as in the photo below. For example, such leaves can be observed in the form of the room thromson clerodendrum.
The flowers of klerodendrum have a rather attractive appearance and are greatly appreciated by growers. From themselves they are apical plates that are attached to the branches and have the form of a panicle. At the same time, the plant has a calyx of a bell-shaped species, having 5 blades, up to 2,5 cm. At its tip there is a nimbus, resembling a butterfly and long antennae-stamens. The rim itself has the shape of a cylindrical tube with 5 blades, as in the photo below.
Also, the klerodendrum has very flexible, but quickly woody shoots that can be climbing. In general, this indoor plant has a truly unique flower buds. They are very appreciated for the bright aroma, which by the way is different depending on the type of tree or shrub.
Popular types of Clerodendrum for home conditions (with photos)
The uniquely beautiful plant that came to our homes from Africa - Klerodendrum Thompson is quite popular today. In its natural environment, it can be seen exclusively as a liana, which has a rather beautiful flowering. Its homeland is considered to be part of Africa from Cameroon to West Sinegal, where it reaches 4 meters in length. The origin of this plant is tightly intertwined with African legends and myths, but now is not about that, let's better know what it is like at home and look at his photo.
In general, at home, Clerodendrum mistresses can grow in two forms, since it is known that it will not take root as an ampelous plant as well. This is its peculiarity, so you can get at home with the correct formation either a beautiful liana wrapped around a string or a neat bush.
Clerodendrum room view has oppositely located leaves of dark green color. It is this plant that can boast a “quilted surface” with pronounced veins on a leaflet, its length can reach 12 cm, and the tip can be slightly stretched and bent.
Klerodendrum blooms quite abundantly in spring and autumn, beautiful flowers can be seen from March-April to September-October. They are formed in the axils of the leaves on the side shoots. In the inflorescence, you can usually see around 10-20 flowers, which are a white flashlight with a red beater, resembling a butterfly shape. The stamens look like long antennae and can reach 2,5-3.
After Clerodendrum otvettaet forms an orange oval fruit with one seed inside. Its length can be no more than 1 cm. Seeds can be used to propagate this plant at home.
Another type of clerodendrum, which differs from others in that it grows very quickly - Ugandan, it is often grown at home to decorate the house and garden. Of course, this plant is a liana-like shrub, below you can see its photo and notice that it is not inferior to Clerodendrum Thompson in beauty.
With proper care for this plant at home, it can reach 2-meters in height. His main characteristic - the tendency to rapid growth, allows for a few months to form a large shape of the bush. But, in most cases, for proper formation it is necessary to shorten the shoots strongly before the start of active growth. Otherwise, if this is not done, special support for the plant will be required.
The leaves of this shrub have a broad-banded form or can reach 10 cm in length. At the same time they can be a dark green color without pronounced streaks. Unlike the “Thompson” type, their surface is smoother.
As for the flowers, they have a pleasant aroma and a light blue tint of the corolla and antennae stamens, which can be quite long. The Ugandan Clerodendrum has a unique characteristic - it is that it is capable of itself, with the right care in his youth, forming a crown and a bush form. That is why it is often used to decorate the landscape of the site, for example, as shown in the photo below.
Of course, this is possible only under the condition that the Ugandan klerodendrum was planted in open ground, then you can easily get a bush up to 2-3 meters in size with beautiful blue flowers for several months. If, however, to grow this plant in closed conditions, it will stop at a compact form, but still requires careful maintenance and timely pruning.
Just magical in its properties can be called Philippine Clerodendrum, which can please its owners with a unique aroma, remotely resembling the smell of jasmine. In the evening, it is enhanced, creating a real fairy tale in the house or on the site. It looks no less attractive, since it has inflorescences very similar to small roses, you can enjoy its appearance in the photo below.
Inflorescences of roses can make whole buds that look very beautiful against the background of fleshy leaves of dark green color. Usually, such buds of the Philippine-type clerodendrum can reach 20 cm in diameter. This is a great addition to any garden, as this plant is not whimsical and does not require careful self-care. It is also worth noting that it is very resistant to parasites and pests. If you want to grow it at home, then it must be done using layering.
Quite often, the Philippian klerodendrum is also called fragrant, its birthplace is the foot of the Japanese mountains, where these evergreen shrubs reach 2 meters in height. It is not necessary to hide that he can play the role of a houseplant just fine, in the open field it will be much better.
