Overseas guest - hehtia

Hehtiya is not quite the usual representative of the landings carried out on the territory of our country. This is understandable, since the central part of the American continent is considered the birthplace of this plant.

Such an unusual name Gehtiya received for a reason, it was named in honor of Conrad Hecht. Ask what kind of person is this? Konrad Hecht served as an adviser to the Prussian king and had a fascination, as they would say with a “hobby,” for the cultivation of indoor plants. And he gave his preferences only to exotic species groups. Here is such a story of the sonorous name "Hehtia".

Hehtia has a well-developed root system, and the dense fleshy leaves of the plant store water well, which allows the planting for a long time to feel a good "mood" in the most arid summer days.

Hehtia has several species. Experts identify up to forty-five species groups.

The appearance of heghthi


The plant is characterized by long oblong leaves, which are dotted with sharp spines at the edges. Hehthi leaves are collected in a fairly dense structure, which in its form resembles a rosette. They are pointed at the tips, hard to the touch and with small grooves along the edges.

Thus, the foliage of the plant forms like a funnel, from the center of which the peduncle grows. The peduncle of the hekhthi is covered with smooth skin and does not carry on itself any additional elements of protection, as well as foliage.

The most interesting thing is that the period of hehthi bloom is in the winter. It is in the middle of the winter season that we can observe the appearance of spike-shaped inflorescences from pretty small flowers. You may not get special delights and pleasures from observing the flowering of hekhthi, as the plant blooms not too motley and small. Although the color scheme, depending on the variety, of course, you can see pink, yellow, red, white, white with a faint green tint and even beige flowers.

Use of heghthia

Strange as it may seem, the overseas guest, the Hekhtia, has become very widespread in the territory of our state. Although no, this is not a strange fact, as many other plants of foreign origin also fit well into our park interiors and home furnishings.

Thus, heghthias are used for landscape design and for refining apartments and houses with green plantings.

Of all the naturally occurring types of hehthi, only two were most active in planting, formed in the conditions of the house, that is, for home breeding. What are these kinds? These are the guhtema and hehthia silvery.

It is very interesting to plant in one box several types of hekhtii together with cacti. The soil requirements for these plants are exactly the same, which allows their joint placement.


Landing heghthi made with sockets. They are so called child outlets.

The soil is whimsical to the soil, as in natural conditions it is accustomed to fertile, nutrient-rich soil compositions. Accordingly, you will have to purchase special soil mixtures in a flower shop or independently form the soil, guided by the elements of the soil composition that are important for hekhthi.

Prepare the earth mixture as follows: take clay-soddy soil, leaf and sand in a ratio of 2: 1: 1. Move it all carefully. Here you have the soil for planting hehthi.

Do not over-deepen plants during planting.

It is very useful to replant the heghty once a year and feed with nutrient mixtures.

Hehtia care

It is fair to say that the care of Hekhti is reduced to a number of very uncomplicated rules.


What are these rules? Yes, the same as for many indoor plants, which delight us every day with the beauty of its foliage and flowers.

Here are the rules

First things first, water the plants. It must be very, very abundant. It is better if the water you pre-defend, and not to take running. It should not be too cold. It is optimal if the water for irrigation in its temperature matches the soil.

Speaking of temperature ...

Ensure the content of your heghthia in the temperature regime not lower plus ten degrees. This, so to speak, room rate will contribute to the normal development of the plant.

Do not forget about dressings. Feeding hehty can be once a month. In winter, dressing reduce to "no." This maneuver will provide a temporary resting state for the plant.

In the summer, you can take out the drawers with hehty on the balcony or well ventilate the room that contains your landing.

Do not forget to break through the soil in order to supply the root system with oxygen. Loosening will provide better water distribution during irrigation.

I hope that this article will help lovers of indoor plants to diversify their home planting overseas guest - Gehti.

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