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Commeline family. Homeland tropical regions of Asia and Africa. About 55 species are widespread in nature. In England, Somali cyanotis is called "furry ears" - for the white, long hairs that cover the long protruding leaves.
cyanotis Somali cyanotis
- Cyanotis Somali Cyanotis somaliensis is a small herb with creeping stems. Leaves are sessile, arranged alternately, with a tubular sheath covering the stem. Leaves are fleshy, lanceolate, about 5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. The reverse side of the leaf is reddish purple. Stems and leaves along the edge and on the lower surface are covered with long white pubescence. Flowers in short apical inflorescences or solitary, bright blue.
- Cyanotis bedomi Cyanotis beddomei is a small herb with creeping stems. Leaves are sessile, arranged alternately, with a tubular sheath covering the stem. Leaves are fleshy, ovoid or heart-lanceolate, about 3-4 cm long, 1.5-2 cm wide. The reverse side of the leaf is reddish purple. The stems and leaves are covered with dense, short, reddish hairs. Flowers in short apical inflorescences in shades from reddish to purple. Synonym - Cyanotis Kyu Cyanotis kewensis.
In summer, it is common, does not like cyanotis heat, optimal conditions for it are within 20-26 ° C. In winter, he prefers a cooler content - ideally 12-13 ° C, at least 8 ° C, but he lives well at home all year round in warmth, the only thing that is needed is to make sure there is enough light. Do not place the pot with the plant near the heating system, the cyanotis will dry out and may die, while spraying does not save the day.
Cyanotis is photophilous, lighting is required bright and diffused, ideal is an east window or north-west window. On the south and west windows, shading is required between 11:00 and 15:00.
Watering is moderate from spring to autumn - by the next watering, the soil should be only slightly damp inside, but dry well in the upper part of the pot. In winter, watering is rare - by the next watering, the soil should be practically dry. Be guided by the temperature, do not water if the ground is still wet to the touch.
From March to August, they are fed with fertilizer for indoor decorative leafy plants every two weeks in the recommended doses. After transplantation, do not feed for 1.5-2 months.
Cyanotis is undemanding to air humidity, does not need spraying.
Annually in the spring, cyanotis should be transplanted into fresh soil, consisting of 1 part of sod land, 2 parts of leaf, 1 part of humus and 1 part of fine gravel (2-3 mm). You can use any universal soil. But it is advisable to add 1 liter of vermiculite, 0.5 liters of coarse washed river sand and a small handful of dry (well weathered) mullein to 5 liters of store soil.
Cyanotis can significantly lose its decorative qualities in 2-3 years: the shoots are stretched out, in the lower part they lose leaves, especially from lack of light and the rapid consumption of nutrients from the soil. Therefore, it is cut off and rejuvenated (renewed) bushes from cuttings.
Stem cuttings in spring and seeds. Cuttings root better in water or wet vermiculite. Cyanotis are of the same genus as Tradescantia. But unlike its relative, cyanotis do not take root so easily by cuttings. If Tradescantia can be rooted at any time of the year, then the cuttings of cyanotis are set to take root in water only in spring: April-May.