Clerodendrum is a perennial plant belonging to the verbenum family. The homeland of this plant is the tropical forests of South America, Asia and Africa. The name Clerodendrum is translated from Greek as "the tree of fate", thanks to the legend of its ability to bring people happiness. This plant requires quite careful and attentive care. After all, only in this case wonderful klerodendrum will delight you with its amazing magnificence.
Clerodendrum at home
For the first time klerodendrum was discovered in 1860 by British missionaries in the tropics of Nigeria. The plant fascinated them with its beautiful flowers. That is why it appeared in Europe. Currently there are more than one hundred types of clerodendrum. You may have the opportunity to take care of only two plant species at home. Houses can be grown The clerodendrum brilliant and the clerodendrum of Mrs. Thomson.
Clerodendrum is a shrub or tree (but a tree is rare) with climbing sprouts. Its flowers have white calyxes and dark red corollas. This combination is incredibly impressive underlines the greens of shiny leaves. The klerodendrum blooms for quite a long time: from spring to autumn (with sufficient and proper lighting).
This plant is in the habit of throwing out shoots that reach 4 m in the wild, so if you keep a clerodendrum at home, it is advisable to cut off the shoots from it. This should be done after the plant has faded. Escape should be cut at a height of about 7 cm from the soil. If the arresting of the escape goes well, next year the klerodendrum will develop well.
Care for clerodendrum at home
- You need to start caring for this beautiful plant with the right choice of lighting. Clerodendrum needs full solar lighting. Only the hot summer sun at noon will have a bad effect on the flower. In winter there is a lack of light. Under these conditions, the plant may begin to shed its leaves. In this regard, in winter, the klerodendrum should be kept in a cool place in the light.
- Air temperaturein the room where the plant will be located should be about 15 ° C. If we are talking about the spring-autumn period of development of the plant, then this season the temperature at the location of the bush should be about 21 ° C.
- Watering also plays an important role.The soil of this plant should be constantly wet. For this, klerodendrum needs to be watered 2 times a week, this applies to the spring-summer period. From late summer to late autumn, the plant must be watered once a week. In winter, watering should be carried out only after the earth is almost completely dry.
- Clerodendrum need to ensure high humidity in the home. The plant feels best in greenhouse conditions. If you keep it in a room, do not forget to spray it regularly. Do this approximately 2 times a week (in the summer). Place the clerodendrum pot on a wet-pebble pan.
- To feedClodendrum follows liquid fertilizers intended for indoor plants. To breed such fertilizers should be strictly in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. You need to feed the plant from spring to late summer. The soil suitable for a klerodendrum should consist of equal parts of a clay soil mix, peat, sand, and also the sheet earth.
- Transplantation clerodendrummake early spring cuttings.
- The appearance of the klerodendrum can be maintainedby spraying it with soft warm water. Nothing more in the external care of this flower is required. Remember that the klerodendrum is a vine, so if you put it on any support, it will cover it.
- Like any plant, clerodendrum is attacked by pests. Scabs and a red spider mite can harm this plant. Shchitovok you can find under the leaves. Being located there, the pests suck the juice from the plant. In addition, they pollute the clerodendrum with their sticky secretions. To combat the appearance of pests, the plant should be treated with soapy water. If this does not help and the infection is very strong, it is recommended to use karbofos.
- The red spider mite is a less visible pest than the scythe. However, you will probably see the results of its activities. If a plant is infected with a mite, then a characteristic cobweb forms under its leaves. The result of a tick infestation of a plant can be yellowing and leaf dropping, as well as the appearance of a soot fungus that appears on the sticky dew created by the mites. To combat these pests, the affected leaves should be immediately removed from the plant, and the clerodendrum itself should be treated with any insecticide.
If you have become the happy owner of such a luxurious and beautiful plant, try to preserve its beauty with the help of proper care. The main thing is to ensure that home care for the clerodendrum was in line with the season of the year in which they were held. If you take care of the plant correctly, it will surely please you with wonderful flowers.