Zeropegia - miniature candles
Ceropegia is a houseplant known to many, because its decorative value, like an ampel plant, leaves no doubt. Growing ceropegia at home is generally not difficult, but there are some nuances. About the features of growing ceropegia in the room will tell our article.
- Botanical description of the plant
- Caring for ceropegia at home
- Reproduction of ceropegia
Botanical description of the plant
Ceropegia (Ceropegia) - a genus of plants of the Kutrov family (Apocynaceae) It counts more than 200 species originating from the tropics and subtropics of Africa, Asia and Australia.
In greenhouses and rooms, ampelous or curly decorative species of this genus are grown. Most common Ceropegia Byda (Ceropegia woodii) - an elegant ampel plant with long thin shoots, in the nodes of which rounded nodules form.
The leaves are leathery, fleshy, small (up to 2 cm in diameter), heart-shaped, rounded, green with a white marble pattern. The flowers are small, tubular, brownish, pubescent, formed in the axils of the leaves throughout the stem.
Byda ceropegia is sometimes considered a subspecies of Ceropegia linearis (Ceropegia linearis - C. linearissubsp. Woodii).
Of the other types of ceropegia, the following are common:
- Ceropegia Linear (Ceropegia linearis) - an ampel plant with small narrow linear leaves, with nodules on the stems;
- Ceropegia Stapeliform (Ceropegia stapeliiformis), having a climbing stalk with very small greenish-brown leaves, funnel-shaped flowers, purple, developing in the upper part of the stem;
- Sanderson's Ceropegia (Ceropegiona sandersii) with green curly stems several meters long; leaves are thick, green, heart-shaped; the flowers are light green, resembling parachutes in shape.
Home care for ceropegia
It grows better in bright rooms, but suffers from direct sunlight. It develops well in both cool and warm rooms.
In winter, the temperature should not be lower than + 10 ° C. Watering in summer is moderate, in winter - limited, only as the earthen coma dries out, avoiding waterlogging.
Unlike other plants, fertilizer practically does not require.
Reproduction of ceropegia
Plant ceropegia in small pots with a soil mixture of leaf and turf land, peat and sand in equal proportions. Propagated by seeds and cuttings.
Seeds are sown in spring, lightly sprinkled with a thin layer of earth and covered with glass. Seedlings dive once, and then transplanted into pots with good drainage.
Stem cuttings are planted in wet sand, the slices are pre-dried well. Can be propagated by nodules.