Blood flower care – so the houseplant thrives as healthy as possible

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Maintain blood flower

Flower flowers convince with their flowers and can be easily planted. Moreover, they are not particularly demanding in terms of their care.

Maintain blood flower
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Flower lovers are more than gladly used by many lovers as a houseplant and balcony plant in summer, because their flowers are incomparably beautiful to look at. Red brush flowers with a large diameter and juicy long leaves are what give the plant its typical look. The bulbous plant, which originally comes from Africa and belongs to the Amaryllis family, is quite easy to care for and to plant. Nevertheless, you should know more about the care process so that the plant can thrive as well as possible and stay healthy for as long as possible. So how do you care for them properly?

To cut blood flower

The heyday of the houseplant starts around May and usually ends in autumn. Not only do the flowers and their stem die before the winter, but the leaves of the plant also discolor and wither. If this is the case, gently cut off and remove the leaves. So you prepare the plant optimally for the winter, because during this time it basically sets a period of rest, only to awaken in spring again in full splendor. Except for this purpose, the flower must not be cut. However, if dry or sun-burned leaves are present, they can be removed or cut off quietly so as not to restrict the growth of the plant and make it less susceptible to pests or germs. A short profile of the plant can help to keep the right care needs in mind when thinking about:

  • scientific name is Haemanthus
  • ideal room temperature is about 20 degrees Celsius
  • in winter a dark, cool location with 14 degrees is needed
  • flowering from May, deciduous from late autumn
  • outdoor posture only in spring and summer possible if no Frost occurs
  • can grow up to 60 cm, the flower often reaches a diameter of 20cm
  • shank contains red juice, which comes out in case of damage and is responsible for the name of the plant
  • plant bears berries after flowering

Watering the flower properly – what to consider

If you have planted a flower onion, the casting is only started when a flower stem is formed or several leaves have emerged. But before that, you always have to keep the soil slightly moist. Then it is sufficient if you always water the plant moderately, when the substrate is slightly dried around it. A too humid attitude of the plant could favor that it starts to rot or that forms mold. Therefore, it is important to wait with the next watering until the earth appears slightly drier again. In spring and summer, watering is quite regular, especially when the flowering period of the plant begins. But if the flowers and leaves are withered and the tree prepares for the wintertime, In addition to the removal of the leaves by a cut another measure to introduce: The casting must be reduced from this time namely, so that the plant does not rot. In winter, when the plant is in its resting phase, it is even more rare to water. Only when the spring approaches can the frequency of pouring be increased again. It should be noted in every season that water from the saucer of the planter is always removed – otherwise the roots could rot.

Use some fertilizer to help you grow better

The flower must be fertilized only in summer, when it starts to bloom or is just in bloom and forms berries. Here you can once a month mix some compost under the potting soil, or alternatively add plant fertilizer. If you want, you can even use some fertilizer every two weeks to provide the African plant with the right amount of nutrients. However, from the autumn fertilization should be omitted, especially in winter, the plant does not need such measures, as they seek rest breaks. When spring starts and the first leaves of the flower bloom again, some compost can be used to help the plant grow.

About overwinter blood flower

All Haemanthus species are not suitable for wintering outdoors – because frost and cold temperatures do not survive the African plants. If you keep the flower flower in the spring and summer outdoors, you must bring it back in autumn at the latest before the first frost. But it is also important that the plant is placed in its resting phase for the winter in a dark and slightly cooler room, which reaches a temperature of 14 degrees maximum. The cellar, for example, is very well suited for this. Before wintertime, the withered leaves should be cut off, also the casting is to be minimized during this time.

Benefits of the flower in terms of care

✔ easy care throughout the year
✔ quite easy to plant
✔ requires little attention and effort during the winter
✔ repotting rarely necessary
✔ watering only in moderation
✔ one is rewarded with a rich
blooms in the summer ✔ can be put outside in the summer

Disadvantages of the flower in terms of care

✘ does not tolerate sun
✘ frost and minus temperatures, the plant is not immune

Verme multiply flowers

If you would like to enjoy even more red and large flowers with brush-like petals in summer, you can multiply the blood flower – if the care and the plants are right. As the plant forms berries as soon as autumn announces itself, they can be harvested to grow the flower by sowing. If the berries are yellow, they are best harvested. When sowing you should not wait too long, so that the process is crowned with success.

The seeds are distributed on rearing substrate, this can be used for several seeds small flower pots. Sand, which should be moistened and kept moist, is well suited as a substrate by the way. A foil, such as cling film over the flower pot, helps to encourage germination of the seeds. Show the seedlings, they can be placed without a foil to a bright, but not sunny window and with the growth sporadically come in larger pots. It takes about two years until the small plants can be repotted from the sand in plant soil with compost. It should be noted that the seedlings are not allowed to suffer from waterlogging, as they quickly rot in this case.

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