A plant like anigosantos (Anigozanthos) has appeared on the shelves of flower shops relatively recently. It is directly related to the Haemodoraceae family. In the wild, this spectacular flower can be found in Western Australia. Today, there are 13 species of anigosantos. Due to the unusual shape of the flower, this plant is also called “kangaroo legs"(Kangaroo Paws) or" kangaroo paws ".
This evergreen perennial can grow up to 2 meters in height (in the wild). Its belt-like or lanceolate leaves form a basal rosette, and they are painted in different shades of green. On slender stems there are panicles with not quite ordinary flowers, which bear a great resemblance to kangaroo paws and are colored pink, yellow or greenish. There are also two-color flowers, for example: green-violet, red-black, green-red or orange-yellow. The final color shade of flowers is directly dependent on the thin hairs on their surface, and they are also often located on a part of the shoot.
This plant blooms from May to July. In many countries where there are fairly mild winters, this plant is grown as a garden perennial.
If you cut a flower and put it in water, then it will retain its freshness for a long time. That is why they love to use it when composing various compositions. Due to the unusual shape and color of these flowers, a very interesting effect is achieved. From completely dried flowers, which also do not lose the brightness of their color, they make up bouquets that are sold in the homeland of Anigosantos as souvenirs.
Not so long ago, dwarf hybrids appeared on the market that can be safely grown at home.
Domestic varieties have flower stalks, the length of which can be from 25 to 50 centimeters. Such an unusual flower grows rather slowly and after a while forms a highly branched bush, on which there are many panicles of flowers. In order for the plant to bloom for a long time, it is necessary to remove the faded peduncles in time.
It is a very light-loving plant and in summer it is best to move it outdoors to a sunny location. In the case when it does not have enough light (when placed in the shade), anigosantos does not bloom and gradually begins to fade.
Not afraid of the heat. And also it is not damaged by a slight frost, however, this flower is not winter-hardy. In winter, it is recommended to place it in a well-lit and cool (10-14 degrees) room.
Prefers low humidity. It grows well in the dry air of apartments during the cold season.
In the summer, water the plant abundantly, but make sure that no liquid gets on the leaves. Flowers can fall off if the ground dries up.
The substrate used must be perfectly permeable to water, this will help avoid stagnation. Otherwise, rot may appear on the roots.
During active growth and flowering, the plant is fed 1 time in 2 or 3 weeks. In winter, fertilizers are not applied to the soil.
Young plants do not need a transplant. But it can be carried out when the roots do not fit in the pot. The transplant is carried out in the last spring weeks, while the old overgrown bush is divided. Don't forget a good drainage layer.
The composition suitable for anigosanthos, soil mixture includes: leaf earth, peat and sand. You can also use purchased soil for flowers, only it is recommended to add chopped bark to it. In the wild, these flowers choose rocky or sandy ground. In this regard, a heavy substrate, which hardly allows water to pass through, is not suitable for them.
The dormant period for Anigosantos is observed in winter. At this time, he needs to provide meager watering, as well as stop fertilizing the soil. Place the flower in a well-lit, cool room.
This plant can be propagated using seeds or by dividing a bush.
Sowing seeds is recommended shortly after harvesting. But at the same time, it is worth knowing that their germination is maintained for several years. Sowing is carried out in a small tray, into which sand mixed with peat is pre-poured. The first shoots should appear in 15-40 days. At the same time, germination is equally good at different times of the year, at normal room temperature. Soon after the emergence of seedlings, you need to pick them into separate small pots.
You can only share an old, overgrown flower. They do this in spring or autumn, when flowering ends. The root is divided with a very sharp knife and all old leaves are carefully removed. The foliage needs to be cut off in the delots in order to halve evaporation. Exclude the ingress of water when watering on the sections, as this can serve the development of the disease. They are placed in a shaded area and kept there for several weeks.
If there is too much moisture in the air, very dark spots may appear on the foliage of anigosantos. Spider mites can settle.
Anigosantos kangaroo paws
In agriculture, the fight against the bear has been going on for a very long time, and new ways to get rid of these pests are constantly being used.
Previously, the fight against the bear took place mainly with the use of folk remedies.
Many of them are capable of having a positive effect, but there is still no drug or agent that could guarantee a 100% result and at the same time prevent the appearance of insects on the land.
Medvedka is capable of infecting many vegetables and other plants, and not just potatoes, as novice gardeners believe.
"Medvedka" refers mainly to one type of insects that are found on the site, but you should know that this name defines the whole family. It includes more than a hundred different species of insects with similar features of structure and lifestyle.
