Aerial graphics of shefflers elegant
Among the large indoor tree and shrubs that claim to be elegant, in the grace and transparency of the crown, no culture can compare with a special kind of shefflers. Unlike the much more popular and famous "zoned" sheffler, the most elegant is a capricious plant, but it does not require a cool winter. Like a bizarre vision, the crown of this plant is all composed of lines and “strokes” of narrow leaves. Assessing the structure of foliage at first glance is not easy, but the sheffler’s most elegant gives the impression of a unique plant instantly.
Transparent relative of ordinary sheffler
Sheffler knows the most elegant of most flower growers under the old name - dizigoteki graceful (Dizygotheca elegantissima) and the popular nickname of false castor oil. There are many plants in the Sheffler family, which flower growers are fond of all over the world and firmly holding their positions in the ranking of large indoor giants. But the shefflers are classic and popular - the plants are massive, and although quite beautiful, they are still not original. But one unique species from this genus seems no less than an exceptional exotic. Scheffler's most elegant (Schefflera elegantissima) - the plant is unique both in silhouettes and in its effect on the interior and in character.
This is one of the most elegant indoor crop sizes. Despite the fact that the shuffler bushes can reach one and a half meters and are quite voluminous, it seems weightless, transparent and lacks the unpleasant ability of its brothers to visually reduce space and suppress the environment. Shefflers airiness acts quite the opposite, it gives the rooms a sense of freedom and additional space. The plant seems to compensate for heavy and massive objects.
But the main thing in the elegant sheffler is its ultramodern, unusual, graphic and slightly evocative appearance. This plant is for modern interiors with their play of colors, textures and textures, for the environment in which such a graphic plant can be appreciated.
Tall trunks, upright, slender, stained, form an air tree. Thin, densely branched shoots of shefflers from a distance are difficult to distinguish from its leaves; narrow lanceolate leaves with serrate, coarse toothed edges and up to 40 cm long with a width of less than 1 cm are folded in 5-10 pieces. into palm-complex leaves; but such a structure is not easy to evaluate due to the subtlety of the lobes themselves, and because of the long petioles (up to 40 cm). On the shoots, the leaves are arranged next. The older the plant, the less pronounced the palmate shape of the leaves and the more chaotic their structure.
Sheffler's graceful, unlike her brothers, cannot boast of a large palette of colors. In this room culture, the leaves are painted only in a deep dark green color, which seems almost dark when placed opposite the window in the interior. The plant pleasantly surprises with the bronze color of young leaves, on which the scarlet middle vein stands out brightly.
In room conditions of a sheffler, the most elegant does not bloom, and even in greenhouses it is not often possible to admire the top umbrellas of inflorescences.
On sale you can find the base plant, and the three most popular varieties of shefflers elegant:
- ‘Castor’ - with smaller and wider fractions of three-fingered leaves;
- ‘Bianca’ - a light green variety with cream border along the edge of a shortened wide lobes;
- ‘Gemini’ - with ovoid leaves of a dark color with a reddish vein.
But these plants are still less elegant than the ordinary Scheffler elegantissima.
Care for the shefflera graceful
Scheffler is suitable for experienced gardeners and those who still cannot consider themselves professional, but already have minimal experience in caring for plants that require high humidity. This plant is demanding on stability of conditions and in many respects during the departure it is necessary to rely on its intuition. But despite the demands of a sheffler, she will be pleasantly surprised by the speed of growth, non-standard beauty and a special palette.
When working with the finest shefflera, one should remember that this plant, like other shefflers, contains toxic substances and requires protection of the skin and mucous membranes during trimming and transplantation.
Lighting for the shefflers of the most elegant
This species of Scheffler grows well both in bright places and in partial shade. The plant does not tolerate direct sunlight, despite its thin leaf blades. For shefflers of this species, it is desirable to provide stable lighting, in winter, rearranging the plant to more illuminated places. The more intense the lighting, the more compact the sheffler grows and the more her leaves are painted in a dark tone.
One of the advantages of the most elegant shefflers, in comparison with other types of shefflers, is her love for high temperatures. This plant does not need a cool wintering, it feels comfortable at temperatures not lower than average room temperatures throughout the year. The minimum allowable temperature is 15 degrees, but it is better that for a long period the indicators do not fall below 18 degrees. The most comfortable indicators are from 21 degrees and above. It tolerates summer heat.
