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Madder family. Homeland South America. Manettia inflata is common as a houseplant. This is a herbaceous vine with a soft stem that easily twists around the support. Leaves are green, opposite, on short petioles, broadly lanceolate or ovoid, tapering towards the end, about 4-5 cm long. Flowers are solitary or in few-flowered corymbose inflorescences. The corolla of the flower is tubular, about 2 cm long, bright red from the base, yellow to the end.
Manettia - care and cultivation
Manettia is a rare plant that can be found at home among lovers of potted flowers, but it is quite unpretentious, and the only serious requirement for care is good air humidity, which, however, is not difficult to provide.
Temperature: Manettia prefers moderate temperatures, in summer around 22-24 ° C, preferably no higher than 28 ° C. In winter, cool content, in the range of 15-16 ° C, minimum 12 ° C. Try to ventilate the room more often and avoid placing this plant in a stuffy kitchen.
Lighting: Bright, diffused light with some direct sun in the morning or evening. Grows well on the east, northwest, north window. You can put the pot in the immediate vicinity of the south window if it is covered with light tulle.
Watering: In spring - in summer, abundant, the soil should be slightly moist inside the pot, but have time to dry out in the upper part. In winter, watering is more moderate. Manettia does not tolerate overdrying an earthen coma or excessive dampness. Use soft warm water for watering.
Fertilizer: During the period of active growth from March to August after two weeks, liquid fertilizer for flowering indoor plants. The fertilizer dose is taken half as much as recommended by the manufacturers.
Humidity: Needs regular spraying. You can place a flower pot on a pallet with wet expanded clay or gravel.
Transfer: Annually in the spring. Soil - 1 part sod, 1 part coniferous, 1 part leaf, 1 part peat land and 1 part sand. Good drainage is a must.
Reproduction: Cuttings, which are cut in February - March. The cuttings are rooted using phytohormones and with soil heating. Germination soil: a mixture of universal peat soil and vermiculite in equal parts, it is imperative to sterilize.