Plumbago (Pig): home care, transplantation and reproduction
Plumbago, or as it is also called piglet, originally from South Africa. It can be met in river valleys through shrubs, in the undergrowth of dry subtropical forests, in the lower zone, as well as in the foothills of the mountains.
Suitable soil for cultivation should be heavy. So, for the preparation of earth mixtures, it is necessary to combine sheet and sod land, peat, humus and sand, which should be taken in a ratio of 1: 2: 1: 1: 1.
At home, plumbago is grown like an ampel plant. In summer, it is recommended to plant standard forms of such a plant in the open ground, or grown in the form of lianas on a trellis. To create a stem, you need to select the strongest stem and tie it to the support, which should be located vertically (a stick will fit, which should be stuck in the soil). Then this stem must be cut to the height you need. The remaining weak stems must be cut. For 3 years (and maybe longer) in the upper part of such a plant, a lush and very effective crown grows, which consists of long stems hanging or prostrate. In summer, they are almost completely covered in inflorescences with bluish flowers.
The plumbago genus unites approximately 10–12 different species, which are represented by shrubs, shrubs, and perennial herbaceous plants. At home, only 1 species is grown - an ear-shaped pig.Plumbago auricular, or P. capes (Plumbago auriculata, or P. capensis) - this climbing beautifully flowering shrub has flexible, fairly long lianoid or twig-shaped stems. Whole extreme leaflets can be scapular or reverse lanceolate, short-leaved or sessile. Their base is wedge-shaped, and the tip is blunt. On the surface of the shoots and on the underside of the leaves there is a layer of scaly hairs. In the place where the leaf is attached to the shoot, there are 2 small kidney-shaped stipules, which are very similar to the ears. Flowering begins in early spring and ends only at the end of the summer period. At this time, lush inflorescences in the form of umbrellas, which consist of snow-white or bluish flowers, grow on the ends of the stems. On the surface of the flower calyx there is a layer of glandular adhesive hairs. A lump-shaped corolla from a thin long tube sharply passes into a five-membered spike-shaped limb.
A scabbard or a spider mite can settle on this flower.
He loves light very much, and it needs to be bright.
In the summer, experienced flower growers recommend moving such a flower to the street (in the garden, on the balcony). In winter, it needs to be placed in a bright and cool room, where the air temperature will be from 6 to 10 degrees.
How to water
During intensive growth, watering should be plentiful, and in the cold season moderate.
It does not need spraying, as it tolerates low humidity.
The transplant is carried out in the spring, while the stems should be shortened.
It can be propagated by cuttings. Cuttings quickly enough give roots in the sand, but lower heating is required.
If the leaves changed color to brown, and flowering stopped, this is due to too scarce watering.