The plant ceropegia (Ceropegia) is a representative of the Lastovnev family (or Kutrovs). Natural places of its growth are the Asian and African tropics. This genus includes over 180 different species, which are succulents with long shoots. The name of ceropegia comes from the word "candlestick" and is associated with the unusual appearance of its flowers, reminiscent of a fancy flashlight.
Often, ceropegia is used as an ampelous plant. Thanks to this, the flower fits with the same success into any setting. Often this quality is used to give liveliness to the interior in the office, which is furnished in the style of functional minimalism, and in the composition with all kinds of indoor plants, ceropegia plays an important role.
Description of ceropegia
Ceropegia is a tropical perennial with fleshy stems that can be creeping, climbing, or erect. Small thickened leaves are located on them. In some species, leaves are almost completely absent, but such plants are not found in indoor floriculture. Most ceropegia have the properties of succulents, and their foliage and stems contain clear sap, which is considered poisonous. The rhizomes of ceropegia resemble tubers or are spindle-shaped, in which plants also store moisture.
Axillary flowers with a tubular corolla, expanding at the base, are located singly or form inflorescences, umbrellas or brushes. The petals of each flower grow together from above, giving it a very original shape. Such a structure contributes to the pollination of flowers - climbing into such a "candlestick", the pollinator fly is looking for a way out for a long time, simultaneously collecting the pollen in the flower. After some time, the hairs covering the exits are weakened, releasing the fly to freedom. After flowering, elongated leaflet fruits are tied on the shoots. The seeds can be used for propagation.
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Brief rules for growing ceropegia
The table shows brief rules for caring for ceropegia at home.
|Lighting level||The plant needs a lot of bright light, but in the summer, when the sun is most active, the bushes should be shaded slightly.|
|Content temperature||During active growth, ceropegia is grown in warmth (about 20-25 degrees), from autumn the temperature is slowly reduced, in winter it is brought to 14-16 degrees. The lower threshold is 11 degrees.|
|Watering mode||From spring to autumn, the plant is watered as the top layer of the soil dries up. In winter, when the ceropegia is cool, the number of watering is reduced, waiting a couple of days after the ground begins to dry out.|
|Air humidity||Ceropegia develops well at any humidity level.|
|The soil||For cultivation, you can use universal substrates for cacti.|
|Top dressing||Nutrients are added about 1-2 times a month from March to the end of summer. You can use mineral formulations for orchids or succulent species, reducing the recommended dosage by half.|
|Transfer||Small ceropegiae are transplanted into a new container every spring, adult plants are transplanted less often, only if necessary.|
|Bloom||With proper care and observance of all conditions for development, the bushes can bloom almost all year, but their appearance is rather plain.|
|Dormant period||The dormant period occurs in the winter, but manifests itself weakly.|
|Reproduction||Seeds, division of the bush, cuttings, sometimes air tubers.|
|Diseases||Diseases caused by mistakes in care, the development of rot.|
Home care for ceropegia
Ceropegia is a native of the tropics. In their homeland, vines live under the canopy of other trees, so they need abundant, but diffused lighting. All types of ceropegia prefer bright sun, but direct rays can only be tolerated in moderation. It is easiest to keep pots of these flowers on the west or east side of the house. On a southerly direction in the summer, it is recommended to shade them slightly after lunch. Lack of illumination has a bad effect on the decorativeness of the bushes - the foliage becomes smaller, and flowering may not occur, but an excess of light often leads to burns. If necessary, the plants can be supplemented with lamps.
The conditions for keeping ceropegia depend on the season. In summer, when the vine develops most actively, it needs warmth - at least 20-25 degrees. In autumn, the temperature begins to gradually decrease to about 16 degrees. Such conditions are conducive to immersion during a rest period. In winter, the flower is kept at 14-16 degrees, but the temperature should not drop below 11 degrees. A long stay in such conditions sometimes ends with the death of a heat-loving bush. The dormant period of a vine is expressed in a slowdown in the process of its growth. If you do not allow the ceropegia to rest in the cool, its shoots will begin to stretch out and weaken. Some climbing forms of the plant are able to tolerate warm wintering with sufficient light. Daily fluctuations in temperatures of ceropegia are not terrible.
