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Madder family. Homeland - Central and South America, New Zealand. 11 species are officially registered.
Nertera Granada Nertera granadensis is a perennial creeping plant with creeping stems and small rounded leaves about 0.5 - 0.6 cm in diameter, located opposite. It blooms with small greenish-white flowers, in place of which bright orange berries appear in summer, they stay on the stems for several months. The berries are not poisonous, but they also do not belong to edible ones.
Care for nertera
Temperature: Nertera likes stable cool conditions all year round, in summer it is optimal 20-22 ° C, not higher. In winter, so that the plant does not die, it is desirable to maintain a temperature of about 12-14 ° C, but not lower than 10 ° C. It is precisely the strict requirements for the temperature of nerter that a rather rare flower on our windowsills. Under normal household conditions, she lives no more than a year - it stretches too quickly, dries.
Lighting: Nertera prefers a well-lit place with little sun in the morning or evening. Good lighting is also needed in winter. Grows well on eastern windows. In a too dark place, the plant will not grow and bear fruit well.
Watering: Abundant in spring and summer, as the topsoil dries out. In winter, watering is limited with a cool content, but the frequency of watering directly depends on the specific temperature, only the soil should not dry out completely into dust.
Air humidity: It is useful to spray Nerter periodically, if the temperature is above 18-20 ° C, it is not necessary to spray at lower temperatures.
Transplant: If the plant has successfully overwintered, then it is transplanted in the spring before flowering. The nertera pot should be wide and shallow. The soil is required loose and moisture-consuming. Composition - 1 part of leaf (or garden) soil, 1 part of coconut substrate, 1 part of pine bark. Good drainage is a must. When transplanting, the earth is not compacted and compacted, it should not lose its looseness.
Reproduction: Nertera reproduces by dividing bushes, seeds and cuttings. Cuttings root quite easily in a humid environment (vermiculite) or simply in water.