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1. Anigosantos - kangaroo legs and their inimitable inflorescences
Among indoor exotic plants, it is difficult to find plants with more non-standard flowering than anigosantos. This indoor culture is a genuine Australian in character, and on demand for conditions, and in its beauty.
Anigosantosa gained popularity only in the new millennium, but today many new varieties and varieties can be found on the shelves. Last but not least, the reason for the widespread distribution was floristry: anigosanthos are often used in non-standard bouquets as one of the best cut plants that retain their decorative effect for a long time.
- Plant height: 30 to 50 cm.
- Growth form: powerful rhizome perennial.
Anigozanthos, or Kangaroo's foot (Anigozanthos) - spectacular and bright exotic. The combination of dense sod of narrow basal leaves, which looks elegant and sloppy at the same time, with outlandish inflorescences, distinguishes anigosantos in any setting and in any interior.
An emerald, cold shade of dark green color of densely spaced, long and rather narrow, strongly pointed at the ends of the leaves of anigosanthos in a kind of airy curtain surprisingly successfully emphasizes the unusualness of the inflorescences. Anigosanthos leaves in different parts of the bushes bend in different ways, usually droop along the edge of the pot, sometimes bent in graceful arcs, but always create an exotic background. The inflorescences of Anigosantos are quite powerful, they rise on reddish peduncles branching only at the top. The tubular flowers of anigosanthos with a narrow pharynx and an elongated base are most often two-colored, collected in loose brushes, which, thanks to the claw-like bend of the flowers, really resemble the legs of a kangaroo. Even from a distance, the inflorescences look massive and airy at the same time, seem exotic and outlandish. Anigosanthus' color palette includes yellow,pink, red, light green colors, and the classic yellow-green-orange varieties are as common as red-green.
Anigosanthos bloom period: from May to August
This plant is constantly growing in breadth, requires the correct selection of containers from among wide, but shallow containers. Anigosanthos can even be grown in boxes or tubs, in unusual large decorative containers and flower beds.
Anigosanthos are light-loving plants that can only be grown in sufficiently intense light or in sunny places. In the summer, they will love the outdoor seating in the garden, terrace or balcony. And the temperature regime for this culture is quite simple to choose. In the active stage of growth, Anigosantos is not afraid of even extreme heat, it perfectly tolerates room temperatures. But for the rest period, he will have to provide coolness, placing it from October until the end of winter in temperatures from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius (no higher).
- Anigosanthos transplant: annual, in February or March.
- Soil for anigosantos: loose, fertile, versatile.
Caring for anigosanthos is considered quite difficult. This plant requires very abundant watering, but it is easily exposed to rot and prefers to carry out this procedure with the lower method (watering through the pan). Drying out of the substrate in containers for anigosantos can be disastrous even in winter. During the dormant period, watering is reduced, but still maintains a sufficiently high soil moisture. The easiest way to care for anigosanthos is classic feeding with a frequency of 1 time in 2-3 weeks. The plant is susceptible to pests and diseases, reacts poorly to the slightest shading, violation of watering, requires constant attention and monitoring of the state of the substrate.
Anigosanthos is propagated by seeds or by dividing plants during transplantation.
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