During the period of intensive development, from spring to autumn, ceropegia is not watered too abundantly, focusing on the degree of drying out of the soil in the pot. If excess water remains in the pan, it must be drained. Since autumn, when the vine begins to prepare for the upcoming rest, the number of waterings is slowly reduced. In winter, plants are watered only a few days after the soil begins to dry out. But the complete drying of the soil coma should not be allowed. The root system of ceropegia may not tolerate such a drought.
Water for irrigation should be at room temperature, in addition, it is pre-filtered or defended.
Ceropegia will not need spraying, air humidity does not play a special role. You can only periodically wash or wipe the leaves of the plant for hygienic purposes, removing dust from them.
As a soil for growing ceropegia, you can use universal substrates for cacti. If you prepare the soil yourself, you can mix sand with humus, turf and leafy soil. It is recommended to add a pinch of charcoal to any mixture for planting.
Small ceropegia do not fertilize, at this stage of development the bushes will have enough nutrients contained in the soil. Older plants are fertilized 1-2 times a month using a half dose of mineral formulations for orchids or succulent plants. Such feeding is carried out from April to October, stopping for a dormant period.
Only young ceropegia need regular transplants. They are transplanted every spring, changing the pot to a more spacious one. Mature plants need to be replanted only after they no longer fit in the old pot. They are transferred to a new place, being transferred along with the soil clod. At the same time, the old soil from the roots can be shaken off slightly.
Ceropegia grows best in short, wide pots. At the bottom of such a container, drainage must be laid, its thickness can reach 1/4 of the volume of the pot. The bush is transferred to a new pot and all voids are filled with fresh earth.
Ceropegia does not need pruning of stems, the formation will not make its bushes much more luxuriant. Long shoots are allowed to hang freely, using the plant as an ampelous one, or they are fixed on curly supports, which are installed in a pot during transplantation. Due to the fragility of the shoots, they need to be handled with care. Only too elongated or damaged stems should be removed from the bush. Sanitary pruning is done in the spring or as needed.
Once every few years, as the decorative effect of the bush is lost and its stems are exposed, the ceropegia is renewed, replacing it with a plant obtained from a cut or cut.
I cross the indoor flower Ceropegia Woodii and propagate it by stem cuttings in water
Ceropegia can flower all year round, and shrubs usually do not have flowering problems. But the appearance of inflorescences of many species is not too decorative: such plants are kept at home because of their beautiful leaves. If flowers are not needed, they can simply be removed.
Reproduction of ceropegia
Ceropegia can be propagated by seeds, as well as cuttings, root division and air nodules that form in some of its species.
Growing from seeds
If it was possible to collect seeds from ceropegia, they are washed in hot (about 55 degrees) water in advance and kept in a solution of potassium permanganate for a couple of hours. For sowing, a container with a light substrate is prepared, the seeds are spread on its surface and sprinkled a little. From above, the container is closed with a film or glass and put in heat (about +23). Before sprouts appear, care must be taken to ensure that the soil in the container does not dry out.
Seedlings usually appear quickly - within a couple of weeks. When a pair of leaves is formed on the seedlings, the shelter is removed. Grown up ceropegia dive in separate pots. Caring for such seedlings will not differ from caring for adult specimens.
Cuttings of Voodoo ceropegia were rooted in water for a week and planted in cups with soil.
Cuttings are harvested in early spring, after the resumption of active development of the bush. The required number of stems is cut from it, the slices are allowed to dry, and then they are planted in pots with a diameter of about 7 cm, 2-3 pieces each. The seedlings are watered as needed, kept in a sufficiently cool (about 18-20 degrees) place and try to provide them with diffused lighting without hitting the direct scorching sun.
Cuttings can also be germinated in a glass of water, but this method is only suitable for species with thin foliage. Stems with fleshy leaves often rot under such conditions.
Reproduction by air tubers
Some species (for example, Wood's ceropegia) can multiply with air tubers. For this, parts of the stem on which they are located are cut into cuttings. Each such cut should include at least 2 leaves and tubers. For rooting, they are planted in sand, and after the formation of roots, they are seated in pots. To obtain a more lush bush, several such cuttings are planted in each pot.
You can divide an adult ceropegia bush during transplantation. Having pulled the plant out of the pot, it is divided into several equal parts, and then the divisions are planted in their own pots. Each part must have a sufficient number of roots and shoots. It is recommended to process the sections with crushed coal.
Interestingly, the tubers of ceropegia can be used as a rootstock for grafting representatives of the same family.
