Gemantus is a very characteristic plant for tropical regions of Africa.
This is a bulbous herbaceous member of the Amaryllis family.
In total, there are up to fifty species of gemantus.
- This bulbous plant must begin to be determined by its basis, that is, by the bulb. What can we say about her? What are its distinguishing features?
- Bulb of gemantus is predominantly round, but it can also be compressed laterally. As a rule, according to the color scheme, it is green and rather large in size. In diameter can reach twelve centimeters.
- An interesting fact is that a large part of the surface of the bulb of gemantus stays above the ground during planting, while the smaller part is placed in the ground.
- Gemantus can be distinguished by the dense short leaves, which are collected in bilateral sockets. The sheet plate at gemantusa is rounded off, and not pointed, as in many representatives of room vegetation.
- During the flowering period, one can also observe specific flowers of gemantus, which are collected in very dense inflorescences. Such inflorescences resemble the appearance of an umbrella.
- The flowers have a different color. They may be white or red. It all depends on the variety.
- Fruits are presented in the form of a juicy berry, which has a small stone under the dense skin and pulp. This bone and serves as one of the means of reproduction gemantusa.
Such plant as gemantus will be perfect for planting at home. Small pots with plants placed in them will serve as an excellent means of decorating your windows.
Perfectly suitable for your gemanthus place, which is protected from direct sunlight and is characterized by diffused lighting.
If there is no such place in an apartment or house, nothing terrible, large pieces of thin matter or paper will help you to achieve the correct distribution of light. You can use gauze or tulle. And everyone has these funds in the house.
The location for gemanthus should be warm. It is optimal to withstand temperatures up to plus twenty degrees, in any case, the temperature should not give below plus seventeen degrees.
If you use maternal bulbs, then it is best to make their periodic transplant. Optimally, if you will change their habitat every two to three years.
If the transplantation is not done so often or abandon it altogether, then your laziness will affect the flowering and fruiting of the plant.
Pick the soil for planting special. Of course, you can consult with the specialists of the shops selling plants, and you can independently prepare a soil mixture of sod, humus, leaf earth and sand. All components are taken in equal proportions.
Be sure to ensure that drainage is laid out at the bottom of the tank into which you decide to land.
It is very important for proper distribution of moisture (water does not stagnate in the soil) and for sufficient air exchange.
Planting hemanthus is usually done with a bulb. Buying planting material, monitor its quality. The bulb should not be flaccid or damaged. No dents or rot. To touch the surface of the bulb is soft.
Landing is done very carefully, so as not to damage the root system of your gemantus. If there are several plants in one box, then a proper distance should be ensured between them. As a rule, it should not be less than thirty centimeters. This will allow each plant to get its portion of nutrients from the soil.
Caring for gemanthus is similar in its rules to the requirements that apply to all domestic plants, which delight us with their appearance all year round.
First of all, one of the conditions of care is careful watering gemantus. However, in any case, do not allow the plant to be constantly in wet soil. It is optimal to water the himantus as the topsoil dries. In the eye that is called.
In winter, when the plant is at rest (does not bloom and does not bear fruit), watering is extremely rare. Of course, your plantings are in room, so to speak, greenhouse conditions, and are not affected by external environmental factors, but we ourselves are able to provide a plant a period of rest in growth and development precisely by reducing watering.
Water is best to use a soft and well-settled.
Hemanthus will not damage fertilizing with organic fertilizers. These are produced every two to three weeks for the entire period of active growth and flowering.
It is very important to ensure that the appearance of the plant is good, because how healthy the gemantus is, you can see it by its appearance. First of all, it is about the state of foliage.
However, do not overdo it with your concern about the state of the plant. So, at the end of the flowering period, hemantus himself gets rid of the peduncle and old leaves. They wither, dry out and fall away.