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5. Crossandra - the brilliant beauty of a true Tropicana
Funnel-shaped crossandra (Crossandra infundibuliformis) is a brilliant plant in every sense of the word. It is no coincidence that this culture has become one of the most popular indoor plants in the new millennium. And although its tropical nature leaves its mark on the requirements of this plant, the beauty of the crossandra pays for all the efforts in full.
Crossandra height: from 40 to 60 cm
The appearance of the crossandra directly testifies to its origin. The vivid combination of unusual greenery and extremely beautiful leaves with vivid flowering seem to recreate the typical landscapes of Indian forests. This tropical plant belongs to the Acanthus family and, in addition to India, is also found in southern Africa.
Crossandres are genuine decorative flowering plants, but the beauty of the greenery of this culture should not be underestimated. Compact, well-controlled shrubs with erect shoots boast very large, up to 12 cm long by about 5 cm wide, lanceolate, dark green leaves with a glossy surface that literally shines. Most often, shoots are not visible behind the leaves of the crossandra; they create a magnificent green pillow, against which the bright flowers of the plant sparkle.
At the tops of the shoots, spectacular orange-red tubular flowers up to 4 cm in diameter are collected in fairly large spikelets of inflorescences up to 10 cm long. The profuse flowering of the crossandra seems as bright as it is graceful. Traditionally, the flowering period lasts from spring to autumn.
Crossandra can hardly be called the most capricious tropical culture. But with due diligence, inexperienced flower growers can also grow this plant, but it is better not to deviate from the requirements and recommendations along the way. Indeed, to any deviation from the comfortable conditions, the crossandra reacts instantly, losing the attractiveness of the leaves (restoration takes a very long time and is fraught with the risk of being damaged by pests and diseases).
Crossandra requires extremely careful watering. This plant does not tolerate droughts or excessive waterlogging of the soil. Watering for the crossandra is carried out carefully, as the upper layer of the substrate dries up, using less water and making these procedures more frequent. The more stable the moisture content of the substrate, the better this shrub develops.
Crossandra is an extremely thermophilic plant that does not need to be dormant with low temperatures. Even in winter or under extreme circumstances, the air temperature in the room containing the crossandra should not drop below + 16 … + 18 degrees. This is the minimum value for this plant.
Lighting for the crossandra is very easy to choose. The brighter it is, the more fully the colors on the inflorescences will appear and the more beautiful the leaves will be. But this tropical beauty cannot stand direct sunlight and can only put up with diffused lighting.
In order to succeed in growing crossandra, it is necessary to regularly form bushes, pinch the shoots or resort to pruning. Plant feeding is carried out at a standard frequency or weekly.
- Soil for crossandra: versatile, light, loose and nutritious.
- Crossandra transplants: before the appearance of flower buds, but only as needed, when the roots have completely mastered the earthen lump.
Crossandra can be propagated both by vegetative methods and by seeds. Plant cuttings can only take root in specially created conditions, at a temperature of 20 degrees, stable soil moisture in a nutritious substrate.
If you grow indoor tropicans that we have not mentioned in this article, tell us about them in the comments. Perhaps our new publication will be about this plant.
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