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Amaryllis family. Homeland - Brazil. Worsleya procera is a very sought-after (because of the rare flowers) and at the same time very rare species.
Synonyms: Amaryllis procera (Duch.), Amaryllis rayneri (Hook.f.), Worsleya rayneri ((Hook.f.) Traub & Moldenke), Worsleya procera ((Lem.) Traub).
The species was included in the classification in 1863.
Habitat: Brazil. Grows on rocks, near waterfalls.
Description: the legendary "Blue Amaryllis" - Worsleya procera, the obsolete name of Hippeastrum procerum, is named after the English botanist Arthington Worsley. This species is rather rare and endangered. It is a large, evergreen, bulbous plant. The flowers are lilac-blue in the center, white, with blue spots. Up to 15 flowers are formed on the peduncle. Perianth petals are not very wide, pointed, with a corrugated edge, slightly curved. The bulbs are rather large, up to 15 cm in diameter, pear-shaped, with thin upper scales, with a false stem. The length of the false stem in an adult plant can reach up to 60 cm in height. The leaves are evergreen, sickle-shaped, about 10 cm wide, up to 90 cm long. Flowering is usually summer, but in the tropics this species can bloom at any time of the year. The plant is light-requiring.
Habitat: Worsle grows in the mountains, on granite rocks. This plant is completely in harmony with the elements. It grows under the sun, blown by the winds and not protected from precipitation - fog and rain. These places are characterized by strong daily temperature fluctuations.
If you happened to get this beauty home, the temperature in summer would be 20-25 ° С, but not higher than 30 ° С. The hairslea does not have a pronounced dormant period, it does not lose leaves, but in winter, with a decrease in illumination, a temperature decrease to 18 ° C is required.
Lighting: Full sunlight. Shading may be needed up to two weeks after transplanting, and in the summer at noon.
Watering: Every day with very soft water, all the water flows through the large fractions of the substrate into the pan, from where it must be immediately drained. And once a week, water it by immersion in a container of water to which fertilizer has been added. Soak for 20 minutes and then drain all the water.
Fertilizer: Fertilizers specifically designed for hydroponic plants are suitable. A good NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) ratio of about 15-5-30 is considered.
Air humidity: make sure that the air humidity does not fall below 40%. You can spray the hair with soft water from a fine spray bottle.
Soil: Sandy and stony, and in the USA, where this plant is highly prized, often use lava or pumice in the preparation of the substrate. You can also use bark or coconut fiber. The reaction of the substrate should be slightly acidic. The pot is small, 12-15cm in diameter.
Reproduction: Seeds, which are obtained by self-pollination and daughter bulbs.