How to care for the "false cactus" on the windowsill
As already mentioned, care for the Decembrist at home does not require any special knowledge. It is enough to provide him with a pot in a volume of 1 liter, a tray and put the plant at the window, oriented to the northeast. Meeting such simple requirements will provide a “minimum” program.
In the wild, the Decembrist must put up with:
- significant air humidity;
- soil poverty.
The flower is also unknown sudden changes in temperature.
The amount of water consumed by the Decembrist will be the same for any deciduous plant. However, emphasis needs to be placed on moderation. Throughout the flowering period, the cactus needs careful watering. Do not allow the soil to dry out.Its worth constantly moisturize. More rarely watering should be from the moment flowering stops until April.
It is necessary to remember that in spring and summer it is possible to water the plant only in the case when the earth is dry.
In the first autumn days and until the emergence of new flower buds, it is necessary to provide special care at home, namely, cool conditions and extremely rare watering.
The most comfortable for him is soft and warm water.
It is necessary to take into account that the Decembrist, both in nature and at home, does not tolerate ultraviolet radiation, which can provoke the death of a plant. Therefore, in the summertime it is better to provide the penumbra with penumbra. You can take a flower to the country by organizing a rest in the open air.
Never during the Decembrist were there any preferences for any particular temperature conditions. It is unpretentious and can easily transfer both +2 and +37 degrees. However, it is not necessary to subject the cactus to such cruel trials. After all, a comfortable temperature for him is the range from +18 to +25.
We must not forget that in the period from September to November the Decembrist will need a temperature of +12 - +16 degrees, and the active phase of flowering will require from +18 to +20. After the flowering stops, the Christmas tree should be put in a cool place.
At home, caring for a Decembrist also includes a transplant. For a transplant to be successful, you must follow its basic rules:
- prepare a nutrient soil: peat soil or a mixture of peat with leaf earth, sand and brick dust;
- provide drainage, which should fill the pot by a third;
- it is better to select capacity not shallow, but rather wide;
- transplantation is possible only in the absence of flowers on the plant.
Regarding the young Decembrists transplantation should be made every year, and if we are talking about adult flowers, it will be enough once every three years.
In this case, reproduction occurs in two very similar ways:
- Separated from the parent bush 2 or 3 stalk. They must be placed in a moist substrate for rooting and cover with a transparent glass on top, then put them in a shade cool place.
- In the second case, reproduction occurs almost equally, but three broken stalks are dried for 2 or 3 days and only after that they are planted in the ground. Thus, it is possible to avoid possible decay.
From the above we can conclude that the reproduction of the Christmas tree does not require a lot of effort and even a beginner.
The Decembrist does not bloom
Chemistry vendors actively advise inexperienced growers to “feed” cactus with fertilizers. However, this strategy of growing a flower is erroneous. If the Decembrist does not bloom at home for a long time, many begin to make sure that the care of the plant was wrong. This is part of the truth.
In order for the cactus to please you with flowering, it is necessary for him to point out that the season has come. For this Christmas card set in a cool place. It should be noted that the optimal temperature will be +15, and in the case of +10 the buds will never seem.
In the period of such a kind of "quarantine", which lasts two months, it is necessary to provide a certain care. In particular, at home the Decembrist will require minimal watering and the exclusion of the introduction of any fertilizer. After completion of the "quarantine" cactus can be transferred to a bright and warm place that will be perceived by them as a sign to the beginning of flowering.
From this point on, it is also necessary to ensure that the plant receives the right care. This is a uniform lighting and abundant watering.
After the appearance of the buds, it is strictly forbidden to turn and move the cactus, since such a period makes it very tender.
Flowering Christmas tree also requires special care. He will need daily spraying and careful watering. It is necessary to ensure that the earth com does not dry out.
At home, the Decembrist can feel good only if all the conditions for his growing are observed. In particular, care must provide:
- pest control;
- treatment of "diseases".
All of the above is available and presented in numerous photos and videos, which are excellent informational material for beginners.