This family of insects is very fond of fertile soil. Therefore, these parasites are very common in the southern regions where there is black soil.
In fertile land, more crops usually grow, which are used as food for the bear. A sufficient level of moisture in the ground becomes favorable conditions, as well as a sufficient level of humus content.
Good soil characteristics always attract pests.
On average, the length of an adult can reach 5-6 centimeters. They have an elongated body, a sharp head. The peculiarity of the structure of this insect is that in front of it two wide paws are extended, with which it rakes the ground like a mole. Thanks to this body shape, he is able to move very quickly underground, creating a network of passages for himself.
Do not be fooled by the small size of this insect. It is very dangerous in that it is able to reproduce very quickly and travel long distances. For many, this will come as a surprise, but the bear is able to move not only underground and its surface, but also knows how to fly. This feature of the structure of her body makes this parasite very special.
Medvedka (also popularly called "top") has excellent adaptability to new environmental conditions. It should also be noted the high level of resistance of the parasite to adverse conditions that a person created for him, or those that arose naturally.
The "spinning top" often appears in the ground where manure, urea, bird droppings, rotted organic matter have recently been used.
The bear hibernates at a depth of 1.5-2 meters, and when it warms up on the surface or a thaw sets in, they begin to crawl out.
Vegetable crops that grow on the surface of the earth are also under threat. Pests begin to eat tomatoes, which are usually too low above the ground (not tied), lettuce, eggplant, cabbage leaf. Sometimes these insects can take a liking to flowers, eating their rhizome and foliage.
Since parasites can multiply very quickly, they can cause very large damage to the crop over the season, and farmers will suffer significant losses.
If root crops are grown on one site for a long time, then the likelihood of the appearance of a "top" on the site increases.
Getting rid of the "top" is a very laborious process. For a long time, farmers have been using folk remedies against the bear.
If you are wondering how to deal with a bear, then you should familiarize yourself with all the effective methods that experienced gardeners have already tried. Then you need to select a few of them to increase the level of efficiency.
This video shows effective methods of dealing with a bear.
If you are interested in how best and faster to get rid of the bear with folk remedies, we recommend that you pay attention to the methods of mechanical cultivation of the land on the site. Folk ways to combat the bear involve a wide range of different methods and approaches that have already had the desired effect on parasites.
You can fight the bear in the garden with the help of rough digging of the earth. Mechanical treatment of the soil should be carried out in the spring, as early as possible after the frost has receded.
Thus, gardeners are destroying the nests of the "top", as well as the established networks of underground tunnels. In addition, deep digging of the site significantly complicates the movement and feeding of insects.
During the growing season of plants, it is advisable to loosen the soil to a depth of at least 20 centimeters.
Preparing dung traps is another effective remedy for spinning top. The main principle of its action is that parasites are very fond of manure, therefore it is used as bait.
A special fishing pit of arbitrary size is created (it is enough to dig a hole half a meter long and wide). After that, the recess is filled with herbivore dung to attract the attention of the insect.
Here they often spend the winter. When a cold snap sets in, preferably sub-zero temperatures, farmers come to this pit and shovel the frozen manure with a shovel.
At this time, all "tops" are in hibernation, so they cannot quickly escape and begin to die in the cold.
In the spring, these pits attract pests, and they lay eggs there, and not in the soil where vegetables grow.
Among the means that are used to combat the bear, you can find bait with poison. Farmers prepare cereal grains and then treat them with a special preparation - aldrin. For one kilogram of grains, it is enough to use 50 grams of these funds.
If you want to know how to get a bear out of the garden without using strong chemicals, then you can use the following method.
As soon as the underground passages of the "top" were found during the digging of the site, it will be necessary to pour a couple of grams of vegetable oil there, and then let the running water directly into the hole.
You can also use soap and water as an alternative to oil. Laundry soap dissolves in water in a ratio of 1 to 5 (you can use an inexpensive washing powder). Soapy water will quickly drive insects out of their burrows.
Another remedy for a bear, which is referred to as folk remedies, is shadow traps.
Pests prefer to be in warm places, so they are constantly looking for them. In the sun, you can put pieces of dark material (a sheet of rubber, plastic, metal), and put a piece of bait under it. When the sun begins to set, you will need to check the traps by raising them and eliminate insects.
Another method of combating parasites has received quite good reviews - the use of water or beer traps. The smell of fermentation attracts tops, so beer works well as bait.