Pests and diseases of ceropegia
Fungal diseases can affect ceropegia, often the plant begins to suffer due to the development of rot, which appears due to improper care. Typically, such problems are caused by excessive watering, leading to stagnation of moisture in the soil. A decaying plant will become more sluggish and its stems will begin to fade. If ceropegia begins to rot, it is taken out of the pot and its roots are carefully examined. All affected areas must be removed to healthy tissue. After pruning, the root system is kept in a fungicide solution for half an hour. After the roots have dried, the bush is transplanted into fresh soil.
Too bright sun can leave traces of burns on the leaves of ceropegia, and the plates themselves become reddish. But you should not completely deprive the plant of light. Lack of lighting will lead to excessive stretching of the shoots and a decrease in the already small foliage. Sometimes the leaves can become shallow due to a lack of nutrients in the soil. Slowdown in growth and thinning of leaf plates indicates dryness of the soil.
Yellowing and dropping of leaves can be caused by excessive moisture in the substrate, as well as insufficiently high temperature for the current season. Flowering problems are most often observed due to lack of light. For the same reason, the leaves can begin to curl and lose their brightness.
Various flower pests can settle on ceropegia, for example, aphids, spider mites or mealybugs. These insects feed on the sap of the bush, leading to its weakening and deformation of leaves and shoots. In addition to this harm, they can bring various infections to flowers, including causative agents of incurable viral diseases.
A small number of pests can be eliminated by flushing the foliage of the ceropegia under running warm water. For this, the soil in the pot is pre-covered with cellophane. If the insects have managed to multiply significantly, the plant is transferred to the street and treated with an appropriate insecticide or acaricide.
Types of ceropegia with photos and names
Although the genus Ceropegia includes many different species, only five are usually found in home floriculture.
Ceropegia Wood (Ceropegia woodii)
The most common type. Ceropegia woodii has a gray tuberous root and purple shoots. Leaves can be of various shapes. The length of the plates is about 2 cm, and the width reaches 1.5 cm. From the outside, the leaves are painted in a dark green color and supplemented with light marble stains, and from the inside they can be greenish or have a purple tint. During the period of active development, in the nodes on the stems of this type, airy tubers of light yellow color are formed. If there is enough humid air in the room, they begin to form roots, so such tubers are often used to propagate a bush.
The flowers appear in the leaf axils, they have a flesh-colored corolla and burgundy-brown petals with light pubescence on the inside. With proper care, flowering lasts most of the year.
The species also has a variegated shape, light patterns on its leaves have a pinkish tint.
African Ceropegia (Ceropegia africana)
A species that forms fleshy stalks. The creeping shoots of Ceropegia africana have fine, thick foliage that is smooth to the touch. The shape of the leaf plates is ovoid or linear. Small flowers are deep purple or greenish in color. Their petals are closed by tops. The length of the corolla tube is about 2 cm.
Perennial with a rounded rhizome in the form of a tuber. Ceropegia barklyi has fleshy, bare or slightly pubescent shoots. The leaf blades are attached to small petioles and have a greenish color with white veins. The length of each leaf is from 2.5 to 5 cm. The flowers are collected in umbrella-shaped inflorescences. The size of each flower reaches 5 cm in length, they are green on the outside, and purple on the inside. The petals covered with villi have a triangle-shaped base, and sharpen towards the top.
The species has graceful creeping shoots. Ceropegia sandersonii forms fleshy leaves up to 5 cm long and up to 4 cm wide. They have a heart-shaped base and are pointed towards the apex. On the wrong side of the sheet, the central vein is especially prominent. The inflorescences include a small number of flowers. The length of the corolla reaches 7 cm; it has a green color, lightening towards the pharynx area. At the base, the tube swells slightly, and from above it expands into a kind of funnel. There are 5 awl-shaped petals, which are connected to an unusual canopy in the form of a parachute. Light hairs are attached along the edges of the petals.
Stapeliiformis ceropegia (Ceropegia stapeliiformis)
A plant with thick (up to 2 cm) creeping stems. Closer to the roots, they are rounded, but as they grow, they acquire three noticeable ribs. Ceropegia stapeliiformis has a whorl of three leaves and two stipules at each node of the stem. The tops of the shoots form thin foliage and can trail along the support. During the flowering period, the bush forms inflorescences of several flowers.The length of their rim is about 6 cm; at the base, the tube swells and then expands with a funnel. It contains curved petals that do not fuse, but form a semblance of a crown with 5 teeth. On the outside, they are supplemented with dark spots, and on the inside they have a light color.