A rare, but no less beautiful plant that is perfect for keeping on a window sill in an apartment or house is Wallisch's Clerodendrum, also known as Prospero's Clerodendrum. In fact, this shrub has quite a few names, for example, you can say about such as “bride's veil” and “Cleopatra's tears”, he received them thanks to a rather abundant snow-white bloom, which pleases households in summer. In the photo below, Walloch's Clerodendrum is in its prime with lush flowers against a background of dark leaves.
This plant has an origin in India, and more precisely in Nepal, where in its natural environment it is found as a small shrub with large white flowers. Such compactness is an excellent characteristic, since Wallace's klerodendrum thanks to it can be safely grown at home as a houseplant.
The leaves of this plant have a lantcent appearance, dark green color and slightly wavy on the edges, which gives the flower an even more solemn look. But here, too, the klerodendrum boasts its miniature size, since they rarely exceed 5 cm and reach 8.
The active growth of Walloch's klerodendrum occurs in the summertime, then you can see the beautiful snow-white bloom. But, it also means that at these moments it is worth avoiding drying the soil and watering the plant abundantly. Of course, this houseplant is not as common as Thrompson's clerodendrum, but it is no less fastidious. So, you should definitely make sure that it always has a warm sunny place, without a draft. Also, in any case, it is not necessary to overfill it, since the disease of all klerodendrum can develop - chlorosis, when the leaves turn yellow and then fly around. In the photo below you can see a healthy plant cultivated at home.
Another nuance that should be remembered when caring for Wallisch's Clerodendrum is the fact that he, like other species, needs wintering when he can rest. At this time, it must be maintained at a temperature of 16-18 degrees. Do not worry about the fact that some of the leaves can fly around, they will grow back in spring. By the way, many botanists say that without wintering the plant will not bloom in spring and summer, so if you want to see the beautiful fragrant flowers of this shrub or tree, be sure to let it rest for a couple of months.
How to care for indoor clerodendrum at home
In fact, caring for such a plant as klerodendrum completely depends on its type. The fact is that many of these room perennials are not quite whimsical, but knowing some of the nuances will not harm amateur gardeners, who have decided to grow such an interesting exotic tree or shrub in household conditions. Let's learn about them in more detail and see photos of beautiful plants. Before caring for indoor clerodendrum, it is necessary to determine its type and variety.
One very important question that many owners are interested in is the plant - this is why the cerodendrum does not bloom. It all depends on the correctness of its content and on some factors. First: be sure to follow the passage of time, know that if you have purchased such a plant as an adult in winter and it has a beautiful flowering, from which it is simply impossible to take your eyes off - it means this plant blooms, perhaps the last time in your life. The fact is that the klerodendrum, even in its natural conditions, requires wintering. Even in tropical countries at this time of year, it is at a temperature of 15-18 degrees, which must be arranged at home. But it is worth avoiding drafts, as chlorosis can develop. By the way, this disease can also be the reason that the klerodendrum just does not bloom.
Almost all owners of a klerodendrum should be aware that abundant growth begins in late spring and continues all the time, it is at this time that watering should be abundant, otherwise diseases can occur. However, some species do not tolerate stagnant moisture in the soil. And without proper wintering, the klerodendrum again will not bloom, as it could have done after a rest.
The houseplant of such a plan likes to care very much and when it is sprayed from a spray bottle. This can be done both in summer and in winter, since the humidity of the air is very important for a klerodendrum. In winter, you should ensure that watering such a houseplant is possible only when the soil dries out completely. In no case do not fill in the flower with fertilizers - they are generally contraindicated in winter.
As for the soil, it should be nutritious and slightly acidic. In order to grow a clerodendrum at home, you can take a ready soil for roses and add a soil for azaleas (in the ratio - azalea / rose). For self-preparation of nutrient soil for the plant, you need to take the same parts of leaf, peat, sod land, humus and part of the sand. Make sure that the klerodendrum, regardless of the type at the bottom of the pot, has a drainage pad made of expanded clay or broken brick.
Also for the care of this plant at home are often used fertilizers, which are mostly liquid. Fertilizing should be done in spring and summer, at this time they use fertilizers for beautiful flowering houseplants, which is perfect for these purposes. In the fall, fertilizing should be reduced to one time, and in winter, generally stop and give rest to the plant.