Rowley's godson - a live pearl string native to Africa
An amazing houseplant resembling a scattering of green beads can be the main decoration of any home. Rowley - the most spectacular representative of the genus of godchildren, numbering more than 2000 species.
The flower has taken root at home, caring for it does not take much effort, does not require special skills, which is why it won the hearts of exotic lovers.
Brief Description of Pearl String
The godson of Rowley (Senecio Rowleyanus) is a succulent. His homeland - mountainous regions of the African continent. The climate in these places varies from arid to tropical humid, which gave rise to an unusual leaf shape. They resemble round green beads, are able to be saturated with moisture and keep it in themselves during a drought.
Externally, the leaves of the cross are similar to the fruits of gooseberries. They are attached to the shoot with a small petiole, reaching a length of 1-1.5 cm. As the number of leaves grows, the Roughley godson becomes like a strange pearl thread, for which he received his second name.
The flowers of the plant are small, white, reminiscent of dandelion, have a faint aroma of cinnamon. Due to its unusual appearance, the plant looks good in a cache-pot, from which shoots with round leaves hang.
Interesting! There are subspecies of the Rowley godson, characterized by bright stripes, spots on the leaves. Unusual color gives the plant an additional decorative effect.
Depending on the time of year, care at home for the Rowley's godson is different. The intensity of watering, the duration of daylight hours.
African succulent will feel good on any windows except the north: from a lack of light, the distance between the leaves increases, the shoots are stretched, due to which the flower loses its decorative properties. Being on the south side, the succulent receives a sufficient amount of light, however, it must be shaded from direct sunlight.
Daylight hours in summer are about 10 hours, in winter, the amount of light must be reduced to 8. If the plant does not have enough natural light, then additional illumination with phytolamps is needed.
During the period of active growth from March to October, the air temperature should be 22 ... 25 ° С. In winter, when the plant hibernates, the temperature is lowered to 10 ... 12 ° C.
Sudden changes in heat and cold can harm the flower until it dies. In the absence of such a regime, the succulent content in the heat in winter leaves begin to fall.
Humidification of the soil should be moderate - succulent does not tolerate large amounts of water. During the growing season, the cross is watered as the topsoil dries up, approximately 1 time in 5-7 days. With waterlogging of an earthen coma, the root system rots, which makes the plant die.
In winter, watering is required to be reduced to 1 time in 10-14 days. The amount of water should also be moderate. To avoid fluid stagnation, it is recommended to make a drainage system.
Advice! For irrigation, soft, settled water of room temperature is recommended. Watering is done only under the root, not allowing the leaves to get wet.
Due to its growth in the mountainous regions of Africa, where the climate varies from arid to rainy, the godson does not differ in special requirements for air humidity.
The plant feels comfortable in a residential environment. But still It is not recommended to place the flower near hot radiators.
Succulents prefers loose nutrient soils. Ready soil mix can be purchased at a flower shop or made independently. The substrate contains the following components:
- topsoil with rotten leaves;
- coarse sand;
The acidity of the finished soil must be neutral.
Succulents are fed with any complex fertilizer suitable for cacti, and liquid universal nutritional mixtures are also allowed. You need to add nutrients only from March to October, in winter the plant hibernates.
The dosage is indicated by the manufacturer on the bottle with a mineral additive, it is important to adhere to the recommendations, so as not to harm the flower. Add nutrients once every 14-17 days. First, the cross must be watered so that the concentrated nutrient mixture does not damage the roots.
Important! A few months after transplanting into a new soil, the plant does not need to be fertilized, since the soil mixture contains a sufficient amount of nutrients.
Pruning and transplanting
The godson grows rather slowly - annual growth is only 10-15 cm. Pruning of shoots is not required, because they are the main decoration of the plant. Strengthen the branching, the formation of lateral shoots can be by pinching the shoot.
A flower transplant is carried out by transferring an earthen coma, as shown in the photo. It is preliminary recommended to water the plant so that the soil is more easily taken out of the old pot.
It is important not to damage the fragile root system. The new tank should be 2-4 cm wider and higher than the previous one. At the bottom, it is important to place drainage - expanded clay, coarse perlite after special treatment, crushed polystyrene.
A distinctive feature of succulents is easy reproduction, which even a novice plant grower will cope with.
The algorithm is as follows:
- Several shoots 5-7 cm long must be separated from the parent plant.
- Petioles should be dried for 2–4 hours.
- At the bottom of a small pot, pour soil 3-4 cm high.
- Dip the cuttings to a depth of 1-2 internodes. Leaves must be previously removed.
Young plants need to be put in a well-lit place, watered as the soil dries.
Advice! It is necessary to plant several cuttings in one pot, thus creating the most decorative appearance of the succulent.
This video details the cuttings:
What is a plant dangerous?
Despite the peaceful appearance, the African guest is fraught with danger. The juice of the plant contains a poisonous substance, causing severe poisoning in humans, animals.
It is recommended to refuse to grow the plant if there are pets or small children in the house who are able to be seduced by the “berries” of the pearl string and taste the round leaves of the godson. If nevertheless the accident happened, you need to rinse your stomach and call an ambulance.