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• in rooms on light windows or as an ampelous plant
• in general premises
• in winter gardens, greenhouses
once every 2-3 years in shallow wide pots or hanging planters
sod land: leaf land: coarse sand (1: 1: 1) with the addition of fine expanded clay
• does not like excessive watering
• creeping shoots root easily in neighboring pots
• practically not affected by diseases and pests
periodically you have to trim shoots, as it grows quickly (in good conditions, 1.5-2 meters over the summer)
bright diffused light, without direct sunlight
complex mineral fertilizer for succulents or cacti every 2 weeks
during the period of rest they do not feed
• rooting stem cuttings
• rooting of air nodules
needs suspension or support
leaves dark or light green above, with a light silvery pattern, below reddish-purple, rounded, kidney-shaped, located on the shoot in pairs
The corolla tube expanded in a barrel at the base passes into 5 thin tips, which grow together at the top, forming a kind of small umbrella
flowers are small, axillary, up to 2 cm long, tubular, pink-purple with a dark purple limb
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Latin name: Coelogune. About 200 species are known. The homeland is the southern slopes of the Himalayas. Most often found in the culture of C. Comb. Bulbs are ovate or round-tetrahedral, twisted on a short rhizome, bear 1-2 sessile leaves. Elegant white flowers with yellow longitudinal outgrowths at the base. Blooms during the dormant period - in January-March.
Location: partial shade or bright diffused light. Species growing in mountainous regions need warm and humid conditions during growth and cooler ones during dormancy. The plant is kept at a temperature of 20C throughout the year.
Watering: during the growth period, the soil should be constantly slightly moist, during the rest period, watering is reduced.
Top dressing: during the growth period, flower fertilizers are applied every three weeks at a concentration that is half that recommended in the instructions.
Transplant: possible only at the beginning of the growth period. Use an orchid substrate. Celogyne is an epiphyte, so it can be grown not only in a pot, but also in a basket.
Possible difficulties: affected by spider mites.
Reproduction: by dividing the plant.
Tip: Please note that the plant is sensitive to transplanting. Don't overuse it. Plant the flower immediately in a permanent location.
Genus Ceropegia (Ceropegia) has 217 plant species, belongs to the Kutrovy family (Apocynaceae), previously belonged to the Lastovnevy family (Asclepiaceae)... The range of these plants extends in Africa, South Asia, Australia and Oceania.
The genus name is given from Greek words keros (wax) and pege (fountain) indicates abundant flowering.
These are perennial herbaceous plants, erect or curly, containing transparent or cloudy, less often milky milky sap. The underground part of plants is an accumulation of spindle-shaped roots or a hemispherical tuber, sometimes a rhizome, less often it is a fibrous root system. Stems are herbaceous to very fleshy. Inflorescences are axillary, less often terminal, usually umbellate, less often racemose, sometimes branched. The flowers are usually large. The calyx is deeply 5-partite, with many small basal glands. Corolla tubular, swollen at the base, often asymmetric; at the top, the funnel-shaped lobes are usually thin and fused at the apex. The corolla is double, the outer 5 petals are two-lobed, joined in a cup, so that the outer corolla has 10 teeth; the inner corolla consists of 5 lobes, from subulate to narrow-blade lobes, extending to the anthers at the base, with a long upper part. Fruits are linear, fusiform or cylindrical pods.
Ceropegia Wood (Ceropegia woodii) synonym for Ceropegia linear subspecies Wood (Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii) - comes from South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Grows in well-drained soil with little moisture.
The species is named after John Medley Wood (1827-1915), who collected native African plants after retiring from the East India Trading Company.
Evergreen succulent hanging vine up to 2-5 cm in height and 2-4 m in length, with very thin shoots. Leaves are opposite, cordate, about 1–2 cm long and wide, silvery-green marbled above and green to purple below. With sufficient light, they acquire a dark green color, with insufficient light, they become pale green. With age, a woody caudex develops at the base. On the roots, and sometimes in the nodes of the stems, tuberous thickenings are formed at regular intervals, which can be used for plant propagation. The flower shape is generally similar to other types of ceropegia. The flowers are waxy, narrow, swollen at the base, 2.5-3 cm long, mixed cream and pale purple in color. Five petals are connected at the ends, resembling small inverted vases in shape. The flowers are waxy, lined with fine hairs inside. Blooms profusely in late summer and autumn, sporadically in winter. Fruits are horn-shaped, containing seeds with "parachutes".
