Indoor plants

The pachira

How to water the pachira

The pachira is a plant that needs quite considerable quantities of water and a rather regular watering which is usually done every 3 or 4 days. Before proceeding with wetting, however, it is useful to check the level of humidity in the soil, especially along the first 2 centimeters of depth. Do not proceed with irrigation if the soil is still wet, you would only risk submerging the roots of the pachira. Submergence of the roots is the primary cause of the problem of rotting of the same and the consequent death of the plant. There is also the possibility of using water reservoirs. These pots gradually release the water and allow the plant to be irrigated only once a month, even in the presence of strong heat.

How to cure pachira

The fundamental advice for the correct care of the pachira is to provide the plant with a pot that guarantees its free growth. Therefore, it is good to choose a large container so that the pachira can extend its roots. The plant should be repotted annually paying particular attention to the roots during the process. The pachira does not need pruning, only the removal of dry leaves is necessary. The reproduction of the plant can take place by seed or by cutting. It is recommended to carry out this process inside greenhouses, characterized by a high level of humidity essential for the pachira. The perfect place for pachira storage is the greenhouse. This plant in fact needs high temperatures and humidity. Is it possible to keep the pachira at home,

How to fertilize pachira

The pachira must be fertilized in spring and summer. This procedure must be interrupted in autumn, the period in which the plant enters its vegetative period. Regarding this process, it is recommended to use a liquid fertilizer that can be diluted with irrigation water. It is good to proceed approximately every 3 or 4 weeks. The recommended fertilizer must contain the three basic chemicals: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It is necessary to slightly reduce the doses compared to those indicated on the package. The most suitable soil for pachira is a highly draining soil, able to guarantee the maintenance of humidity (a fundamental requirement for the correct management of the plant). Furthermore, it is recommended to use a fibrous manure when planting the pachira.

The pachira: Diseases and cures

The pachira is not a plant particularly prone to attack by parasites or other insects. However, it can sometimes happen that it gets hit by cochineal. In this case the pachira will show spots on the lower pages of the leaves. It is possible to check better by using a magnifying glass. A remedy for cochineal is to use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to be used to remove the parasite. If the leaves of the plant begin to wither and subsequently take on an almost powdery appearance and then fall, the pachira has been hit by the red spider. It is recommended to increase the sprays of the plant and proceed with the pesticide only if the attack is particularly violent. The pachira can be attacked by aphids, better known as plant lice. In this case, use specific pesticides.

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