Valotta (Valotta) is a flowering plant from the Amaryllis family. Among other plants from the family stands out an intense purple color at the base of the leaves, as well as a special light crimson tone of dry internal bulb scales.
The most common is Valotta purpurea (lat. Valotta purpurea Herb), which easily takes root on window sills in residential areas.
Flowers of bright color (purple or red), cocool-shaped, enter into inflorescence in the amount of from 2 to 8 copies.
Peduncles reach a height of 30 cm, dense structure.
The leaves are fairly linear, dark green in color, up to half a meter long.
South Africa is home to the Wallotte, but thanks to its unpretentiousness, the plant was grown far beyond the limits of hot countries.
The plant is unpretentious, grows under fairly diverse conditions. The following recommendations will increase the amount of flowering.
Abundant watering reduces to moderate from October to December, maintaining a temperature of about 22 degrees Celsius for most of the year. Moderate coverage is desirable only in January and February to change to bright.
From March to September it is recommended to feed the wallotta with a mullein solution. At the same time, initially the soil is made up of a mixture of deciduous, humus, and also - sod land (observing the ratio 4: 2: 1).
The flower breeds onion-kids, which can give at the same time several peduncles. Recorded cases of re-flowering in the spring (this is associated with the development of the bulb).
Child bulbs are usually visible closer to the middle or in the upper part of the bulb, which allows you to allocate the wallotta among other Amaryllis. The formation of contractile roots (popularly called “contractile”) draws the daughter onion deeper into the ground to capture the new space. Therefore, if you do not want to engage in the constant reproduction of the flower, you can put the valotta in a cramped pot, which limits the possibilities of fixing new plants.
The flower is not very good for frequent transplants, so they are made only in case of emergency. It is necessary to ensure that the bulb protrudes a third from the soil (then it will be possible to separate the "children" without disturbing the ground layer).