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5. Ahimenez erect
It is difficult to find more unusual plants than Achimenes even in the list of the best indoor exotics. This culture that develops from rhizomes combines an unusual form of growth with surprisingly simple and pretty flowers, the non-standard shape of which can be appreciated far from the first time. This relative of the uzambar violets, although inferior to them in popularity, but surpasses them in size.
The flowering period of the Achimenes erecta spans the second half of summer and early autumn. And although it lasts "only" a few months, it is quite difficult to forget this sight.
The simple bright flowers of Achimenes with a very tapered tubular base are an unusual but surprisingly striking sight. In Achimenes, the bell-shaped flower shape is far from easy to recognize.
An elongated needle-shaped tube of striking length is crowned with a wide-open five-lobed rim. The asymmetrical and very showy flowers of the Achimenes conquer also with their colors.
The plant's color palette includes the brightest, sometimes even too catchy variations of the violet, pink and lilac spectrum. Achimenes practically does not have boring colors, but there are varieties with various specks, patterns, spots and stripes that are just coming into fashion today.
The structure of this rhizome herbaceous perennial is very unusual. The vital organ of achimenes is a large rhizome, similar to a spruce cone, from which this plant is renewed every spring. The aerial parts of Achimenes die in the winter after the transition to the dormant stage after flowering. All Achimenes are characterized by rather thin, branched, creeping or drooping shoots, which make it possible to grow this plant not only in the classical form with supports, but also in various hanging baskets. The leaves are very reminiscent of nettle in their color, shape and texture, although, unlike this weed, they can boast of a glossy sheen.
Despite the fact that the aerial parts of achimenes die off for the winter, the rest of the year, the thriving and flowering plants look very attractive. This is one of the best seasonal accents you can find.
The conditions for growing Achimenes are not difficult to recreate. This is an extremely thermophilic plant, which can die if the temperature drops to 15 degrees. Ahimenes is grown only in temperatures from 18 degrees with a desirable limitation of maximum values to 25 degrees. It is a light-loving plant that does not tolerate direct sunlight very well.
Achimenes' care is also pretty simple. The plant, after the loss of the aerial part, is slowly transferred to dry content. Watering for him is also gradually resumed in mid-February, transferring achimenes to the usual regime in March. During flowering and active development, the substrate must be constantly moist. This plant is very afraid of watering with cold water.
Top dressing for Achimenes is applied every week, reducing the dosage by half. Akhimenes demand to maintain average air humidity, not less than 50% by any method available to you. This indoor culture is transplanted annually, before watering, at the end of January or February.
Achimenes is propagated by dividing the rhizome into fragments, by cuttings of shoots or seeds.
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