How to care for Anita during and after flowering?
Secrets of growing tropical "stars"
Bromeliads are a family of South American ornamental flowers.Due to their unpretentiousness, they quickly adapt to home conditions and delight in the long flowering period.Tropical "Star" - this is how people call the blue tillandia of the bromeliad family. The flower has received the nickname at the expense of a bright scaly tsvetonosa which can become covered by twenty small florets.
Care for tillandia at home should begin with the selection of the soil. In normal soil, bromeliad does not growwill be able. The habitat for this flower is the foot of the rocks or the trunk of a tree. To bring the lady of the rock will not work, but to make the right mixture is quite real. For this you need:
- chopped bark (preferably from a coniferous tree);
- leafy ground;
- sphagnum moss;
Tillandsia has a root system that spreads along the surface of the soil. Therefore, the best would be an oblong shallow pot.
Flower pot replacement
The first transplant is recommended within a week after the purchase of the plant. It is important at the first move not to destroy the earthen clod around the root system. That is, you must carefully move the entire contents of the pot into a larger pot and fill the empty space with soil. Watering the first week after transplantation is not recommended, it is more effective to spray the plant 3-4 times a day, because tillandsia sucks more moisture through the leaves. The most favorable time for transplantation is after completion of flowering and at the appearance of the first children for reproduction. Transplanting is necessary for the flower to grow.
Home care for the plant does not require additional lighting equipment. Tillandsiya blue or asShe is also called Anita, and she loves slightly darkened places.The most optimal content is windows from the north or west side. In the winter, when exposure to the sun's rays diminishes, it will be appropriate to move the vase with a flower to the south or east side. If this is not possible due to the location of the windows, then the lack of light can be filled with a fluorescent fluorescent lamp. Such artificial illumination of bromelia is taken for natural light.
Tropical air is characterized by high levels of humidity. Behind the decorative flower tillandsia, home care requires attention to the level of humidity. The minimum critical indicator of air humidity is 60%. But for the longest possible flowering period, bromeliad requires 70-80%, which is the norm at home.
Most ordinary apartments correspond to this percentage, with the exception of the winter period. Centralized heating and additional heat-generating devices dry the air and complicate the care of bromelium.Therefore, it is necessary to use special humidifiers or irrigate independently from the sprayer. The frequency of spraying is three times a day, and then the blue tillandia will bloom for the entire period allotted to it. Moreover, reproduction with the right humidity is faster.
Tillandsia grows rosette with a large flower stalk in the center. It is around him that babies are formed, due to which reproduction occurs. Often, looking at a photo of this plant, the flower is confused with the flower itself, because it looks much more spectacular. The appearance of the peduncle is the first stage of flowering. At the next stage, small blue flowers appear, which replace each other during the entire flowering period. At home, to observe the flowering of this bromelium can be from September to January.
On the photo and video of blue tillandia you can find both pink flower and green. This is because during the completion of flowering, the peduncle turns green, and then it blooms. Reproduction during this period is considered to be the most effective.
Caring for tillandia at home is easy. The main thing is to follow the recommendations and remember that an individual approach is necessary for any plant. Therefore, the best rules of care - those that are developed with the acquisition of their own experience.