Pipe flower – avoid care mistakes and fight pests

Pipe flower - avoid care mistakes and fight pests

The Pipe Flower is a tropical climber that has some care requirements. With proper care, however, it offers a very good privacy.

Pipe flower - avoid care mistakes and fight pests
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The Pipe Flower (Aristolochia) is considered to be robust and resistant, yet pest infestation is not enough and also care mistakes can cause the ghost flower does not grow as desired lush and rich flowering. Learn now which pests of the jungle plant can be dangerous and what hobby gardeners can do to prevent diseases.

Which care mistakes can occur?

When the Pipe Flower drops its leaves in autumn, the hobby gardener does not have to worry. The leaf fall at this time of year is completely normal. The plant will reliably drive out again next spring, but relatively late.

If, however, during the growth phase, brown leaf margins and dried leaves that curl up or fall off, this is a clear indication of low humidity. It should be remembered that the plants come from the rainforests of Brazil, where generally a high humidity prevails. If the leaves are sprayed regularly with water, too low humidity can be prevented.

Ailing the plant can waterlogging be the cause. If the pipe flower gets wet feet, it attacks the roots. Sooner or later, nutrient uptake will be affected and the plants will start to rot.

Avoid frequent care mistakes

care errorsepisodecountermeasure
too low humiditybrown leaf margins
dried leaves
leaf fall
frequent spraying with rainwater
too low humiditywaterlogging
root rot
pour less
Pot plant
Change substrate
location errorreduced growth
lack of flowering

Which pests can occur?

  • aphids
  • spider mites
  • nematodes


Aphids are comparatively harmless. If the plant is outdoors, there is no need to intervene if the infestation is easier. The aphid has with ladybirds or lacewings a whole series of natural predators, which take the hobby gardener over the summer work.

If the pipe flower is cultivated in the room, too dry air can lead to an infestation. So that the pests do not spread to other plants, immediate action is required. There is also a risk to the plant that should not be underestimated. The aphid drills with its proboscis into the cell tissue of the leaves and thereby viruses can be transmitted, which can seriously damage the pip flower then.

What should I do?

Chemical remedies are not necessary for controlling aphid. To strengthen and strengthen the plant, as well as for direct pest control, plant tinctures can be used.

If the plant is already affected by aphids, a nettle manure can help, which can be easily produced:

  1. pick fresh nettles
  2. Mix 500 grams of flowering plant parts with five liters of water
  3. Allow mixture to ferment for two weeks
  4. Dilute manure with water at a ratio of 1:10
  5. Spray the plant several times

As a preventive measure, field horsetail broth is a good choice. Also these plant seeps are produced in a few simple steps:

  1. Collect field horsetail
  2. one kilogram of herb in ten liters of cold water a day
  3. Cook for about 30 minutes
  4. let cool and pour through a sieve
  5. Dilute two liters of manure with ten liters of water
  6. Use field horsetail broth to pour or spray plant

»Tip: As a precautionary measure against aphid infestation, a light soapy water is also used to spray the plant.

Spider mites

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Dry air can also cause spider mite infestation . Here, too, the plant is weakened and damaged by the sucking out of the leaves. In advanced infestation, this is visible in the withering and yellowing of the leaves.

Those who do not want to use chemical pesticides for fighting can resort to predatory mites. Predatory mites use the spider mite larvae as food source and do no damage to the pipefish.

Here, too, to ensure a higher humidity. In the case of smaller plants or if the pipe flower has already been cut back, it may help to place the plant in a transparent plastic bag. The bag is tightly closed. The Pipe Flower should remain in this miniature greenhouse for about three days. In the plastic bag develops a high humidity, which causes the spider mites to die off.

»Tip: Before the plant moves into the plastic bag, it must be sufficiently watered.

Since only the living mites and not the eggs are destroyed, the treatment must be repeated several times.


Nematodes are not pests in the true sense, because they can also be useful. Thus, the basins support the composting and are used specifically for combating weeping weasels or snails. However, it also happens that the maggots, which are only about one millimeter in size, cause direct damage to the roots where it is least noticeable.

What signs indicate nematodes?

  • stunted growth
  • withered leaves
  • leaf fall
  • Formation of root galls

If the infestation is noticed too late, there is often no rescue for the pipe flower. The infected plants should then be disposed of with the residual waste.

»Caution: Thoroughly clean used garden tools before using them again.

Control of nematodes

If the infestation is detected on indoor plants, the plant should immediately be repotted and supplied with new soil.

If nematodes are noticed on potted plants, which are allowed to spend the summer in the open air, you can make do with a clever trick. Sow Tagetes directly into the planter. The basket bloom plants do the rest. About the roots a poison is eliminated, which kills nematodes reliable. The flowers should preferably grow in a dense lawn and cover the surface of the planter. A similar effect can also be achieved with marigolds.

1 × 1 for healthy pipe flowers

So that you have something of your pipe trees for a long time, you should pay attention to the proper care. Because this keeps your plants healthy and makes them more robust against pests.

semi-sunny to shady
irrigationkeep it evenly moist
Avoid waterlogging
spray regularly
Fertilizeduring the growth phase
Liquid fertilizer every 14 days
To cutregular pruning
Faded and withered leaves removed
overwinterHibernation at 10 to 15 degrees
Plant plant more frequently
Check plant for pest infestation

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