Cineraria Cineraria

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Cineraria Cineraria
Cineraria Cineraria
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Family of Compositae. Homeland of the Canary Islands. The genus has more than 50 species.

Some of the species are classified as a separate genus Pericallis Pericallis. Including, the well-known Cineraria cruenta Bloody Cineraria is now called Bloody Pericallis Pericallis cruenta is the correct name.

But in this case, it turns out that there are practically no ornamental houseplants left in the Cineraria genus. The only species that is sometimes grown is the Cineraria saxifraga, native to East Africa. It is a low herbaceous plant, 20-30 cm high, with a rather spreading dense crown. Leaves are light green, not pubescent, tiny, lobed, shaped like a fan with a wavy edge, only 1.2-1.5 cm long. Inflorescences are small yellow daisies, quite numerous.

Caring for Cineraria

Temperature: Cool all the time, in summer 18-22 ° С, in winter it is optimal 12-13 ° С, not higher than 15 ° С and not lower than 8 ° С.

Lighting: Intense diffused light, an east or west window sill is best.

Watering: Abundant in summer, with drying at the top of the pot. Water for irrigation is used warm, soft. Does not tolerate strong soil drying.

Fertilization: In spring and summer, fertilizers for succulents or ornamental flowering plants, in a dose half the recommended dose.

Air humidity: Cineraria loves humid air, so it is advisable to keep it on a pallet with wet pebbles or expanded clay.

Transfer: Cineraria are planted in the spring in low, and not too spacious pots. Drainage is required at the bottom of the pot (expanded clay or cork). The soil mixture should be nutritious and loose, take 2 parts of leafy soil, 1 part of pine bark or vermiculite and 1/2 part of sand.

Reproduction: Cineraria saxifrage reproduces very easily by dividing the bush before flowering, by seeds, cuttings. Seeds are sown in April, in wide bowls, in a mixture of sand and peat. Cover with glass or foil, germinate at 22-23 ° C. Young plants are planted several in one pot, and with good care they form lush blooming clumps.

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