Zamioculcas care at home


  • Care after purchase
  • Basic care
  • Reproduction
  • Dangers

All lovers of indoor flower in varying degrees, influenced by fashion. Here it was fashionable to decorate the window sills blooming geraniums, because almost every home be sure to present this symbol of home comfort. The fashion for exotic orchids, and almost all growers have begun to grow them. And as soon as it became fashionable to keep the house a magnificent Zamioculcas so immediately and it appeared demand. And demand, as we know, breeds supply. Today, therefore, to buy this wonderful houseplant can be in many flower shops. Yes, and look after him very easy.

It often happens that even proper care does not save from destruction just purchased Zamioculcas. At home, the flower begins to ache, his gorgeous green fades and the leaves wither. Why is this happening? What care is needed this unpretentious flower? How often it needs to be watered and fed? What mistakes do beginners florist? Let's try to understand.

 Zamioculcas Care

Care after purchase

The most important thing - it is the right care for the flower immediately after purchase. Of course you know that all the greenhouse flowers are grown for sale, stimulants and are processed in the special conditions. Yes, and the soil in the pot with the purchased plants are not suitable for its permanent cultivation. Therefore Zamioculcas after purchase is required to replant. But first you must give the plant the ability to adapt in the home. The period of adaptation to the new situation lasts about three weeks.

After this time the plants are transplanted to a permanent pot. It is best to choose for this flower clay or plastic pot. It should not be very deep, but wide enough - from a narrow high flower pot will be difficult to remove in the next transplant. It is also necessary to prepare the expanded clay drainage, which is made of clay and is highly hygroscopic. It can also be purchased at a flower shop.

Drainage is placed on the bottom of the pot and poured a layer of sand about a quarter of the dishes. Pour a layer of sand on top Peat mixture (any universal, but loose soil). Zamioculcas then removed from the old dishes, along with a clod of earth, placed it in a new pot and covered with soil voids between the clod of earth and the walls of the pot. New soil is compacted and moisturize. After transplantation Zamioculcas needs routine care.

 Zamioculcas Care

Basic care

Zamioculcas is considered to be a very undemanding plant that feels perfectly at home. It is easy going through a drought emergency, it does not react badly to changes in temperature, not afraid of direct sunlight and can easily tolerate shading. It is not necessary for spraying the plant. However, it is not necessary to subject the plant stress - care must be literate, and a place to put a flower comfortable.

The best place to be Zamioculcas sills southern windows. However, on the other windows it will feel quite comfortable. Only the flower growing on the north window sill, a more moderate watering, and leaves him to be a little smaller. In the summer, the flower feels great outdoors. Therefore, during the warmer months it can be taken on the balcony, patio or garden.

Watering Zamioculcas is necessary as the soil dries. It is important to remember that the lack of moisture the plant carries a lot easier than the excess watering and standing water in the pan. This fact is explained by the bulbous shape of the roots Zamioculcas that moisture can accumulate for future use. But too frequent and abundant watering can cause root rot. Therefore, you need to be watered flower moderately but regularly. And in the summer watering should be more frequent than in the cold season. In winter Zamioculcas generally recommend watering is very rare.

The spraying Zamioculcas, as we have said, does not need. However, this procedure is unnecessary for it will not. So you can from time to time moisten the leaves and the air around the flower. Given that the leaves of this plant are large enough, they have to be periodically cleaned from dust. And further. Do not spray the plants if it exposed to direct sunlight - lens effect will cause burns the leaves.

Zamioculcas fed complex fertilizers for indoor plants, hoping to dose and frequency of dressings in accordance with the instructions to the drug. Suitable Zamioculcas and fertilizer intended for cacti and succulents. Fertilize flower only in the period of growth since the mid-spring to early autumn. In a period of rest to feed it is not recommended.

 Zamioculcas how to care


Reproduction Zamioculcas home is feasible, although it is considered a difficult task. Reproduction of this flower can be done in several ways: by cuttings, dividing rhizomes or leaf. The most convenient way to divide the bush during the next transplant. However, you have to be prepared for the fact that the Zamioculcas painfully react to this procedure. So, if you decided to divide the bush, during the transplant should be the most clean roots from the ground and try to separate them by hand. If this does not work, then the roots are cut with a sharp knife.