Ceropegia of Sanderson (Ceropegia sandersonii) - originally from the southeast and south of South Africa (Transvaal-Natal), Swaziland and the coastal zone of Mozambique.
One of the most peculiar types of ceropegia with spotted cornucopia-like green flowers about 7 cm long, the petals of which are connected by tips, forming an umbrella with a fringe over the stamens and pistil, all in wonderful green and yellow specks. Most likely, this species has the largest flowers among the ceropegia.
This is a climbing plant, in nature, on a support, reaching a height of 2-4 m. It has a bunch of fleshy narrow fusiform tuberous thickened roots. The stem is fleshy, slightly warty, perennial, mostly leafless, about 5 mm thick. Leaves are simple, fleshy, 2-5 cm long and 1.2-2.5 cm wide, ovoid or heart-shaped, green, on petioles up to 6 mm long. Flowers are arranged in 2-4 on pedicels up to 1 cm long, pale green with darker vertical stripes and mottled green or purple-burgundy at the top of the plant. The tube is creamy, striped. Corolla 4-8 cm long and 2.5-5 cm wide, with a slightly swollen base and a bell-shaped extension at the top, where 5 petals converge, forming a dome, bordered by silky white or purple hairs. The holes between the petals are also called windows, hence the common name Window Flower. The flower serves as a trap for flies that descend into the corolla tube. Small hairs directed downward prevent the insect from getting out. The insect is selected only after pollination, when the flower drops and the hairs weaken. Blooming is observed in summer and autumn.
African ceropegia (Ceropegia africana) - originally from South Africa (Cape Province, Natal).
A perennial herb with an underground flattened tuber. Stems 10-100 (or more) cm long, 1-2 mm in diameter, slightly curly, glabrous, mostly annual, sometimes with swollen nodes. Leaves on petioles 2-5 mm long, fleshy, glabrous, from ovate to linear-lanceolate, 2-2.5 cm long and 10-12 mm wide, sharp at the apex, rounded at the base, sometimes wavy, green or with silvery markings ... Inflorescences - 2-3-flowered brushes. Flowers with a double corolla. Inner corolla 20-25 mm long, with a straight or slightly curved, spherical swollen tube and funnel-shaped limb, greenish, with purple-brown stripes at the top. Corolla lobes 6-10 mm long, fused at the apex at the cusp, glabrous outside, ciliate along the edges, with dark purple hairs. The outer rim is cupped, with 5 tridentate erect lobes up to 0.5 cm long. Flowers usually appear in summer.
Ceropegia africanasubsp. barklyi, previously considered an independent species - Ceropegia Barkley (Ceropegia barklyi) - originally from the east of the Cape Province of South Africa.
A charming climbing plant of a smaller size with a swollen underground tuber, similar to the common African Ceropegia, but with elongated corolla lobes, 2.5-5 cm long, which are equal in length to the flower tube. Corolla lobes are gracefully connected at the apex, covered with dark hairs. The leaves are often with beautiful silvery markings, and the green background of the leaves turns pink-purple when exposed to bright light.
Ceropegia Armand (Ceropegia armandii) - grows in the forests on the sands in the area of the city of Tuliara in Madagascar. Prized by collectors of curiosities.
The name of the plant was given by Rauch in 1963 in honor of Armand Rakotosafi, a Madagascar teacher and co-author of this taxon.
A succulent-like succulent with a small (up to 2 cm) tuber. Stems are thin, 10-30 cm long, 2-3 cm thick, creeping, rooting below, gray with bronze specks, tetrahedral, with opposite criss-crossing conical tubercles, at the ends of each of which there is an early falling scaly leaf 5-10 mm long and 2 -4 mm wide. The flower has a short swollen corolla-tube up to 5 mm long, with a narrow neck and 5 linear lobes 1-1.2 cm high, fused at the top, of a pale green color, with darker vertical veins, with dark purple spots at the base.
Cerepegia forked (Ceropegia dichotoma) - endemic to the Canary Islands. It grows in conditions of prolonged drought.
