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Commeline family. Homeland - tropical rainforests of South America. There are only 4 species in nature.
As a houseplant, Geogenanthus wavy Geogenanthus poeppigii is widespread - a perennial herb about 40 cm high. The stems are reddish, the leaves are grouped at the ends of the shoots in several pieces. Leaves are broadly ovate, on short petioles, about 8cm long. The leaf surface is dark green, shiny with longitudinal silvery stripes, wavy, the reverse side is purple. The flowers are pink, small, collected in racemose inflorescences, have no decorative appeal.
Geogenanthus - care
Temperature: moderate, does not like heat, optimally in summer around 20-24 ° С. In winter, it is slightly cooler than 18-20 ° С, at least 16 ° С.
Lighting: Hohenanthus is photophilous, but shading from direct sunlight in spring and summer will be required. An east, north or northwest window is best.
Watering: abundant from spring to autumn - the soil should be slightly damp all the time, i.e. water after the top layer of the earth dries up. In winter, watering is moderate - the soil should have time to dry well, but not dry out completely. Those. after the top layer of the earth dries up, you need to wait two days and only then water. It is advisable to use warm soft water for watering.
Top dressing: from March to August, they are fed with fertilizer for indoor decorative leafy plants every two weeks.
Air humidity: Geogenanthus loves very humid air, so the leaves are regularly sprayed, you can place the plant on a tray with wet pebbles or expanded clay. Excessive watering does not compensate for insufficient air humidity, from which the tips of the leaves dry out.
Transfer: annually in the spring. The pot should not be too deep and the soil should not be heavy. Substrate: 1 part coniferous, 1 part leaf, 1 part humus earth and 1 part sand. Good drainage is a must. You can plant geogenanthus in a universal soil, 2 parts of which add 1 part of pine bark.
Reproduction: stem cuttings and dividing the bush. Cuttings root perfectly in water, just cut twigs 5-8 cm long and put in a glass of water, the roots grow back in 2 weeks.