Zamioculcas is a beautiful tropical plant native to are dry and hot areas of East Africa and Madagascar. It belongs to the family Araceae and is considered a near relative of dieffenbachia and monstera. If you are lucky to have such ornamental plants - this article is for you. We'll show you how to transplant zamioculcas, as well as how to care for them in terms of the usual city apartment. In fact, this plant is unpretentious, and with proper attention it will long to please its owner healthy and groomed appearance.
Get this plant easily, because it looks quite unusual and very picturesque. In the ground is a large root-like outgrowths branching tuber brown. It stores moisture. Above the earth's surface rise a few feathery leaves, usually grows from 4 to 6 They reach 100 cm in length. Their fleshy petioles often mistaken for trunks, because they look like a powerful, highly developed and somewhat swollen stems. Covered with feathery leaves of zamioculcas dense, glossy leaf plates with a rich, dark green color. In the natural environment of this beautiful flower, as other members of the aroid family produces pale green blossoms, shaped spadix, surrounded by the "covers". With home grown it blooms very rarely. However, from an aesthetic point of view of the inflorescence of zamioculcas look less attractive, so many growers do not aspire to achieve flowering. And without white-green “ears” zamioculcas looks beautiful and perfectly animates any room.
This houseplant is usually does not cause the owner any trouble. It prefers soft, diffused light, but at the same time is not afraid of direct sunlight. So you can choose a well-lit South, East or West windowsill and put it on your zamioculcas. The photo shows the correct location of the pot with the plant. Summer is recommended to submit it to the balcony or veranda. On the street, the plant will gain strength and grow stronger. The lack of light has a bad effect on the appearance of zamioculcas - the leaves of the plant become weak and thin, sparse or far growing leaf blades. Temperature zamioculcas prefers moderate summer in the range of 20°C-25°C and in winter 16°C-18°C. it is Not recommended to contain the plant in a cold room (below 15°C) and exposing it to drafts. Otherwise it can get sick. Humidity for zamiokulkasa, a native of Africa, is not as important as the lighting. He quietly tolerates the dry air of the usual city apartment.
As for watering, it should be moderate in the period from spring to autumn. The top layer of soil until the next moisture should have time to dry. In the winter, with cool content, substrate in the pot is moistened even more rarely, about one to two times per month. In addition to the watering it is advisable to occasionally wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust. The fertilizer of zamioculcas is produced only in the spring and summer, one or two times a month. It uses a special fertilizer for cacti or succulents. Next, we will explain how to transplant zamioculcas after purchase.
If you have purchased and brought a new plant home, do not rush to transplant. First, the plant needs a little time to adapt to the climatic conditions of your dwelling. This process will take about two weeks. It is advisable to place the plant in quarantine, that is to put the pot in a separate room where you do not see your other houseplants. In the period of adaptation it is desirable to create for the flower the most comfortable climatic conditions, giving him enough light to moderately spraying the substrate in the pot. After acclimatization, you can safely start handling the plant in new soil. It is important to consider the fact that very young specimens do not transplant, and waiting for their development.
How to transplant a zamioculcas? First, you need to choose the right capacityfor plants. It is advisable not to use ceramic pots, narrow and elongated. Better if it is plastic or clay container that is wide enough and roomy. Ideally, the pot should be not too voluminous, but at the same time, not close. And remember, it is essential that in the bottom of containers had holes for draining excess fluid. After purchasing the pot, you must take care of the special drainage. Concrete block sold in any floral shops. It is advisable to purchase drainage medium in size (fractions of 10-20 mm in diameter). You will also need a quality substrate: it must be moisture-permeable, slightly acidic and nutritious. It is desirable that the soil mixture consisted of turf, leaf, peat soil and sand in equal proportions. It is also recommended to add to the substrate a bit of charcoal. If you can't make the soil mix yourself, buy a ready-made ground for cacti. Once all the ingredients are ready, you can proceed to the handling of the flower.
Important: all work on the plant should be carried out only with gloves because its juice is poisonous. How to transplant zamioculcas: first, take the prepared pot and fill it 1/4 of the expanded clay. On top pour a layer of sand. Then gently to avoid damaging the tuber and roots, remove the plant from the old pot. A young instance do not need to remove the earthen room in which it grew. The plants are then handled in the new pot, then fill up to the same new soil mix. It is not necessary to deepen the roots of the plants too much. That's it, now you know how to transplant the zamioculcas. The photo shows the process of handling a young, newly purchased plants in a new pot. After the procedure, earthen moistened, and the plant is placed on a well-lit windowsill.
In addition to handling produced immediately after purchase for normal growth and development of zamioculcas required and regular transplant, carried out once or twice a year. If you make this procedure less frequently, and the growth of a flower can be quite slow due to lack of space in the pot and impoverishment of the soil. As a rule, repot in the spring. When this is selected a new capacity of a little more than the previous. How to repot a zamioculcas? Step-by-step description of the process is. First, prepare nutritious soil mixture of peat, leaf soil, use baking powder (perlite, coarse sand, lava grit). Then into a container and poured a decent layer of expanded clay. On top is placed a little prepared soil mix.
Growing zamioculcas carefully taken out of the old pot. Then gently clean the tubers and roots of the excess land. A large, Mature plant will consist of several shoots with well-formed tubers. If desired, they can be separated, and then plant the shoots in different small pots. Alternatively, you can implement handling of all tubers in one rather large capacity. After purification of the tubers from the substrate the plant is carefully placed in a new pot (the pots) and straighten the roots. Fall asleep on top of the soil and gently tuck it around the perimeter, and then the soil is moistened. That's all, now you know how to transplant zamioculcas after purchase and how to make transshipment. Hopefully, these tips will help you to perform these simple procedures correctly. Good luck!
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