Succulent shrub, which at first is a fleshy stick, later giving a group of branched stems. The stems are very juicy, smooth, with small constrictions, which make them look like a row of small long sausages, 30-120 cm tall (but usually no higher than 60 cm), with practically no leaves for most of the year. Stems are generally erect, partially drooping or recumbent, olive green or grayish due to the waxy coat. Leaves are sessile, linear-elliptical, 0.2-12 cm long and 3-8 mm wide, slightly fleshy, green, with lighter veins, appear in winter at each node and at the tip of the stem and have an average length of about 5 cm, opposite , fade quickly with a lack of moisture. The inflorescence is apical (sometimes axillary) and almost sessile pseudo-umbrellas on the upper part of the stem, from 1-15 (usually 2-6) flowers. Flowers 3-4 cm long, with 5 yellow, narrow-triangular, fused petals, closed from above and forming a "flashlight" conical or ovoid. The flowers are characteristically bent outward. It blooms in autumn and winter.
Stapelliform ceropegia (Ceropegia stapeliiformis) - originally from the Cape province of South Africa and Swaziland. Grows under bushes.
The stems of the plant are very similar to the stems of the stocks, but grow much more slowly.
Undersized succulent, creeping, leaning or occasionally curling. It either has thin, curly stems over 1 m long, especially when grown in a greenhouse, or short, knobby stems about 20 cm long, crawling along the surface or burrowing into the ground. Stems are very juicy, with a transparent milky juice, round, glabrous, dark green, often striped or with reddish-brown spots, with protruding tubercles. Creeping stems can give their fibrous roots, leaving old parts of the plant to die. The leaves are rudimentary and short-lived, only at the tops, they are small, triangular or heart-shaped scales with two strong stipules. The flowers are 5-7 cm long, extending 1-2 (sometimes more) from the thin tapering ends of the shoots. Corolla with an ovoid base, 6-7 mm wide and 5 narrow, wide-triangular lobes, 2-4 cm long, free, not fused at the ends, dark purple or brownish on the outside, white and pubescent on the inside, curved back.The tube is funnel-shaped, 3 mm in diameter, curved, swollen at the bottom and narrowed just above the base, greenish-white, with many dull purple spots. The lobes of the outer corolla are short, erect or slightly open, notched, the inner ones are elongated, erect, filiform. The buds are very reminiscent of lanterns. It blooms from spring to early summer, when the stems reach a length of about 60 cm.The flowers stay on the plant for only a few days.
I was presented with a ceropegia, the length of the shoots is about 2 meters. Can you cut it, or just "wrap" it around something and let it hang out of the pot?
Ceropegia (Ceropegia) is a genus of succulent plants of the Grimaceae family with fleshy leaves and tuberous rhizomes, growing in South Africa (Cape Province), Australia and Asia. Of the many species (more than 150) of this genus, as an indoor ampelous plant, it is most often grown Wood's ceropegia (C. woodii) with very thin, long (up to 2.5 meters) graceful stems. Along the entire length of the stems of the ceropegia, at some distance from each other, there are charming small leaves of a cordate-rounded shape, silvery-variegated above on a dark green background, reddish-purple below. Small pink-purple tubular (tube up to 2.5 cm long) flowers of Wood's ceropegia, hairy inside - are more interesting than beautiful. Indian culture is rare in culture. ceropegia graceful (C. elegans) with purple flowers and African excellent ceropegia (C. distincta) with creamy white flowers.
Ceropegia is an unpretentious plant that loves a bright sunny location in an extreme case, partial shade is suitable. The shoots of ceropegia look great in front of the window, hanging freely from several hanging pots located nearby, forming a transparent decorative "green curtain".
In summer, the optimum temperature for keeping is 20-22 degrees, in winter, ceropegia is kept cool with a temperature of about 16-18 degrees, but not lower than 12 degrees.
Ceropegia is watered in moderation, maintaining light soil moisture in winter, rarely watered.
In spring and summer, ceropegia is fed once a month, applying fertilizer of low concentration to the substrate.
An adult ceropegia is transplanted in the spring as needed, usually every 2-3 years young plants are transferred annually. For growing ceropegia, a universal land with the addition of sand or an earthen mixture of turf, leafy soil (or peat) and coarse river sand in equal proportions is suitable.
Ceropegia is propagated by seeds, cuttings and tubers. Too long shoots of ceropegia can be cut (in spring or summer) in the right place and cut off cut shoots can be divided into cuttings. Sections of cuttings are slightly dried before planting for rooting in sandy soil; lower soil heating accelerates rooting of cuttings.
In summer, round nodules form in the axils of the leaves of ceropegia, which easily form roots when in contact with the ground.
Pests on ceropegia are rare.
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