“the Decembrist (flower) (home-based care, photo and features reproduction described in detail below) is the popular name zigokaktus (also officially known as the shljumberga) was due to the time, which accounts for its flowering. You can often meet and other name-“Rozhdestvennik” (due to the fact that the bloom falls on Christmas holidays) or color of Varvarin (flowering begins at St. Barbara’s day, which falls on December 17). Zigokaktus-jepifitnyj Cactus flat, overhanging, branched stems with chlenistoe structure. Constituents of the stem of the members can reach a length of up to 3 cm in width-1.5, at the bottom of the edges may appear in pairs from 2 up to 4 teeth.
the flowers resemble small bells, with pointed petals. Natural flower colour is various shades of red, but it is now widely distributed hybrids (while caring for them is no different) with white, Orange, pink, yellow and even multi-color flower buds. Particularly picturesque will look in the Decembrist planters over a window sill on the background painted Frost white patterns. Its bright blooming it seems to soften the cold surrounding seeks bringing warm bright colors in severe winter mood. But not only the Decembrist attractive appearance, but also protects from allergies, alleviates insomnia and helps with the mobility of joints.to content↑
Caring, transplanting and reproduction at home
zigokaktusom care at home is not at all similar to the farming actually Cactus, rather it is those conditions that are necessary for usual room (hardwood) plants. The most illustrative example is the light mode, if “traditional” Cactus easily tolerate sunlight, the Decembrist cannot withstand the intense light, excessive light exposure can cause yellowing (chlorosis) edges of stems and overall slow growth. Shljumberge perfect light, but slightly Penumbra place (East window), on the West and South side of the House, especially in the summer, the plant needs to be a bit pritenit’.
largely flower care is facilitated by the fact that he feels well enough in a large range of temperatures ranging from 2 to 37° c but optimal performance at home-18-25° c, with the most comfortable temperature for flowering is 18-20° c.to content↑
for feeding fit any finished fertilizers for succulent (Cactus). If you use fertilizer for other indoor plants, before they must dilute in 2-3 times the recommended standards — in the case of the dekabristom better for underfeeding, than to overfeed. Spring fertilize once a month a Decembrist, summer, during the active growing season-2 times a month, in September, feeding ceased.to content↑
justifying its affiliation with Succulents, Decembrist can calmly move short droughts, but in General, his irrigation mode repeats a peculiar deciduous plants. Poured over a soft, well separated by water bath at room temperature, as dries up the top layer of the Earth. For the flower is true “it is better not to add than to pour”, zamokshem from an overabundance of moisture substrate root system, which as a whole is weak, easily rots.
But shljumberga very positively responds to spraying He is very suitable moist air, the usual for this kind of tropical cactus. Especially need regular spraying in winter when work and radiator air heaters in the home, and so contains little water vapor, becomes completely dry.
Zigokaktus called “flower” because of short day bookmark flower buds only occurs when reducing the duration of light day with simultaneous lowering of temperature. That is why at the end of September, the plant create a rest mode: it is placed in a cold weakly shined with lighting, stop fertilizing and significantly reduce watering. Rest mode lasts on the order of 50 days, after which the zigokaktus return to the usual place (warm and well-lit), restoring irrigation (more process discussed at the video at the end of the article).
the Council! in the formation of buds with a flower pot, you cannot remove or change its position relative to the lighting is responding to changes, Decembrist might just discard already formed buds.
pruning and shaping the Crown
Decembrist perfectly tolerates pruning Although it is more relevant for adults already bushes, young plants in her special need no-plant itself, without additional stimulation, good branching. And here is the adult flower pruning stimulates growth for young shoots, which would appear the flowers, in addition, it helps strengthen the stalk, which can be formed more on the number of colors.
However , to use the term “pruning” is not entirely correct, because the Decembrist pluck, with do it best after the end of flowering. Usually separate 1-2 segments on each stalk, which before this had already been flowers. Once you point offices, two fingers of one hand to clamp tightly clamp the bottom segment of the stem, and the second hand-rotary motion separates the upper part of the shoot. In doing so, it is strictly forbidden to trim segments, just snap off!
you can adjust the cropping shape Crown by removing unsightly shoots, it helps rejuvenate the plant, extending his life-with proper care the flower can delight the flowering of their owners 15-20 years.to content↑
the young plants require instances annual replanting, adults need it much less often-every 4-5 years. For the flower picked a low but wide enough pot because the Decembrist has a superficial root system. For plants subacidic soil, picking up you can buy ready-soil mixture for Cactus and you can prepare yourself at home by fertile, rich in humus, the ground plate ground and coarse sand in the ratio 1:2: 1. Decembrist transplantation is carried out in specially prepared multi-layer primer. The first layer is the drainage system, which involve a brick Crumb or expanded clay. Then the second layer goes soil mixture, third-wood ash or charcoal.to content↑
reproduction and inoculation
the best way to spend a reproduction of zigokaktusa at home-vegativnyj by a cutting. Best reproduction after pruning a flower when there are a lot of good stuff for a cutting-2-3 “extreme” segments. After being separated from the Bush, we must give a few days to dry. Then they must be planted in moist ground and cover with the glass jar (plastic bottle) to create the required greenhouse effect, and the pot are transferred into the Penumbra. Optimum temperature to sharing took hold and propagation was successful-15-20° c, plus-regular airing.
an unusual way to spend a reproduction of the Decembrist-inoculation, which allows to obtain a very unusual shtambovuju form produces an attractive, blooming profusely high tree. The rootstock (i.e. a plant on which vaccinate) you can use pereskiju, selenicereus, Hylocereus or pereskiopsis.
the tip of a sharp knife, then cut the remaining rootstock stem top to slightly break down and insert handle zigokaktusa (same as for reproduction, 2-3 segments). All this fix and tie a woolen thread. When the inoculation sticks, the bandage is removed, and with rootstock, you must remove the leaves. When krona Decembrist will begin to grow strongly to the barrel is not broken, the plant must tie to a number set by kolyshku.to content↑
the Decembrist: signs and beliefs
Signs dekabristom-related, quite contradictory. Considered to be good, if the flower has bloomed in time-this promises welfare and tenants on the entire profit next year. If the flowers have bloomed prematurely, then expect favorable changes in life. And here is the absence of flowers, plants or his death omens interpreted negatively-it all the harbingers of a sharp deterioration in the health of the occupants.
there is a popular belief that shljumberga can respond to negative emotions. If despite correct care, zigokaktus wilt and dying, then your surroundings appeared a man who schemed unkind or just gets mad at you. Bioenergy argue that it can absorb negative energy (shut down), so it is recommended to install in cabinets, where you need to improve relationships between employees. He absorbs the energy of hostility and transforms it into energy of caring, kindness and tenderness.
in addition, signs assert that the plant feels TU energy, which cared for him-it develops badly, while in emotional isolation. It is therefore recommended not to just take care of him with a positive attitude, but even talk. Incidentally, this is why it is recommended to have in the Office psychologist-Decembrist creates an atmosphere of trust and openness.