Dreamiopsis: home care, photo with species, reproduction
Deciduous evergreen plant such as dreamiopsis (Drimiopsis) is also called ledeburgia (Ledebouria). Originally a plant from the tropical regions of South Africa.
This bulbous plant is a perennial. On the surface of a pale green sheet plate, spots of dark green color are randomly scattered. Spike-like or racemose inflorescences carry from 10 to 30 pieces of white small flowers.
This plant looks very similar to eucharis, which makes it very easy to confuse them. You can distinguish them during the flowering period. So, the small flowers of Drimiopsis, which are part of the spike-shaped inflorescence, do not represent any decorative value, unlike the second plant. Also, eucharis has larger leaf plates than dreamiopsis.
Home Care Drimiopsis
Needs a very bright light. It should be borne in mind that the brighter the lighting, the richer and more spectacular the leaves of such a plant will be. But experts advise in the summer to protect the plant from the scorching direct rays of the midday sun, as they may well leave burns on the surface of the foliage.
In spring and summer, the plant needs a temperature of 20 to 25 degrees. With the onset of the autumn period, dryiopsis is recommended to be placed in a cooler (about 14 degrees) place.
Feels normal with low humidity in urban apartments.It is recommended for hygiene purposes to moisten the foliage from the sprayer and wipe it with a damp sponge (cloth).
How to water
In spring and summer, watering should be regular. It is produced as soon as the topsoil dries. To do this, use soft water, which should stand well. With the onset of autumn time, watering is reduced. In winter, watering is quite rare, especially during cold wintering. But it is necessary to ensure that the soil in the pot does not dry out completely.
Top dressing is carried out in the spring and summer 2 times a month. For this, fertilizers are used for bulbous plants or for cacti.
Suitable soil should be loose and nutrient rich. For the preparation of earth mixtures, it is necessary to combine sheet, sod and humus earth, as well as sand, which must be taken in equal shares. You can also pour charcoal into such an earth mixture.
Young specimens are transplanted once a year, while a new pot is taken larger than the previous one, and adults - once every 2 or 3 years (as the bulbs grow). Suitable for landing capacity should be wide and low. Do not forget to make a good drainage layer at the bottom of the tank.
Can be propagated by onion bulbs or seeds.
Bulbs should be separated from the mother plant after a dormant period in the process of transplanting or planting. Any damage to the bulbs should be sprinkled with chopped charcoal before planting.
Such a species as Drimiopsis Kirk can be propagated by leafy cuttings. For this, the sheet plate must be carefully divided into parts, the length of which should vary from 5 to 6 centimeters. Rooted in the sand, with a temperature of at least 22 degrees. Rooted cuttings are planted in separate pots with a diameter of 7 centimeters.
Pests and diseases
A spider mite and a scutellum can settle on a plant. You can get rid of scale insects with the help of Confodor or Actara. After washing the leaves with soapy water made from green soap, you can get rid of the spider mite. Or, for this purpose, a hot (temperature of about 55 degrees) shower is also suitable, but you should not allow the soil to be oversaturated with moisture.
If there is little light, then the leaves will become faded, monophonic, and their petioles will stretch out. If water stagnates in the soil, this can lead to the appearance of rot on the bulbs.
The main types
Drimiopsis Kirk (Drimiopsis kirkii)
This evergreen plant is bulbous and has a pronounced dormant period. The rounded shape of the bulb is painted white. Rigid lanceolate leaflets taper to the base. They are painted in a deep green color, and dark green spots are located on their surface, greenish gray below. In length, such leaves reach 40 centimeters, and in width - 5 centimeters. Petioles are either not present, or they are very short. Peduncle length varies from 20 to 40 centimeters. The spike-shaped inflorescence carries small white flowers. Flowering is observed from March to September.
Drimiopsis spotted (Drimiopsis maculata)
This deciduous bulbous plant is a perennial. The oblong-shaped dark green bulbs are not fully deepened into the soil. Leaf plates have an oval-heart-shaped and corrugated edges, they reach a length of 10 to 12 centimeters, while they have a width of 5 to 7 centimeters. On the green surface of the leaves are dark green spots. Leaflets have a long (up to 15 centimeters) petiole. A racemose inflorescence carries flowers with a rather weak, but at the same time pleasant smell. The color of the flowers can be yellow, beige, white or gray. Flowering is observed from April to July. During the dormant period, which is observed in the autumn-winter period, foliage partially circulates around the plant. In autumn, dreamiopsis can change the color of the sheet plates to a plain color, which is a completely natural process. In spring, spectacular spots will reappear on the leaves.