Plectrantus, or Mint - home care
Hello dear gardeners, gardeners and gardeners. There is very little work left in our gardens on the street. We occasionally make raids. And, in general, we are not doing any big work there. And, of course, we miss plants very much. Therefore, now I pay great attention to my indoor plants. For example, not so long ago I saw in a store a plant called plectrantus. A very interesting plant from the family Labiaceae. There are a lot of different species of this plant. Mostly they arrived in the European part to us on window sills from South Africa from the Limpopo river valley.
This plant is also sometimes called "indoor mint." Because if we pick a leaf, shake it a little in our hands like this, then we will really feel a very, very pleasant aroma, unusual. The plant can sometimes be used, for example, from insect bites. Here is also a little leaf shook, torn off, wrinkled and applied to the site of an insect bite, say, some mosquito.
The plant has properties such as, for example, repel moths and flies. So the same thing: someone suddenly has some flies even in room flowers, put this flower nearby, and the midges will fly apart. I do not recommend, of course, without the recommendation of a doctor to use this plant, but I want to immediately note that this plant is very good, for example, we help with a sore throat, eliminates a headache. It is used for children's enuresis, making baths. But, again, my dear, just buying a flower and making a bath for a child, please do not do this. Consult a doctor. If he appoints, then please, he will tell you and what proportions should be used.
Dear friends, you bought such a small plant here in such a small pot, brought it home and you must understand that this is only the container in which the plants came to us, as a rule, from abroad. It is clear that the pot is small, the plant is cramped.
For example, you went to a child’s store to buy fish. It is clear that you are not taking a large aquarium with you, and you will be poured water into a bag somewhere, thrown three fish there, and you will quickly go home. Similarly, with these plants.
Such a plant already requires a transplant. You will say: “How so? It is blooming. Is it possible to do a transplant now? ” Yes you can. Nothing wrong. Only we will not transplant, but transhipment. That is, we will place the plant in a large container and we will not touch the roots. We will not damage the root system. Moreover, the plant blooms. In general, in the future, know that it is best to deal with these operations somewhere from mid-April to mid-July. At the same time, it is good to engage in reproduction.
Plants love moisture. The soil should be somewhere of the order of ph = 6, the structure should be good, and contain organic matter, and peat, and humus, and sand. At least in the same proportions. He loves water. He does not like a very bright sun. Here, from the south side of the window will be tormented. It’s worth a bit to shade it. All. And the rest, if you do not forget about watering, it will grow so fast and so fast that you will not have time to cut it or form a crown for it.
Look here. Now I will get the plant out of the pot. Neatly like that on the bottom. See how? So I press the bottom of the finger. We got a plant. Here is a lump. Take a look. All braided by roots. And, of course, he is cramped. We will not commit anything terrible with him, if we carefully pull out the pot and take the clay pot. These plants love so that the air is in the root system, there is enough water. And all together would create very good air and moisture exchange.
So, at the bottom of the pot we will put moss. It is in quality and drainage, and maintaining increased humidity in the lower part of the pot. Here, using moss, sprinkle. Sphagnum moss. It is both loose and moisture-resistant. Here we pour it. After we poured, we compacted the moss a little and poured the earth there, as if we sprinkled the moss on top of the ground in this way. We seal. We put our plant. And we fill all the voids with a pretty little dugout, which really should consist of organics, and sand, and peat, and ordinary, maybe even garden soil.
My dears, the temperature for good development, good growth of this plant is enough if it is somewhere around 20-21 degrees. At night, let it drop a little. When propagating, the same thing. The temperature can be maintained at only 16 degrees.
It is very easy to cut due to the large number of leaves formed in the sinuses. Having cut a 4-5-centimeter petiole, it can be dipped into the water by a centimeter and rooted in water, or deepened by about 1-2 cm into the soil, the substrate of which should consist of sand and peat. Water carefully, do not fill. But do not let your plants dry. After drying, they simply do not recover. I wish you success and hope that such a flower will be an adornment not only of your home during the spring, summer and fall, but even for the New Year.
Nikolai Fursov. PhD in Agricultural Sciences