Nertera, or coral moss (Nertera, sem. Marenovye) is a highly decorative groundcover plant, which is given a special beauty and brightness by bright orange pea-sized glassy berries. The homeland of the Nerter is Central and South America. Her leaves are small, rounded, sitting on creeping stems. Nerter blooms in late spring, flowers are small, inconspicuous, greenish-white. The fruits remain on the plant all fall and winter. Usually two types of nerter are grown: Nertera granadensis and the nerter pressed (Nertera depressa).
Nertera prefers a bright location, but grows well in partial shade. Humidity is high, in summer the plant is placed on a pallet with wet pebbles and sprayed, trying to prevent drops from falling on the flowers. In winter, the optimum cool content, but the temperature should not fall below 6 ° C.
In summer, they watered nerter abundantly and fed twice a month with full mineral fertilizer. Nerter is best grown as an annual, but with proper care, you can save the plant for the next year. For this, lower temperatures and rare watering are needed in winter, but the soil should not dry out. With the advent of a new shoot, watering is increased, the plant is taken out into the open air, where it is kept until the berries appear. At the end of winter, after the fruit has fallen, the bush can be divided to propagate the nerter. Reproduction is carried out using seeds. When kept for many years, Nerter is transplanted annually in the spring. The substrate is made up of turf and leafy soil, sand, humus and peat in a ratio of 1: 1: 1: 1: 1.
The appearance of light spots on the leaves, their yellowing and decay indicates, as a rule, too low a temperature in winter and spring. Of the pests of nerter, aphids are affected, a diseased plant must be treated with karbofos or an actellik.