You can divide itself tuber, cut it into several parts, each of which must be preserved eye - point of the growth of new shoots. Places slices necessarily dried and sprinkled with powdered charcoal. Every new part transplanted into a separate pot diameter should slightly exceed the size of nodule. Watering and basic care recommended in this method of reproduction common, as well as for adult plants. Only here fertilize divided Zamioculcas first time should not be.

Propagation by cuttings and leaves is considered a more gentle way, and is more commonly used in the home. Cut the leaves or cuttings rooted in Peat mixture of equal parts sand and peat. They are simply stuck into the soil gently, lightly compacted soil and covered with glass or plastic (transparent!) Capacity. One can only periodically watered seedlings and wait for the emergence of new shoots. However, you will have to wait a long time. Zamioculcas is a very slow-growing indoor plants, so the rooting of cuttings and leaves happening for a long time. It is possible that you have to wait a few months or even a year.


Overall Zamioculcas unpretentious. Although moody green pet it can not be called, it can react badly to improper care. The main danger - the excess moisture. Too frequent and abundant watering provoke root rot and death of the plant. Therefore, the main condition for irrigation - Nedolya better than to pour.

Dislikes Zamioculcas and sudden changes in temperature, as well as strong drafts. Of course, this plant does not die, but decorative lose - on the leaves may appear dark spots. With a lack of light shoots Zamioculcas stretched and thinned. Long presence of the flower exposed to direct sunlight can cause burns on the leaves. In heavy clay soil flower can freeze and stop growing altogether.

In short, try to care for their green pets, to maintain comfortable conditions for the plant (heat and bright ambient light) and provide him with timely moderate watering. From time to time the flower spray and wipe the dust from the leaves, and during the growing season fertilize it. This will be enough to at home Zamioculcas felt good and delight you with its magnificent greens. Good luck!

 Great Zamioculcas - care at home

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 Kalanchoe pinnate


  • Care and cultivation at home
  • When you need a transplant
  • Medicinal Properties

On the windowsill of city apartments often seen flower kalanchoe. Species of plants quite a lot, but today we will talk only about one of them. The fact that combines quality and green healer, and just a beautiful flower. This plant is called Kalanchoe pinnate.

What is this flower is? Small shrub with light green fleshy oval leaves. The upper leaves have a recess in which the kids are growing and developing. Over time, they fall into the ground and take root, resulting in growing new, young plant.

 Kalanchoe pinnate tips

Care and cultivation at home

If you want to grow Kalanchoe pinnate, without waiting for its natural breeding, proceed as follows:

  • Place a sheet of Kalanchoe on the ground, with its lower side should be at the top;
  • Now sprinkle the edges with wet sand - a layer of about two centimeters;
  • Well tamp the sand with a spatula and moisturize regularly;
  • Soon there will be shoots. Once they reach a height of 10-15 cm, are seated the young plants on individual pots.

For Kalanchoe can either buy a ready substrate for succulents or make your own soil. To do this, make a mixture of river sand, leaf soil and compost in equal proportions. It is also desirable to add a brick crumb and a little birch coals. This will help to maintain moderate soil moisture around the pot.

Be sure to put on the bottom of the pot drainage (concrete block). Choosing pot better to give preference to small containers with legs, which provide a gap between the bottom and the pallet. This will prevent the plant from excess moisture and standing water in the pan.

Unlike other succulents, Kalanchoe pinnate enjoys abundant watering. But this is only the warm season. In winter, reduce water treatment in order to prevent root rot. It is desirable to watering to make sure that the soil is really dry. Kalanchoe - sun-flower. He is not afraid of direct sunlight, so the choice of the compass is not so basic.

Kalanchoe pinnate quite demanding care. All you need to do - it regularly watered periodically loosened soil. Once a month you can spend feeding, choosing nitrogen or other liquid fertilizer for cacti. The optimum temperature for plant growth - 16-22 degrees. When dropping below 10 degrees flower may die. Besides, he does not like sudden changes in temperature, and heat transfers much easier than cold.

When you need a transplant?

The signal for the transplant is completely filled with the root system of the pot. Before transplanting Kalanchoe abundantly watered and allowed to drain excess water. Then invert the pot and gently pull out the plant, along with the ground. To procedure was easier, you can knock on the little pot.

