As soon as they do not call balsam: touchy, wet Vanka, Ivanushka, ever flower, little fire. This plant has about 500 species. Imported balsam was back in 1596 to Europe from Zanzibar. Balsam - a perennial and annual plant. Most often, annuals grow in flower beds, and perennials live on the window sills of housewives. They delight in their flowering almost all year round, the flowers at the unscented balsam of various colors.
This plant is necessary to take care of and watch him, as well as for the rest of your flowers, you should not forget about watering and transplanting. From time to time a balsam needs the help of a hostess. For example, adult plants should be regularly cleaned from old leaves. A few more manipulations must be performed for convenient and comfortable growth of the balsam in your home. How to care for balsam at home, read below.
Landing and lighting balsam at home
Remember! The first step to "friendship" with balsamine is its transplant. Prepare a spacious pot and light soil: part of sod soil, two parts of peat, part of sand, part of leaf humus. Mix thoroughly. At the bottom of the pot pour 10 cm of drainage, and above the ground. Then the balsam goes to the pot and moves already in the "new house" to a well-lit window sill, preferably with ventilation. 10-25 degrees Celsius - the most pleasant temperature for a flower.
Watering balsam at home
The nickname Wet Vanka directly to abundant watering does not apply. Yes, balsam, like any plant, loves water, but without fanaticism. Water it at warm room temperature with water, pollinate it with the same water every month and check if the flower is flooded.
Balsam reproduction at home
Flower propagates by cuttings that must be cut. There are also seeds that are best planted in peat land. The pot in which the balsam will grow must be covered with a film.
Aphids, and mites are the main enemies of balsam. For the treatment of balsam from these insects, use special insecticides.
Top dressing balsam at home
The process of feeding balsam phosphate-potassium fertilizers every two weeks begins in the spring, which is logical. After a month of feeding, you can add nitrogen, but without abuse.
Balsam leaves fall off or wither with a long-term decrease in the temperature in the room below 13 degrees. Another reason - pests or simply irregular watering. Extrusion of balsam leaves occurs because the temperature is too high and there is a lack of light.
The acquisition of balsam
The balsam is best made in the spring. Before buying carefully inspect the plant for the presence of diseases and insects.
Balsam is sensitive to many factors, it is not without reason called the "touchy". However, this beautiful and bright plant has been flowering for almost 500 years and this is only in Europe. For your touch to please the eye, simply create comfort around it.