Indoor plants

Aralia

Water the aralia

Aralia must be watered constantly and especially if it is placed in pots. After winter it is necessary to irrigate the plant at intervals of two days, but it is always good to check the humidity of the earth, to feel the surface. In fact, if it is too dry, you have to water it. The aralia is pollonifera because it expands in width, and has large green and glossy leaves, with slightly toothed margins. Its foliage constitutes the most interesting decorative part of the plant, but its flowers are also ornamental, small and white arranged in umbels up to four centimeters wide; and after flowering, round and black berries appear. The pruning of the aralia is not necessary, although to put the plant in order, in spring, you can always remove the branches that have taken different directions.

Cultivating aralia


The cultivation of the aralia is carried out by seed or by cuttings or by layering. If you opt for the cutting, this can be done in the summer by taking parts of the plant, and the cuts must be treated with rooting hormone. Portions of araliathey are then transferred to pots filled with soil mixed with sand, clay and peat. Instead, sowing is done in spring or autumn. Small pots are used to be kept at a temperature of 15/20 degrees to facilitate germination which usually takes place after three or four weeks. While the layering is carried out in spring or early summer by wrapping a branch with a cloth and some earth to produce roots. Later you can cut the part of the branch that will have to be transplanted. For another type of reproduction, suckers can also be used as is done with cuttings.

Fertilize aralia


The beautiful aralia plant prefers a fatty soil with the addition of peat in a not exaggerated quantity in order not to transform the PH of the soil. Therefore, it is good to opt for silty earth rich in organic substances. If, for example, the soil where to plant the aralia is not well structured, it is advisable to carry out an excavation in which to arrange the most suitable earth. This plant can give excellent results by carrying out a good fertilization to be carried out during flowering with a liquid fertilizer in spring and summer every twenty days, and to mix with water to prevent it from being absorbed too much by the roots. If the aralia is grown outside, a solid fertilizer can also be used to put under the mulch to prevent the earth from becoming dry in the summer.

Aralia: Diseases and parasites of aralia


Aralia does not like too low temperatures, so it is best to grow it in areas with a mild winter. In fact, to live well it should be at a temperature around twenty degrees and in a sunny position with a slight shade. It is advisable to protect the plant from heavy rain and strong wind. Aralia is a great air purifier as it absorbs toxic substances, but if it has to stay indoors in a pot it is attacked by some pests such as aphids, cochineal and red spider. Furthermore, it must not be subjected to cold currents or high temperature changes; in fact the cold for the aralia is like a poison that manifests itself with black areas on the leaves and on the jets. If, on the other hand, the same leaves are faded and therefore very light, it means that the plant has not received adequate fertilization.

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