Ayvey Eithea

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Ayvey Eithea
Ayvey Eithea
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Amaryllis family. Homeland - Southern Brazil. In nature, there is a species of Ayvey blumenavia Eithea blumenavia - a herbaceous bulbous plant. Several years ago, this species was assigned to the genus Griffinia Griffinia, but despite the fact that Eithea blumenavia outwardly resembles Griffinia, it has been singled out by botanists as a separate genus Ayvey Eithea.

The plant is not large - 35-40 cm in height. The flowers are pink or white with stripes of a darker pink color. Some forms have a darker color than others. Flowers 6.5-7.5 cm. in diameter, wide open. From 2 to 8 flowers are formed on the peduncle. The peduncle at the base of the neck of the bulb is slightly pink, higher than green, 18-25 cm long. The species is distinguished not only by an interesting flowering, but also by beautiful leaves with dark green veins along the entire length. The leaves are 15 cm long, 5 cm wide.

For the first time, the seeds of Hippeastrum Blumenavium were collected by B. Foster in Brazil, not far from Blumenau (hence the name of the species).

This species is easily cultivated in indoor conditions, but it is found only in the collections of true amaryllis lovers, you will not find Ayvey in the free sale.

Synonyms: Amaryllis blumenavia (K.Koch & CDBouche ex Carriere) Traub, Amaryllis iguapensis (R. Wagner) Traub & Uphof, Griffinia blumenavia K.Koch & CDBouche ex Carriere, Hippeastrum blumenavia (K.Koch & CDBouche ex Carriere) iguapense R. Wagner.

Features of cultivation: Moisture-loving, grows better on the shady side. A rest period of 4-6 weeks is required before flowering. During the resting period, the leaves do not shed, almost evergreen. Blooms in late summer.

Ayvey - care and cultivation

Temperature: During the growing season, the optimum is 17-23 ° C, it does not tolerate extreme heat. During the rest period, they are kept at 12-14 ° C, at least + 10 ° C, practically dry. In general, caring for ayvays is no different from growing other amaryllis - the main thing is not to freeze or flood.

Lighting: Ivey needs a bright, sunny place. Can be planted in the garden in summer. But protection from rain and snails is needed here.

Watering: The plant is quite moisture-loving, the soil should be slightly moist all the time, but not too moist.

Dormancy period: Plants of the Ayvey genus do not have a pronounced dormant period, however, with a decrease in lighting in the autumn-winter period, a decrease in temperature to 18-20 ° C and a decrease in watering are required, while partial aging and death of leaves are allowed.

Fertilizer: Once a month, it is recommended to feed with liquid mineral fertilizer. Fertilizers with an equal NPK ratio of 10-10-10 are suitable. Top dressing begins as soon as the buds bloom, and ends when the leaves begin to wither.

Transfer: Annually, after the end of flowering. Ivey loves well-drained soils, rich in organic matter. An example of a soil mixture: 2 parts of peat land, 1 part of humus and 1 part of sand. It is planted in pots, about 15 cm in diameter, with the bulb buried in the ground, but the neck of the bulb should be above the soil level! Good drainage to the bottom of the pot is required.

Reproduction: Daughter bulbs during transplantation, seeds. The separated children are planted in the prepared soil mixture in separate pots. Fresh seeds are planted in the spring in wide bowls, in peat soil, sprinkled with earth, and moistened with a spray bottle. Do not allow the temperature to drop below 18 ° C. The soil should always be slightly moistened; overdrying or moisture stagnation should not be allowed.

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