About eskhinantus with a spectacular cascade of leaves and flowers I want to say "yes small spool of roads."
Eskhinantus or eshinantus (Aeschinanthus) - a perennial evergreen plant family Gesneriaceae native forests of South and Southeast Asia, where it grows on obomshelyh rocks, the trees as an epiphyte. His fleshy, leathery, oval-pointed green leaves and unusual flowers of bright colors (from red to orange). Hanging eskhinantusa shoots reach a length of 30-45 cm.
Eskhinantus grow indoors hard enough, he was "a character": can bloom profusely in the same season, and the other did not bloom at all. But take care of eskhinantusom and achieve its flowering pleasure. This ampelnoe decorative foliage and flowering plant looks nice in a hanging basket or hanging baskets.
Eskhinantus light and heat-loving, prefers light content without direct sunlight. East or west window is preferable for him, but also eskhinantus can grow well and on the north window. The optimum temperature during the growing season is about 20-25 degrees. Lowering it to 15-18 degrees in the winter is good for this plant, as it stimulates the subsequent flowering.
In the rest period (in December and January, at a lower temperature and a rare watering) in eskhinantusa in the leaf axils and at the ends of the shoots flower buds that will please you by their appearance in February-March. In the spring you can see the long-awaited flowers: tubular corolla pubescent uzkobokalchatyh emerge from dark purple cups like bright lipstick - from fine foam.
But in the cold, draughty and damp eskhinantus resets buds, the leaves are covered by bright yellow spots and fall off. Therefore, the winter is very dangerous to keep the plant under fortochkoy (during ventilation of the room) or close to the frosty glass - defoliation and buds inevitable. At the time of the sharp drop in temperature in the winter is better to remove the plant from the window into the room.
Succulent leaves eskhinantusa able to accumulate water. This plant grows well in high humidity. Eskhinantus sensitive to an excess of calcium in the soil, so water is recommended to soften.
Eskhinantus watered moderately, after drying of the top layer of the substrate. Long stagnation of moisture in the soil and chronic peresushki earthen clod harmful to eskhinantusa (dying roots, the leaves are falling). Positively responds to frequent spraying the plant with warm water during the growing season.
From spring to autumn periodic fertilizing eskhinantusa (twice a month), complex fertilizers in small doses. Eskhinantus rolled over in a slightly larger pot before flowering and after flowering. When planting eskhinantusa need to pour a high drainage layer at the bottom of the pot.
Primer eskhinantusa must be both nutritious (ground sheet, peat moss, chopped sphagnum moss and sand in the ratio of 2: 2: 1: 1), hygroscopic (good hold water) and at the same time to keep a loose oxygen to the roots. Any quality suitable purchase land with the addition of small clay pellets. To prevent rot and improve the water-holding properties it is desirable to add the chopped sphagnum moss, coconut substrate, vermiculite or pieces of charcoal.
Conservation decorative eskhinantusa promotes pruning after flowering. The most decorative eskhinantusy to 4 years; then the foundation is laid bare bush. Old plants are replaced by young rooted cuttings. Eskhinantus propagated in the spring or early summer apical stem cuttings (about 10 cm long) with 5-6 nodes, removing the lower leaves 1-2 pairs.
Several cuttings are placed in a pot with a loose substrate (sand mixed with peat), deepening them to the first sheet. In a pot arrange mini teplichku from the bag and place it in a bright warm place (soil temperature 22-25 degrees). Rooting cuttings is fast, within 2-3 weeks. When the cuttings will have new leaves, first open teplichku periodically, giving the plants to acclimate, and then completely remove the package.
Rooted cuttings planted in eskhinantusa pot with a mixture of ground in several pieces, so that the plant was thicker. To stimulate branching in early growth can prischipnut shoot tips. Young plants grown from cuttings, with the right care to bloom in the first year of life.
Can cause the formation of roots on the shoots eskhinantusa way: put next spring with a growing eskhinantusom pot with moist substrate and put on the soil surface neodrevesnevshie shoots. Soon shoots near the leaves in contact with the soil, the roots are formed. Eskhinantus - resistant to pests and diseases of plants. But in case of errors in the care he may be affected by pathogenic fungi (then appear sunken spots on the leaves), aphids and mealybugs.