A friend burst into the office: “I will Speak quickly, otherwise I will forget everything. And you remember!”. And he hands me a pot with a plant of unprecedented beauty with velvety purple leaves. From the confused story, I learned that: this purple passion is called – Gynura, spraying does not like the sun, too, he does not like, loves the shadow. But if to believe national signs – brings happiness.
I was delighted: I got the sun in the apartment a little, and the flower kind of unpretentious, but the extra happiness is a sin to refuse. But the name I forgot instantly. Later, by trial and error for a couple with a friend managed to restore the name of the purple passion. And how to care for something? Decided to read more and to introduce you, dear readers, with a purple beauty.
Gynura is a tropical plant. From the Greek “gyne” female and “aura” tail. In other words, The flower is a tailed woman.
But what about Aurantiaca orange if I have purple?
It turns out that the plant also blooms. But small orange flowers are quite unsightly, while they have an unpleasant aroma, so Gynura is grown exclusively because of the stunning purple color of the leaves. So that the color remains saturated, place the pot with the plant is necessary for areas with solar lighting. Again, surprise. I was told that the flower favors the shadow. As it turned out, there is a truth here. Everything was decided empirically: I had a purple passion standing on the balcony, basking in the warm sun, and this began to wither.
The plant sadly hung up her leaves, they became thin and fragile. Frightened, I brought the plant into the room. And a miracle! Literally, on the second day, the leaves got stronger and regained their exotic appeal. There is one But: in the shadow of them, unfortunately, lose the “purple” and the stem is heavily stretched. Therefore advised sun purple beauty not to deprive. Here, as in the care of an indoor plant, you need to follow the rule of the “Golden mean”. Shading is what you need. By the way, you can make the open air, but protect from rain.
Gynura Aurantiaca: care tips
Deciding to settle Gynura Aurantiaca in your home, most likely you will get a small stalk, which for successful growth you need to provide proper care. First, it can be placed in water for rooting.
When the plant gives roots that reach at least 2 cm, the purple passion can be planted in a flower pot. To do this, it is necessary to prepare the ground. For optimal results, it is desirable to prepare a mixture of several types of land: turf, leaf, hummus, and sand. All parts must be in the same proportion.
Initially, the pot with the growing plant is better placed in partial shade and periodically spray the cuttings. When the shoots grow back, the flower better place where she can dwell permanently.
Important! Gynura spraying is carried out only at the initial stage of growth. Adult plant to spray otherwise the leaves will white and lose their decorative effect.
To the colors of the plant were saturated, and the growth is good, it needs a lot of light. Therefore, it is best to fit the window sill, located on the Southside. It should be borne in mind that in poor lighting the plant will lose the color of the leaves, shoots will be too stretched out and all the work on its cultivation will go down the drain.
Over time, the young plant will grow. But there is a possibility that going into the category of basket plants, it will become more capricious, its leaves will begin to wither, stems bare. To avoid this, it should be 2-3 years to rejuvenate the plant. That is, in fact, to plant a new plant, for this purpose, the tops of the old are cut off. And the whole process of growing is repeated again.
To Bush looked bright, it should be periodically cut. Once a month from early spring to mid-autumn, the plant should be fed and do not forget about abundant watering. In winter, watering should be reduced. Pot put in a cooler place, the best temperature is +15, 18 degrees Celsius.
Purple blooms profusely from spring to late autumn, but this is just the case when the purple passion does not paint the plant. Special attraction flowers do not have, in addition, they smell unpleasant and Deplete the Bush. Based on this, at the beginning of flowering buds at the better break. For shoots growing up in a pot set support or grow it as a basket plant.
Irrigation and air humidity
Watering Gynura requires special care. Despite its resistance and endurance, this plant is very afraid of getting wet. And the ingress of moisture on the leaves and shoots can be a destructive factor, lead to serious health problems of the plant. Therefore, you need to water the plant very carefully, on the edge of the pot or alternative methods.
The mode of procedures is quite easy to choose. During the entire stage of active development, from March to the end of October, the plant needs a stable light moisture content of the substrate. For plants, it is better not to allow the complete drying of the earthen coma, as well as its waterlogging. The following procedure is carried out only after the top few centimeters of the substrate have dried. For the purple passion more suitable frequent and uninhabited watering than intense, but rare.
Reduction of irrigation in winter – the only measure of care that needs to be adjusted for comfortable passage of the relative rest stage. For flowers watering not only reduce but also change the moisture content of the substrate to very light moisture. Between the procedures from November to February, the soil in the pot is allowed to dry out and in the middle layer.
Pay attention to water quality. For Gynura can only use water at room temperature, soft and defended.
Fortunately, humidity is not demanding. She can not stand getting wet leaves and spraying does not like. And the rest of the measures to increase the humidity it does not need because dryness does not affect the attractiveness of the edge.
Feeding for Gynura
This plant needs a sufficiently modest dressing. Like all ornamental deciduous plants, needs nitrogen more than potassium and phosphorus, but excess nitrogen in the soil can cause leaf greening, too rapid growth and a violation of the attractiveness of the curtain. Gynura needs feeding on March to October. Fertilizers are best used from among the mixtures of the universal type, making them 2-3 times a month.
In winter, feeding is better not to spend at all. A pause in fertilizer application is made for the period from November to the end of February.
Garter bushes and pruning
Gynura, especially Aurantiaca, if it is growing in a basket, and in potted form, in need of tying. If the shoots will lie down, will not be attached to the support as it grows, then plant slow down its development and can stop altogether. Garter – a kind of “push”, allowing the bushes to look attractive all year.
But not only the tying should be taken care of. If you do not form, it will not create a thick and beautiful crown. Periodically pinch the tops of shoots to stimulate branching and active formation of lateral processes.
Transplant Gynura aurantiaca
The purple passion needs a fairly frequent transplant, but it is better to carry out it not at a certain frequency, but according to the needs of the plant itself.
If the earthen lump is completely filled with roots – feel free to change the capacity. If the substrate is enough for growth and development, then your flower transplant is not required.
For this plant is suitable only one transplant time – early spring. Most often transplanted 1 every 2 years, throwing old bushes and replacing them with new ones. When transplanting pant necessarily need to lay on the bottom of the tanks a wide layer of drainage, and the level of burial to leave the same.
Substrate: light, from the number of ready-universal dredges or soil mixture of equal parts of humus, leaf and turf soil with a small addition of sand.
Pests and diseases
Gynura Aurantiaca as climbing is proof enough potted crops. If you do not allow waterlogging and wetting of leaves, the disease “bluebird” is not terrible. But pests are much more common. It is impossible to fight against insects washing, it is better to use insecticides at once. But do not forget about the correction of care, which will act as a preventive measure.
Common problems in the cultivation of Gynura aurantiaca:
- the loss of the purple color or paleness of leaves at low light;
- pulling shoots in partial shade and shade;
- falling leaves when the substrate is dry and too rare watering;
- the degeneration of leaves when there are insufficient feeding and poor lighting.
The Multiplication Of Gynura
Fortunately for all purple passion growers – one of the easiest to reproduce crops. On this parameter with it can compete unless Chlorophytum. Easier and more productive just propagate plant cuttings. They can be cut from spring to mid-autumn, using apical cuttings in any quantity. Rooting is not just a simple task, but an elementary one.
After all, Gynura aurantiaca shoots very quickly produce roots in plain water. In fact, rooting takes only 1 week. Thus, without effort and any expenditure of time and energy, you can constantly get new plants. That is why the plant is so easy to replace at the first signs of degeneration of bushes.