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A tropical shrub tamed to the home windowsill. All about Clerodendrum Bunge and his photos

A tropical shrub tamed to the home windowsill. All about Clerodendrum Bunge and his photos


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Clerodendrum Bunge is a tropical plant that home growers love. It is not difficult to grow it on a windowsill if you create suitable conditions. During flowering, clerodendrum spreads a unique aroma throughout the apartment.

This article describes in detail the care of the plant at home and planting in open ground.

History of occurrence, description and photo

Clerodendrum Bunge is a perennial shrub. Under natural conditions, it grows up to 1.5-2 m in height. Blooms from June to cold weather. Bright pink flowers are collected in dense inflorescences that reach up to 20 cm in diameter.

The name is translated from Greek as "fateful tree". In ancient Rome, temples and houses of noble people were decorated with it. But Clerodendrum Bunge gained massive popularity in the 19th century, when winter gardens with tropical plants became fashionable in Europe.
Below are photos of the Bunge variety of Clerodendrum.

Features of the variety

A feature of the plant is year-round flowering (with proper care). The flower also has long flexible branches. By growing it in an open field, you can create beautiful hedges.

The older the plant, the harder the branches become. This nuance must be taken into account by those who are going to grow it in a pot on a windowsill.

Home care and outdoor planting

Clerodendrum Bunge takes root well on a windowsill or outdoors. The plant is tropical, therefore it is recommended to create conditions close to the natural habitat to the maximum.

How, where and when to plant?

It is better to start planting in the spring. You can plant a plant in a pot or in open ground. In regions with warm winters, the bush takes root well on the street and becomes a decoration of the site. The conditions are the same for both indoor and outdoor cultivation of Clerodendrum Bunge.

Reference! When grown in open ground for the winter, the plant is wrapped. When the air temperature drops below 12º, the roots are spud.

Soil, pot, habitat and lighting

A soil with neutral acidity is suitable for growing clerodendrum. You can use a universal soil, but to increase the looseness, dilute it with sand or fine expanded clay.

You can prepare a substrate using:

  • peat;
  • clay and leafy soil;
  • sand.

Everything is mixed in equal proportions.

Self-prepared potting soil must be disinfected. This is done in different ways:

  • Calcining in the oven at 180-200º for 15 minutes.
  • Freeze for the winter.
  • Rinsing in a pink solution of potassium permanganate.

The pot should be of medium size. The plant blooms when the root system grows and begins to rest against the walls. There must be several drainage holes at the bottom for excess water to escape. Suitable as drainage:

  • pebbles;
  • expanded clay;
  • brick chips.

The plant needs a bright place with diffused lighting. Ideally, this is the west or east side. If the window sill faces the north side, additional lighting is needed (phytolamp). Otherwise, the clerodendrum will die. On the south side, you need to provide additional shading.

Humidity, watering and feeding

  • Clerodendrum Bunge feels comfortable at a temperature of 20-25º. In winter, the plant is dormant. It is recommended to reduce the indicator to 15-17º. This ensures a vibrant and lush bloom after coming out of dormancy.

    Dry air is not acceptable for clerodendrum. You can ensure the required level of humidity by spraying the bush twice a day from a spray bottle. If it is not possible to do this, you can put a container of water next to it or build an artificial fountain.

    Reference! In autumn, the frequency of spraying is reduced to 1-2 times a week, and in winter it is completely stopped.

  • Clerodendrum loves abundant watering. You can determine the need for irrigation by the dry topsoil. It is necessary to use settled water at room temperature. In autumn, the bush is watered 1-2 times a week, in winter - once a month.

    It is necessary to monitor and promptly pour water from the pallet.

  • Top dressing is applied during the active growing season 2 times a month. Usually, store-bought preparations for flowering plants are used. The product is prepared according to the instructions. Fertilization is usually combined with watering. In the fall, it is recommended to add an iron complex.

Pruning and pinching

Pruning is needed to shape the bush.as well as for sanitization purposes. It is held in March or early April. Weak, dry and damaged shoots are cut off. Also, during the year, you can periodically cut off excess branches to maintain a given shape - the clerodendrum easily tolerates the procedure.

If you remove the side branches and leave only the central ones, the clerodendrum will take the form of a small tree.

When grown in open ground, Clerodendrum Bunge actively grows in breadth, sending shoots in all directions. This can only be dealt with by burying slate or sheet metal around the shrubbery to a depth of 0.5 meters.

How to propagate a plant?

For propagation, seeds and cuttings are used. The seeds are harvested in the fall or winter by removing them from the seed pods. You do not need to soak them beforehand. Initially, they are sown in March-April in a temporary container. Step-by-step landing instructions:

  1. Sprinkle the seeds into a prepared container, sprinkle lightly with earth.
  2. Drizzle abundantly, cover with foil or transparent glass.
  3. Air the pot daily, moisten the soil as it dries.
  4. When the first shoots appeared, cover the container with a tall jar instead of glass or film. This is necessary for the full growth of the young.
  5. When 4-5 leaves appear, the sprouts can be transplanted into permanent pots.

Further care includes standard activities - timely watering, feeding, spraying. At first, you can cover the pot with a jar or bottle, periodically airing it. When the plant gets stronger, the jar is removed.

Reference! Between sowing seeds and the appearance of the first shoots, 1.5-2 months pass.

A quick but more troublesome way is grafting:

  1. After spring pruning, shoots remain, of which you need to choose the strongest.
  2. Cuttings of 10-15 cm are cut from them and put in a jar of water so that they take root.
  3. When full-fledged roots have appeared, the cuttings are planted in prepared pots, covered with a jar or bottle. This is a must - young shoots need a greenhouse effect for full development.
  4. When shoots appear on young seedlings, they stop covering them.

When propagated by cuttings, in most cases, clerodendrum blooms in the same summer. To help cuttings take root faster, you can add growth stimulants to the water. Kornevin and Epin have proven themselves well.

Diseases, pests and other difficulties

Clerodendrum as a whole easily takes root and does not cause trouble for the owners. But in the process of growing, you can face diseases, pest attacks and other problems.

Pests:

  • Whitefly - a small insect that attacks stems and leaves, which then turn yellow and fall off. A sooty fungus multiplies on the secretions of the parasite. To save the bush, it is treated with soapy water. In advanced cases, a 1% decis solution is used.
  • Spider mite - the parasite forms a thin web under the leaves. Over time, they dry, turn yellow, fall off. For the fight, the leaves are treated with insecticidal soap.
  • Shields - settle under the leaves, contaminating them with sticky secretions. The plant is treated with soapy water. If the infection is started, use a solution of karbofos.

Often, owners will notice a prolonged lack of flowering with proper care. Often the problem lies in insufficient lighting. You need to move the pot to another place, or purchase a phytolamp.

Clerodendrum Bunge is a unique plant for our region. It will perfectly fit into the assortment of indoor plants and create a tropical atmosphere on the windowsill. The plant is not demanding on the soil, and the rest of the conditions are easy to provide at home. In regions with mild winters, clerodendrum can be grown in the yard or in the summer cottage.


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