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An unusual houseplant - Clerodendrum the Most Beautiful! Photos, features and care


Indoor and garden plants are not only a well-known method of decoration, but also an item that will help breathe new life into the room. When choosing colors for the home, you should pay attention not only to the appearance, but also to the features of a particular variety. A properly selected plant can liven up the environment and improve your mood.

Today we will talk about the gaining popularity of Clerodendrum the Most Beautiful, learn how to care for him and who just needs it. Check out the photo of the flower, learn how to properly take care of it and it will delight you with its beauty and delicate aroma for a long time.

History of occurrence and botanical description

The plant belongs to the Verbenov family. The Clerodendrum speciosissimu variety was first encountered in the Canary Islands.

It is a small shrub that can grow up to 3 m in height in open soil. The leaves are cordate, the edge is wavy, short woolly above, pubescent below. Flowers of a dark red hue are collected in apical panicles.

A photo

Below are photos of Clerodendrum the Most Beautiful.





Features of the variety

Differs in abundant flowering (from July to September) and general unpretentiousness, for which he fell in love with flower growers. Varieties with a color of flowers different from the standard red: white, yellow, blue inflorescences were bred by selection.

Reference! The plant has a subtle pleasant smell, which is revealed mainly at night.

Home care

It is not so difficult to care for this variety, however, you need to follow some rules so that the plant will delight you for more than one season.

Landing

You can plant clerodendrum in pots, boxes or in open ground. If you plan to plant outdoors, then it is better to do this in early spring, when the severe frosts have already receded.

With home maintenance, you can plant and transplant clerodendrum in late autumn or early spring. During this period, rapid growth has either already ended or has not yet begun, so movements will not injure the plant too much and it will take root better.

Soil, location and lighting

Clerodendrum is not too picky about the soil, it is enough that it is well ventilated to prevent the development of rot. To do this, add fine expanded clay to the universal soil for indoor plants. Try to keep the soil slightly acidic if possible.

Choose a large pot so that the plant's root system grows and strengthens normally. You can also put a special support in the pot to make it easier for the flower to stretch.

Although the plant is light-loving, direct sunlight can injure its leaves, so it is better to place it on the west or east window.

Attention! Make sure that the site chosen for the clerodendrum is not in a draft, the ambient temperature can vary from 15 degrees (winter) to 25 (summer).

Watering and feeding

Clerodendrum is native to the tropics, so it is very important to keep the air humid and water it regularly. Spray the plant twice a day, or place a small container of water next to the pot.

Watering should be abundant, however, overdoing it, the soil may begin to rot. The best solution in this case is not to spill the earth in the pot from top to bottom, but to add water to the pan on which the pot itself stands. In this case, the plant will take water itself as needed.

Fertilizers are used during the period of rapid growth and flowering of the plant. To make clerodendrum delight you as long as possible, apply ordinary mineral fertilizers for indoor flowers twice a month from April to September.

Pruning and replanting

Timely pruning helps plant growth and branching, as well as more vigorous flowering. Pruning should be done once a year in early spring. First, inspect the clerodendrum for weak dead stems, remove them. Next, shorten the remaining stems by about a quarter.

With the help of pruning, you can form the desired plant type. For the classic tree shape, you should cut off all the stems by about a quarter except one, pinch the tops slightly so that in the summer there is a beautiful crown. To form a cap, all stems are cut by about a third.

Transplant is carried out no more than once a year for young plants and every 2-3 years for adults. For young plants, a pot is selected larger than the previous one, so that the root system does not stop developing. A slightly acidic soil with sand and fine silica with a large amount of mineral fertilizers is used as a new soil.

Important! The transplant is carried out in early spring after pruning.

Reproduction

Reproduction of clerodendrum can be done in two ways:

  • seeds;
  • cuttings.
  1. Sowing is carried out in early March. In a small box with peat, sand and fertilizer, the seeds are distributed evenly. Cover the container with cellophane, carry out timely watering. The location of the box should be well lit, do not forget to periodically ventilate the soil so that the seeds do not rot.

    After 2-3 months, 4 leaves of a young plant appear, they should be cut into individual pots and then maintained until an adult plant is formed.

  2. Reproduction by cuttings is also carried out in March. To do this, immerse the cutting in a small container with nutritious soil, cover it with cellophane or glassware to create a greenhouse effect. This will help the early formation of the root system.

    After 1-2 months, the plant will take root enough and it can be transplanted into a separate full-fledged pot.

Difficulties of growing

Like any houseplant, Clerodendrum the Beautiful can be attacked by diseases or pests. Let's list the most common:

  • Spider mite. A sign of the appearance of this pest is the appearance of a thin cobweb on the outside and inside of the foliage. For treatment, use 1 ampoule of Actellik per liter of water, spray every three days.
  • Whitefly. The appearance of a white bloom is a sure sign of a whitefly attack. Against whitefly, use Aktara for a week.
  • Shield. If a brown bloom appears on the entire plant, and the flowers and foliage are rapidly withering, it is worth checking the clerodendrum for the presence of a scale insect. If the scabbard has not hit too many leaves, you can use folk remedies - wipe the plant with soapy water or a mixture based on beer.
  • Powdery mildew and bugs. A white cotton-like bloom appears on the leaves, the plant does not grow, sheds leaves. For treatment, remove the affected leaves, wipe the plant with calendula infusion or use professional insecticides.

Attention! If the plant is not affected by pests, but the leaves still turn yellow, and the flowering is very poor, most likely the matter is in improper care.

  1. If the soil is too damp, the base of the stems will rot and the leaves will turn yellow. Try to dry the soil with paper towels. If this does not help, completely change the soil.
  2. If the plant does not have enough water or light, then the leaves of the clerodendrum turn yellow, and the flowering period does not come at all. The solution to the problem is simple - spray its leaves more often (4-5 times a day) and install additional light sources (table lamps are suitable).
  3. If the plant is in direct sunlight, the leaves begin to lose their rich green color. To maintain a healthy flower, transfer it to another location.

Clerodendrum the Most Beautiful is an amazing plant that can become the main decoration of any home. Do not forget to properly care for it, and clerodendrum will delight the eye all year round.


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