Beloperone, or Justice - shrimp bush
Beloperone (Beloperone) is a plant from the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae), more often we know this plant under the name Justice, or Jacobinia (lat.Justicia). It comes from the tropical regions of America, where more than 30 species of plants grow, mainly shrubs.
In warm greenhouses and rooms, droplets of white perone (Beloperone guttata), also known under another name as Justicia brandegeeana, an evergreen shrub with simple opposite reddish-brown leaves, are grown. Two-lipped flowers, collected in the final dense spike-shaped inflorescences. Large bracts give a special decorative effect.
The plant is photophilous. It grows best at a temperature of 16-25 ° C, in winter - 12-15 ° C. Dry air can also be temporarily transported, but higher humidity is desirable. With increased humidity and changing the timing of the cuttings, flowering specimens are obtained at any time of the year.
From November to January, watering is limited, during the flowering period they are watered abundantly. It responds well to spraying.
For better growth, feed a solution of complete mineral fertilizer once a month. In spring, plants are transplanted into a mixture of leaf, peat soil and sand (4: 1: 1). For the magnificent growth of the bush, you need to regularly cut off the tops of the shoots.
The white perone is propagated by cuttings from January to May at a temperature of 20 ° C. Cuttings are placed in a bottle of water or in wet sand. Rooted cuttings are transplanted into pots with prepared earthen mixture. January seedlings begin to bloom in August. In order to have flowering white peron in June, you need to cut the cuttings in August and leave already rooted plants for the winter.
In the room, the plant is placed in a bright place, best on a flower table. Pots can also be put in display cases next to objects of a not very bright color.
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