Ampiel cultures are divided into light-loving and shade-tolerant. For the design of modern interiors requires a competent combination of these groups. Akalifa bristled hair refers to demanding cultures in terms of light levels during the day. Therefore, the flower is suitable for decoration of windows, balconies, loggias and glazed terraces. Popular names: fox tail, foxtail. This is due to the special shape of the inflorescences, gathered in a long fluffy panicle up to 10 long. See Flowers have a rich crimson, yellow and orange color.
Akalifa flower belongs to the euphorbia family, which came to us from the Philippines and Fiji Islands. Accordingly, the care for alkalip at home should take into account all the requirements of the culture to environmental conditions. Look at the photo of akalif in different angles and views and continue the conversation about this plant:
Akalif Wilks, bristled hair, variegated, Spanish, ampelnaya and others (with photo)
On the basis of natural species, breeders bred various varieties of this plant. Akalifa bristled hair is the most common variety. Acalypha hispida is a room flower and nettle-like leaves of a light salad shade. Blossom begins in March, the period of development of inflorescences continues until the end of November. Requires a high level of ambient humidity and a constant temperature within 20 - 23 degrees Celsius. Wilks akalifa, variegated, Spanish, ampelous and other interesting species compete with this variety. Look at the photo for examples of similar plants:
Akalifa Wilks (Acalypha wilkesiana) has a popular name for the copper leaf, the natural habitat is the island of Polynesia. At home, he feels fine on the south windows, where there are no drafts. It grows quite voluminous bush with the length of the stem to 1,5 meters. The main distinctive feature of the variety is colorful leaves, their color can vary from light yellow to rich copper and green. On one bush may be present several shades of foliage at once. Leaf shape is oval with a carved edge, plastic slightly pubescent.
Akalif ampelous (Acalypha hispaniolae) or Haitian - has the ability to grow in the form of a falling waterfall a mixture of graceful lace foliage and long panicles of inflorescences of rich red color. The leaves resemble hearts in shape. The length of the shoots can reach 1 meter. Does not require pruning to form a bush. Usually it grows thickly with a magnificent hat, decorating with itself any window or balcony group.
Acalypha variegata - variegated or Spanish is distinguished by the original color of rather large pointed leaves. They are a light green shade with a patch of pale white spots of fancy shape. Blossoms without a break throughout the entire calendar year. Transplantation is required only after 3, from the initial landing.
How to organize care for alkalifa at home?
Growing this plant does not require special "feats" from the grower. Enough time to water and spray the bushes so that they pleased with panicles of bright inflorescences. In addition, regular feeding is required. How to organize the care of alkalifa at home - let's talk in detail later in the article.
Let's start with the rules of rooting cuttings and their planting for subsequent growth and development. The plant reproduces quite easily with the help of aerial shoots. Cuttings up to 10 cm are cut from an adult plant. Then they should be placed in water with the addition of succinic acid (2 tablets per 1 liter of water) for 10 days. During this period, small white roots will appear on each handle. Planting material is ready for subsequent rooting. The best container for this is disposable plastic cups up to 250 ml. In each such cup rooted 3-5 cuttings.
The soil is composed of 1 parts of sod land and 2 parts of organic humus. Drainage up to 1,5 cm is laid on the bottom. Then the ground is poured and the cuttings are planted. In this state, they germinate until the moment when the collection of deciduous mass begins. At this time, the plant can be planted in a large pot. Shrubs from 3-5 cuttings should not be divided before planting. The more cuttings, the more bush will be a bush akalify adult.
Proper care for any kind of alkaline necessarily includes regular humidification of the surrounding air. For this purpose, you can use the most common household spray. Spraying is carried out 2 once a day - early in the morning and late in the evening (after sunset). You can also put pallets with water nearby. In preparation for spraying the foliage in the spray should be poured water with a temperature of 45 degrees Celsius. If this event is not carried out, the plant suffers from the gradual drying of the foliage. Bushes are easily attacked by spider mites. To cope with the parasite will be very difficult in view of the density of foliage.
It is most difficult to grow Wilkes acalifa at home, as this species does not tolerate a sharp change in temperature. Even a light draft will be enough for the immediate death of an adult plant. It requires high air humidity and a relatively high ambient temperature with sufficient light. Those. the culture pot should be placed on the window sill, however, the required conditions can be created on the window only with the help of a special greenhouse. Only in this way can Wilks akalifa successfully endure winter in most regions of Russia.
The most unpretentious plant is ampelphae ampelous, it easily carries dry cool air, does not require frequent spraying and is absolutely not demanding to the ground. In the spring, around the beginning of March, molding trimming is carried out. All branches are shortened on 1 / 3, and with a large percentage of culling of dry branches, a small length of shoots on 2 / 3 is allowed. This will increase the pomp and accelerate the onset of flowering.
Caring for alkalifa requires attention to the procedure of watering. This plant prefers soil with an acidic pH reaction. When alkalizing alkalization, the leaves become discolored, the inflorescences fall off en masse and the plant may die. This is due to the fact that the root system of akalife is capable of assimilating water and nutrients dissolved in it only in an acidic environment. Therefore, approximately 5 drops of lemon juice per 1 liter of liquid should be added to the water for irrigation. You can use citric acid crystals. An excellent preventive measure for the alkalization of the soil is the addition of needles to the nutrient mixture during transplantation and planting. Pine needles after harvesting should be filled with boiling water with the addition of potassium permanganate and left for 2 hours.
In the event that the culture shows signs of chlorosis (lightening of the leaves and abscission of the inflorescences), then treatment should be started immediately. For this purpose, preparations based on copper and iron are used. They spend outside the root and root dressing 1 once a week. In some cases, the popular method helps recommending inserting an old and rusty metal object (for example, a nail) into the 3 ground pot.
Top dressing with mineral complexes and organic extracts is carried out from March to October 1 once a week. In the autumn and winter periods, 1 is administered once a month.