Rheo is an effective indoor plant from the comelin family, akin to such popular and unpretentious flora as Zebrina, Tradescantia, and fragrant calligraphy. Homeland is South and Central America. There the plant lives on the forest edges of moist tropical forests, rocky places, banks of rivers. This means that rhe is completely unpretentious in care.
As for the appearance, this plant has beautiful multicolored dense and xiphoid leaves: on top they are green, and below - purple-violet. Their length reaches 30 cm, and they grow straight from a short and fleshy trunk. Certain varieties of rheo have longitudinal strips of light color, which are on the upper side of the sheet.
To multi-colored leaves formed a lush cap, several plants are often planted in one wide pot. To achieve greater bushiness, the top of the main shoot is plucked and lateral shoots appear after a certain time.
In indoor floriculture, the following types of rheo are mainly used:
- Reo discolor 'Vittata'- long yellow stripes are present on the leaves.
- Reo discolor 'Compacta'-a variety characterized by short stature, light bushiness and violet-green leaves.
- Reo discolor 'Stripe in Pink' is a dwarfish form that features striped leaves, pink stripes on a silvery background, and a pink and purple reverse side of the leaf.
Reo usually blooms in summer, but this can happen in other seasons if the plant has enough light. Inflorescences differ original form - a pair of convex bracts, which densely converge with each other and overlap. They are somewhat like a small boat or a shellfish. Perhaps this is why Rheo is also called the "Rook of Moses".Between bracts small flowers of white are visible. Inflorescences appear directly at the trunk.
Care for rhe
Significant problems of growing at home are not characteristic of rheo. It does not require special care, it is completely unpretentious and perfectly suited for landscaping not only of residential premises, but also of office.
Reo should be placed in a well-lit place, and in summer removed from direct sunlight. In the hot season, the eastern and western windows will fit, and in the winter - the southern ones. The plant will stretch if the lighting is poor. In addition, variegated forms will lose their color.
In the summer - 20-24 degrees, and in winter - no lower than 16. For reo undesirable sharp temperature drop and draft.
In summer and spring, rheo should be watered abundantly so that the soil is moist, but the water does not stagnate in the pot. In winter, watering should be cut at times. For watering, soft and well-kept water is suitable.
Reo: air humidity
Reo feels well in a humid environment, but is not very demanding in this regard. Periodically, you can spray the leaves with water at room temperature.
Reo: fertilizing with
Reo needs to be fed in the summer once every 14 days. For this, a complex mineral fertilizer is used, which is intended especially for ornamental-deciduous plants. In the autumn, cut down feeding, and in the winter from this part of the care refuse at all.
Reo needs to be transplanted every spring. A pot for this purpose choose a wider one than a deep one, since the root system of this representative of the world of the flora grows not in depth, but in breadth. At the bottom of the pot must be present drainage layer, so as not to form stagnant water. The plant simply does not transfer it.
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