Flower pike tail: overseas miracle on your windowsill
Sansevieria, or the flower of a pike tail, like hercalled in the people, - the plant is very beautiful and original, but it is absolutely unpretentious, so that even a budding florist can easily cope with the care of it.
Sansevieria belongs to the Agave family. Its homeland is the territory of savannas and semi-deserts of Africa and Asia, where it everywhere grows wild. The flower of the pike tail is a stemless plant, which is a rosette of dense fleshy lanceolate leaves, with good care capable of reaching a length of up to 1 meter. In the room conditions, several varieties of sansewieria are grown, differing in the shape and length of the leaves, as well as their coloration. The most common:
- Sansevieria is three-striped, whose leaves are adorned with light transverse bands;
- Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii, the edges of which adorn a light yellow border;
- sansevieriya Khan, whose leaves are broader and shorter;
- sansevieriya Khana Golden - a hybrid with a squat form of rosette, whose leaves have a light border around the edge.
If to provide comfortable conditions of existenceand due care, in April-May, you can enjoy a flowering pike tail (flower). The photo shows what the inflorescence of this plant looks like: milky-white small flowers, in shape resembling lilies, collected on a delicate fragile flower stem. They give off a pleasant aroma of vanilla, which intensifies at night. Each plant can bloom only once, and after that the rosette stops releasing new leaves, so you should take time to prepare the planting material for the reproduction of sansevieria and preserve this original look on your windowsill.
As already mentioned, the flower of a pike tail is a plantunpretentious. This is explained by the fact that it feels rather comfortable in the arid lands of its homeland. Here and in the room conditions Sansevieria will require from you minimal effort.
The tailless tail grows well in the sun and in theShadows, except that varieties with variegated color of the leaves require a little more light to save the pattern. In the winter, Sansevieria also grows well under artificial lighting. Well tolerates direct sunlight.
Coming from dry savannah and semi-desert,the flower of a pike tail can manage for a while without irrigation, but does not like overmoistening. Watering is moderate, in winter it can be reduced up to 1 time in 2-3 weeks. When watering the plant, it is necessary to protect the center of the outlet from moisture, otherwise the decay may begin, which is fraught with even the death of the flower. Sansevieria can do without spraying, it is enough to wipe the leaves from dust from time to time.
In the warm season, you can feed the plant with fertilizers for cacti. In winter, the number of feeds is reduced.
A pike-tail flower is transplanted every 2-3 timesyear, if it is noticeable that the roots of the plant protrude from the pot, and it became cramped. Containers for sansevieria are best to choose shallow, but wide, as the root system of it is located in the upper layer of the soil.
Propagate the pike tail in several ways:
- by dividing the rhizome - cutting the root into pieces in such a way that on each segment there is a growth point;
- side shoots - separating them from an adult plant, and retaining in a container with water until the roots appear;
- leaves - separating from the leaf of an adult plant areas of 8-10 cm, and placing them in a hotbed with wet river sand until the appearance of roots, buds and shoots.
As you can see, the pike tail is a room flower, which is very easy to take care of.