A small hole is pulled out in the ground, a glass jar is placed there in size so that its neck is at ground level. Then a third of the can is filled with cheap beer.
The hole must be closed, leaving a small gap so that a bear can crawl through it (one and a half centimeters will be enough).
Instead of beer, you can pour water, but to attract pests, you will need to grease the edges of the can with honey.
It should be remembered that the "top" cannot overcome even vertical obstacles by itself (for example, plastic, nylon mesh). In this regard, you can use special protective structures or plastic or similar material. The main thing is that it is convenient to bend it, and it remains strong at the same time.
Taking plastic bottles, cut off the neck, and then cut out even rings up to 7-8 centimeters wide. After that, they will need to be stuck into the ground with an edge so that the plastic peeps out 2-3 centimeters above the ground.
Thus, an obstacle will appear that the bear will not be able to climb over. To protect the stem of plants, it is customary to use rubber or plastic tubes, putting them on the outside of the seedlings.
After that, the plant is planted in the usual way, making sure that the rubber tube protrudes above the ground.
In the video, the author shares his experience in dealing with a pest.
Indoor plants will not leave anyone indifferent. Among the huge assortment of species and varieties, you can always find a plant to your liking.
Someone will like vines that can be hung on the walls in pots, someone will choose fragile violets, and someone - huge monsters. Many people value houseplants for their beautiful flowers.
You can choose them in such a way that there are flowering plants in the room all year round.
Indoor flowering plants are more demanding to care for, but even among them you can find unpretentious species that do not need difficult conditions.
Abelia is a small shrub. With proper care, it will delight you with white, pink or purple flowers. For the plant, you need to choose the right soil (acidic or neutral), organize bright lighting and abundant watering in the summer.
Abutilon (indoor maple) blooms in summer. Unpretentious care. In winter, it requires moderate watering. Withstands direct sunlight for up to several hours a day. The flowers of the plant can be yellow, red, white or pink. Abutilon should be pinched and trimmed over time.
Azalea is a small shrub.Loves bright light. It blooms with white, red, yellow or pink flowers. Demanding to watering, grows well at low temperatures and bright lighting.
Balsam (Vanka wet) got its second name due to the appearance of water droplets on the tips of the leaves when the humidity rises. There are three groups of balsams:
Flowering begonias do not like overflow. They are of three types:
upright (bright red begonia, coral)
ampelous (syzolic begonia)
bushy (ever-flowering, fuchsia-shaped begonias).
Bougainvillea is not a flower for beginner growers, requiring special conditions.
She loves bright light, does not bloom with a lack of lighting, is unstable to dry air. In winter, watering should be limited. The plant can reach 3 m in height.
Gloxinia is a tuberous plant with velvety bell flowers. In winter, it is at rest, the tubers must be stored in a cellar or refrigerator.
Often the damage that a bear in the garden can inflict is compared to a locust infestation. If nothing is done, then within a short period a large amount of the crop will be destroyed throughout the territory.
If the moles are absolutely not interested in plants, and they damage the roots in the course of normal life, then the bear deliberately digs holes in search of tuberous plants.
In this article, we will give advice to gardeners, how to get rid of a bear forever.
Unlike the beetles that live in the ground, the bear tries everything in search of tubers. Because of this, seedlings often suffer, but absolutely nothing threatens the weeds, since the bear lives only in planted dachas and vegetable gardens.
If you saw this insect on your site, then you should immediately take measures to combat it. Keep in mind that the bear has a hard shell, so crushing it with your fingers is almost impossible. Remember that bears can fly and attempts to catch them are in vain.
Due to the fact that after harvesting the field is plowed to an insufficient depth, bears have become one of the most common pests in recent years. You should not dig up the site in advance, if you start digging during the first frost, then the bears will be on the surface and die from the frost.
Medvedka accidentally damages the roots of seedlings in search of tubers
After you disturbed the bear in the autumn, and she was preparing for wintering, dig small holes up to 40 cm deep on the site and fill them with manure. Bears who survived after plowing will find refuge there. During frost, do not forget to scatter manure from the pits, then the insects will quickly die and will not survive until spring.
Indoor flowers and plants from A to Z - a catalog of names, photos, descriptions.
On this page I list all indoor flowers from A to Z as in the catalog. Those flowers and plants that are listed here have information on this site in the most detailed form. Since the page was launched recently, so far there are few plant names, but they are constantly updated. If you want to find detailed information about some kind of indoor plant (for example, exotic or rare in Russia), write from the name in the comments, I will definitely add it to the catalog.
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