How to irrigate

Regarding the irrigation of Lewisia, it is good to proceed in a different way depending on the season of the year. It is recommended to water with a certain frequency and regularity starting from the vegetative restart and throughout the duration of the flowering of the plant. During the colder months, which also correspond with the vegetative rest of Lewisia, these wettings can be progressively decreased. Whenever you intend to proceed with an irrigation it is essential to check the soil. If it is still wet from the previous wetting, it is not necessary to irrigate again to avoid the formation of water stagnations that cause submergence and asphyxiation of the roots. Submerging the root system leads the plant to root rot and consequent death.

How to cure

Lewisia is a plant that prefers an exposure in semi-shaded areas. If it is grown indoors, it is possible to place the plant not directly at a window but not far from it. In the garden, it is advisable to place Lewisia at the foot of a deciduous tree that can protect the plant. Furthermore, Lewisia does not appreciate excessively hot climates and, above all, cannot withstand excessively harsh weather conditions. It is good, in winter, to proceed by moving the plant to a more protected place, or by mulching the soil based on straw and dry leaves to protect the root system. The multiplication of the plant can take place by seed or by cutting. If reproduction by seed is chosen,

How to fertilize

To fertilize Lewisia, the use of a slow release granular fertilizer is recommended. This fertilizer must be sprinkled on the ground at the foot of the plant and must contain the three basic chemicals such as: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It is also possible that the fertilizer contains additional chemical microelements such as: copper, magnesium, zinc, iron and boron. This fertilizer must be provided during the vegetative period of Lewisia and it is best to proceed once every two months or so for the duration of flowering. Fertilization must be suspended with the arrival of the colder months and therefore, with the arrival of the vegetative rest of the plant. Continuing to fertilize during this period would risk creating only a dangerous accumulation of nutrients at the level of the roots.

Lewisia: Diseases and pests

In the event of an excessively humid environment, Lewisia may be attacked by some fungus. In order to avoid an infestation of this type, it is possible to carry out a preventive disinfestation at the beginning of the vegetative period of the plant. In addition, Lewisia can be attacked by snails and slugs that feed on its leaves. These parasites mostly appear in early spring when the weather is still cool and humid. You can remove them manually or sprinkle the plant with a product that does not bring them closer. Lewisia is also very afraid of root rot. This pathology is generated by excessive wetting that causes water stagnation. The stagnations lead to submersion and asphyxiation of the root system and consequently to the death of the plant.

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