Schefflers are very sensitive to temperature extremes, drafts. When ventilating the plants, it is better to protect them from the latter. Without a Scheffler airing, the most elegant decorativeness will not be preserved; it needs fresh air, especially in winter. The most elegant sheffler is not allowed out into the fresh air in summer. When growing, it is also worth careful to ensure that the bottom of the pot does not get cold, the plant does not come in contact with a cold floor or window sill trim.
Watering and humidity
For the finest shefflers, you need to constantly monitor the moisture content of the substrate. The plant does not tolerate abundant watering and mild drought, not to mention the problematic wetland or completely dry state of the earthen coma. The soil should always be medium moist without moisture fluctuations. Watering is carried out after drying a few upper centimeters of the substrate in pots. Water in pallets should not be left even for 5 minutes.
The hardest part of growing the finest shefflers is maintaining high air humidity. This species is very sensitive to these indicators and, if they fall below 60%, it quickly loses attractiveness. It is possible to create a plant-friendly environment only by a combination of sprayings and the installation of humidifiers. The role of the latter is suitable not only for industrial devices, but also trays and plates with wet pebbles, moss, expanded clay.
Schaeffler's most elegant requires an accurate choice of water for irrigation and spraying: for this beauty only very soft water is suitable. Stains from spraying with hard water stand out very much on dark leaves.
This type of sheffler will not give up on dusting and dusting. It is inconvenient to wipe the leaves because of their shape, but suffocation removes pollution perfectly.
Fertilizers and fertilizers
Dressings for the finest shefflers must be applied carefully, in moderation, but throughout the year. From April to September inclusive, they are carried out more intensively, once every 2 weeks, from October to March - once every 5-6 weeks in half with reduced doses.
For a plant, it is better to choose complex fertilizers for decorative and deciduous plants or alternate mineral and organic fertilizing. This type of Scheffler grows well with the use of long-acting fertilizers and responds well to foliar top dressing.
Trimming shefflers graceful
In the absence of control, the plant loses its compactness and attractiveness, can bend, individual shoots are stretched. It is advisable to trim the Schaeffler of this species to give a more uniform crown. Pruning is most often carried out in the form of a pinch or light cut of the tops of the shoots. Pruning shoots and dry leaves also need pruning.
Transplanting the finest shefflers and substrate
For shefflers, universal substrates or mixtures intended for decorative leafy plants are usually used. With independent compilation of the earth mixture it is prepared from equal parts of peat, leafy soil, sand, sod land and humus.
A plant transplant is carried out not annually, but with a frequency of 1 time in 2 years or less, as the roots fill the substrate. The root system develops much more slowly than the aerial parts. Instead of replanting, you can replace the top layer of the substrate with a fresh one. A transplant is carried out before active growth begins, in March.
The capacity for the finest shefflers is increased by one and a half times compared with the previous one in order to increase the intervals between transplantations. The plant is afraid of root injuries, so it is simply transshipped, preserving an earthen lump. Schaeffler can be planted several copies in one pot to obtain a more magnificent and massive crown, but only at a young age and then without dividing.
When transplanting to the bottom of the tank, a high layer of drainage must be laid. For the finest shefflers it is better to use large-fragmented drainage.
Diseases and pests shefflers graceful
Sheffler’s most graceful often suffers from thrips, spider mites, scutes, which can literally occupy the plant in a sunny place and in dry air. Aphids most often affect only young shoots and the reason for its spread is always a violation of care.
Common growing problems:
- loss of leaves in drafts, with drought or in cold;
- shrinking leaves and stunting during waterlogging and the absence of top dressing.
Breeding shefflers graceful
This plant is one of the most difficult to reproduce. Get new copies can only cuttings and layering. But the latter must be done on lignified areas, and the cuttings are predominantly cut not stem but stem.
Before cutting the cuttings, the sheffler needs to be kept graceful in heat, temperature from 25 degrees and in greenhouse conditions with air humidity above 75%. After a few days, the shoot is cut from the plant, cutting off cuttings with several leaves. Rooting is carried out in a substrate with stable humidity, under a hood with daily ventilation, rooting is possible only at a stable temperature and humidity, the slightest overmoistening is destructive.
Rooting layering requires the creation of similar conditions.
Apical cuttings can be tried to root, provided that they are cut in early spring, at the very beginning of growth. But this process can take several months, it requires hot conditions with high humidity.
If you managed to get the finest shefflers seeds, they are rooted after soaking in growth stimulants and warm water, deepened to a depth of about 1 cm and only a light spraying of the substrate is carried out. Germination conditions are similar to cuttings. The pick is carried out after the appearance of the third true leaf.