Rafidophora Rhaphidophora

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Rafidophora Rhaphidophora
Rafidophora Rhaphidophora
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Aroid family. Homeland - India, Africa, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, China. In nature, there are about 100 evergreen species of lianas. Some species have needle-like formations on the stems (spines up to 1 cm long), hence the name Raphidophora in Greek. phora - "carrier", raphido - "needles".

Rhaphidophora decurvisa is a herbaceous vine that looks like a monster as a houseplant. The leaves are large, oval or heart-shaped, up to 60 cm long and 40-50 cm wide, pinnately dissected. Young leaves are whole. The surface of the face is glossy, leathery, dark green in color. The petiole is slightly shorter than the leaf, with a bend near the leaf plate. The inflorescence is an ear, with a wide yellow veil. The fruit is an orange berry.

Rafidophora care

Temperature: In summer, normal room temperature, in winter it would be nice to rearrange it to a cooler place, ideally 16-18 ° C. Some types of Rafidophora are grown by flower growers in countries with mild climates (Italy, Spain on balconies and gardens), with proper watering, they are able to withstand fairly low temperatures (dormant period at 10-12 ° C).

Lighting: Bright but diffused light or light partial shade in summer. On dark windowsills or on plants standing in the back of the room, the leaves are small, and the petioles are too long - the decorative look is lost. On the south and west windows, the plant can get burns, shading is required here (tulle, mosquito net, blinds).

Watering: Abundant from spring to autumn, water after the topsoil dries out. In winter, watering is moderate, the earthen lump should dry out well.

Fertilizer: From March to August, they are fed with a complex fertilizer for decorative deciduous plants. Top dressing every two weeks. You can use fertilizers "Uniflor growth", "Pocon for decorative leafy", etc.

Air humidity: Rafidofora is quite resistant to dry air, but the leaves are dust-free and sprayed from time to time. In winter, it is necessary to protect the plant from the hot air of the batteries (cover the battery with a damp towel or place the pot on a wide tray with damp moss or expanded clay).

Reproduction: In the spring, cuttings. The cutting should have a leaf and an aerial root, or bud. The cuttings are planted in small pots in equal parts of sand and leafy soil.

Transfer: Annually in a mixture of peat soil, humus, leafy earth and sand in equal parts. The soil should be sufficiently nutritious and at the same time loose. After watering, the soil should crumble, and not form a dense crust. A handful of vermiculite can be added as a baking powder instead of or with sand.

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