By this time it must be prepared with the drainage container and the ground (soil layer should not be more than 5 centimeters). The plant was transferred to a new place of residence, and sprinkled the ground to the desired level. To tamp the ground, periodically tapping the pot on the floor. After the procedure, flower abundantly watered. Further conditions remain the same.

 Kalanchoe pinnate properties

Medicinal Properties

Leaves of plants possess anti-inflammatory and bactericidal action due to the presence in them of polysaccharides, enzymes and other nutrients. Kalanchoe is used as a healing agent for ulcers and wounds. He copes with healing rotting and decaying tissue.

Of Kalanchoe home cooked several drugs: juice, cream, extract.

Juice Kalanchoe

It is used to treat a variety of non-healing wounds, including venous ulcers, pressure sores, burns, scars from surgery, oral mucosa, diseases of eyelids. For women it helps with tears after childbirth, with cervical erosion, cracked nipples. Apply the juice of Kalanchoe externally - as a compress. Or internal - in the form of conventional rinsing.

Sometimes juice may be applied in pure form simply by dripping it on the affected area. The duration of treatment depends on the extent of skin lesions. You can use the juice as a prevention of colds in the winter. For this purpose it is dropped into each nostril 1-2 drops. The procedure was repeated in the morning and evening. This recipe will help get rid of a cold.

Collect the juice is better from August to November, when the stem and leaves accumulate the maximum amount of nutrients. To get the cleanest and most useful juice, proceed as follows:

  • Cut the part of the plant near the roots, wash and dry with paper towels;
  • Thus prepared sheet wrapped in natural cloth and put in the refrigerator for about a week;
  • It is believed that this method allows to synthesize a substance in Kalanchoe - biostimulants, which activate all the medicinal properties of plants;
  • The sheet is then cut into fine pieces and mashed;
  • The resulting slurry was drained using cheesecloth, folded in several layers;
  • Juice insist in the refrigerator for three days, and again filtered through a cloth;
  • Now it can be used for medicinal purposes, but more than a week to keep the juice can not be;
  • For preservation, mix it with rubbing alcohol in a proportion such that the finished fort mixture was 20%;
  • Canned juice can be stored in the refrigerator for one year. Before use, it must be heated to body temperature.

From the juice of Kalanchoe can cook tincture to help varicose veins:

  • Leaves of plants pulverized and filled into a glass container either half;
  • Pour vodka leaves (the capacity to fill to the brim) and put in a dark place for seven days;
  • Every two days tincture shaken;
  • The passage of time the drug is filtered through a thick cloth and used for rubbing the legs (from the foot to the top);
  • Store the tincture in the fridge.

Ointment kalanchoe

Used for healing wounds of different origin. There are two ways to prepare an ointment.

  • Petrolatum

You will need: the juice of Kalanchoe - 30 grams of Vaseline medical - 50 grams anhydrous lanolin (found in pharmacies) - 50 grams. Mix juice with lanolin, and heated in a water bath in an enamel pot. Then in a preheated but not boil mixture was added petroleum jelly and mixed well until homogenous. While the cream while hot, it is poured into small glass jars previously disinfected them with alcohol. Store in the refrigerator. The drug may be an allergen, so people prone to allergic reactions, it must be used with great caution.

  • Based lard

The melted pork fat (visceral) and juice Kalanchoe mixed in a ratio of 1: 1. Then the melted mass in a water bath for 40-45 minutes, stirring constantly. It is important that the ointment is not boiled. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse in a warm place for about a day. Heating procedure is repeated three times. The finished product is stored in a refrigerator. This ointment does not cause any allergic reactions.

Extract kalanchoe

Grind the leaves of Kalanchoe and cover with water in a ratio of 1: 5. Evaporated on a water bath for 15-20 minutes, there will be half volume. The resulting extract was cooled and stored in a refrigerator. Used for the treatment and prevention of gum disease, as well as for the treatment of fistulas, wounds.

It is believed that regular consumption of leaves of Kalanchoe can significantly strengthen the body and stimulate the immune system. You can add fresh leaves in a salad or just eat with vegetable oil and lemon juice. Obviously, all the healing properties of this plant have not been studied and certainly not end with this article.

 Kalanchoe pinnate: cultivation, care, medicinal properties

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