Pentas (Egyptian Star): home care, transplant
This is a flower that blooms during periods when there is a lack of sunlight, and on the street there is practically no greenery and gives off with the arrival of winter. Starting from October to February, it’s only eye-catching if some ornamental plants standing on the windowsill and not dropping foliage, like their distant brothers who are on the street. Here one cannot but pay attention to the pentas, which not only warms the soul with the presence of greenery, but simply blows up a person’s consciousness by the appearance of its flowering hat, as if it were an explosion of a colorful fireworks on New Year's Eve. At the moment of the appearance of such a hat, strewn with inflorescences - stars of a five-pointed shape, you can not help falling in love with this flower, which seems to say that winter is sure to end.
Many gardeners call the pentas a bouquet in a pot or an Egyptian star. One cannot disagree with this, since even one pot with this flower is enough to cheer you up. Given that the bouquet can have completely different colors, then in this regard, there are no equal.
To properly care for an Egyptian star, you should know certain subtleties.
Pentas Home Care
In room conditions, pentas lanceolate (lanceolate) are grown to a greater extent, on the basis of which many hybrids with different shades are bred. This plant is also interesting in that the pentas seeds of the same color, soon you can get "offspring" with different color shades.
In one season, the pentas can bloom several times, making small stops for relaxation. If you regularly feed it, then the flowering periods can be increased, but you should not abuse it, since this flower constantly needs rest and this can be noticed by its appearance. If you give him periods of rest, then every time the pentas will bloom with renewed vigor.
Location and lighting
The most suitable place for this flower is the south window, with sufficient light, but after a long winter period, it is not advisable to immediately expose the pentas to direct sunlight, as it is possible to burn the leaves.
The flower should be accustomed to full sun rays gradually. In the summer, if possible, it is better to move the pentas to the garden. If there is no such possibility, then it is possible on a loggia or on a balcony. In extreme cases, you can organize regular ventilation of the room. This is probably the only indoor decorative plant that is not afraid of drafts, especially summer ones.
The optimal temperature for the pentas is 20-25 ° C, but not more. At higher temperatures, the leaves begin to fade, and the stems are pulled up, after which they lose their stability.
If, starting in spring, increase pentas watering, then by summer you can get a flowering plant. Water should be defended, and its temperature should correspond to room temperature. In order for the flower to develop and bloom normally, it is necessary to introduce complex mineral fertilizers for flowering plants, with a predominance of phosphorus, which stimulates the formation of buds. In the autumn-winter period, watering is reduced, but not stopped. As a result of a lack of moisture, the pentas leaves turn yellow quickly.
For this, plants such an indicator plays a huge role. The humidity around this flower should be about 60%, and this is a lot, as for the conditions of modern apartments. In order to somehow bring the conditions closer to those required, it is advisable to bathe (spray) the flower more often with soft water. In this case, you need to ensure that water does not fall on the flower. You can get very good results if you put expanded clay in a pan or put moss, and then moisten them.It is very important that the flower pot is at a certain distance, then you can get the desired humidity within the flower.
This plant will not be able to develop normally without frequent transplants. The flower develops very quickly, as a result of which many young shoots appear, which in turn leads to an increase in the root mass, so that the plant feels comfortable, it should be transplanted into a larger pot. Young pentas require an annual transplant, and older plants - as needed.
If the flower is regularly rejuvenated, then it does not make sense to transplant it.
It is better if this plant will be planted in a ready-made, purchased substrate for decorative deciduous plants. This flower does not like soils in which there are various salts.
Shaping a bush
It is necessary to control the growth of the pentas from the first days of planting, as it grows in any unpredictable directions, which leads to a loss of decorativeness. To get a neat bush, you should constantly pinch the shoots that begin to come out of the aesthetic image of the flower.
Pruning should be done between periods of increase.
Many gardeners claim that pentas is an annual plant and it is true. But his life span can be increased up to 3 years, if continuous rejuvenation is carried out. Therefore, it is necessary to take such a factor into account and always have young cuttings or seeds in stock. This flower can bloom both in winter and in summer, but its main purpose is classical bloom in winter. After all, in winter, there are so many different colors, unlike the summer period. Therefore, all efforts of the florist should be aimed at ensuring that the flower will delight others with its flowering precisely in winter.
If the pentas is planted in the garden, it is natural that it will bloom in summer, along with all the flowers located on the flowerbed.
The best way to propagate garden pentas is to plant seeds (through seedlings). It grows rapidly and in May it can be planted in the ground. For indoor cultivation, a variant with rooting cuttings in moist ground or in water is better suited.
From time to time, Pentas needs to be left alone and, somewhere in a secluded place, was able to accumulate a little strength and energy. To again please others with a unique flowering. But it is not so simple. Finding a suitable room for a pentas in summer is a problem. The most suitable place at this time for him could be a cellar. Before moving to a cool place (relatively cool), the flower should be cut and all buds removed. Watering should be reduced, but do not allow the soil to dry out.
Somewhere in the month of August, an Egyptian star gets out of the cellar and transplanted into a new pot, after which it is installed on the north window. After this, the plant needs to be watered more actively. During the autumn period, it is actively growing and gaining strength in order to bloom again, as before.
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