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The Tolstyankov family. Homeland - South Africa (Cape Province), Namibia. About 50 species are widespread in nature. The distribution area of Adromiscus is close to the Aizoon: deserts, as well as the mountains of South Africa. Therefore, the conditions of detention are generally similar.
Adromiscus is a slow growing but very attractive succulent plant with a short stem and numerous fleshy leaves. The inflorescence is spiky. The flowers are five-petal, the petals are fused into a tube. The most popular species are those with red and dark green spots on the leaves, but, unfortunately, when cultivated in a poorly lit room, these spots disappear.
Adromiskus Cooper Adromischus cooperi
Adromiskus Pelnittsa Adromischus poellnitzianus
Adromiskus trehpestichny Adromischus trigynus
Adromiskus Shuldianus Adromischus schuldtianus
- Cooper's adromiscus Adromischus cooperi is a highly branched, upright perennial about 10 cm in height with smooth cushion-shaped green leaves. A burgundy-brown spotted pattern appears in the bright sun.
- Adromiscus Pelnitsa Adromischus poellnitzianus - the stem of this plant is covered with a whole beard of red-brown roots. The leaves are pale green with a rough surface.
- Adromiscus three-pistil (three-columnar) Adromischus trigynus - leaves are obovate or almost round, flattened on the underside, gray-green, usually with red spots.
- Adromiscus Schuldianus Adromischus schuldtianus can be literally translated into Russian as Sinful Adromiscus. It is distinguished by the light gray color of obovate leaves, flattened with a pointed tip and a slightly wavy edge, marked by a contrasting purple-brown stripe.
Succulent plant lovers often make up flower arrangements by planting different plants in one planter or pot. This, of course, looks very beautiful, but as for Adromiscus, our professional flower growers advise planting succulents in the same pot, not with fatty plants, but together with aizoon (titanopsis, trichodiadema, faucaria, pleiospilos), so it is easier and more correct to care.
Adromiscus blooms beautifully and abundantly with good care. In the photo, Adromiscus copper (Cooper).
Temperature: Moderate in summer, it is better to shade in the heat so that the plants do not burn. In winter, it is desirable to keep at 8-12 ° C without watering. Can be kept on an insulated balcony from April to October.
Lighting: Bright sunny: south, south-east, south-west windows without shading. In summer, a sunny balcony is desirable. Slight reddening of the leaves is allowed. It is very important that there is fresh air in the summer.
Watering: In summer, adromiscus is watered sparingly, allowing the soil to dry well between waterings. The plant, even during the growth period, does not tolerate excess moisture. In winter, watering is stopped, subject to cold wintering. If the plant is kept at room temperature, watering is sparse and careful. The most important mistake in care is waterlogging, when they strive to water immediately, as soon as the soil has dried on top, and you need to wait with watering for another 4-6 days, or more depending on the temperature.
Air humidity: Carries dry air, does not need spraying.
Transfer: To prevent rot, the plant needs a very loose, well-drained substrate and a low pot (bowl). Soil is a mixture of leafy humus, sand and peat land in equal parts. At the bottom of the pots, you need to make very large holes, or pour a layer of drainage. Adromiscus does not need frequent transplantation, only as needed, when the roots grow too much.
Reproduction: All adromiscus are easily propagated by cuttings and even single leaves. Leaves on the plant are very fragile. Falling down, they take root easily and give life to a new plant.
There are usually no problems in growing Adromiscus. The most important thing to pay attention to is watering, waterlogging of the substrate for Adromiscus can be disastrous. Here is what Irina Bagdasarova says: "This plant can withstand for a long time without watering, much longer than other succulents. It grows in a continuous mode, tirelessly and almost at any time of the year, a leaf that has not been lifted from the ground takes root and gives children 100%. I have only one time Andromiscus decided to povyat - and definitely from excessive watering, I put it in the succulent garden. So it's better to keep it separate."
It is practically not affected by pests, it is usually too tough for a tick. Sometimes it can be affected by mealybugs.
This pest can be found in the axils of the leaves - like white cotton-like lumps.
Pests can be selected by hand, wipe the leaves with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or soapy water.
Of insecticides, it is advisable to use aktara or confidor. Aktara is diluted at the rate of 1 g of the drug per 10 l of water, confidor - 1 ml per 5-10 l of water. Re-treatment after 2 weeks.