Velthheimia (in lat. Veltheimia) includes from 2 to 6 species of perennial bulbous plants from the Hyacinth family. The botanical name was originally given in honor of August Ferdinand, who bore the title of Count von Felt (von Velt, 1741-1801), a well-known German archaeologist and botanist. In the people there are several names of the flower, associated directly with the appearance of flowering: "winter rocket" and "cylindrical lily".
The most popular varieties: eltgeymia green-flowered (Veltheimia viridifolia) and eltgeymia kapska (Veltheimia capensis).
The bulbous plant of eltgeymia in height reaches 30-40 cm.
Numerous leaves of a belt-like or oblong shape are collected in a socket by their basis.
Narrow bell-shaped flowers are collected in simple brushes. As the colors are found as soft pink and salmon colors, and red tones.
Previously, it was distributed only in South Africa, but greenhouse conditions made it possible to grow Veltheimia worldwide.
Most often found in nature on the sea coasts, sand hills, in shady places.
Flowering in the area of Christmas made this plant one of the options for decorating homes in Europe for the holidays.
The most optimal ambient temperature is 10-14 degrees Celsius, which is not very convenient in the winter season: the conditions of growth and flowering in the cold period does not imply the possibility of growing indoors. Cold content is a guarantee of long-term flowering (up to 3 months).
He likes good lighting, without direct sunlight.
Regular watering (from spring to summer) becomes rare during the rest period of the plant (in winter).
It is recommended to put onion-kids in late summer (at the end of August) or in early autumn. To do this, the separation is carried out during transplantation, followed by planting in several pieces in wide and low pots, leaving part of the onion on the surface (without digging into the ground).
The bulb is transplanted once every two years, while maintaining careful handling of the root and leaf systems.
The lack of flowering, which indicates overheating of the plant. Ordinary aphids can be damaged, resulting in the appearance of honeydew (excreta) and expansion of the soot fungus. Easy cleaning with water allows you to get rid of soot fungus.
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