Bamboo of happiness, or Sander's dracaena is a common plant, although it has nothing to do with bamboos. At first glance, this type of plant cannot be attributed to dracaena, but sander is attributed to this type of palm. It is believed that this culture brings happiness and attracts blessings. Pseudobamboo is not particularly picky about care: it is hardy and unpretentious.
It is not necessary to buy a pot for Sander's dracaena: the plant feels great in a vase with water. Due to this feature, pseudobamboo can be grown in a pot in the ground, in pure water, in a hydrogel.
Growing in water
The easiest way to grow Sandera Dracaena is to place it in a container of water. In this case, it is necessary to change the water at least once a week, making sure that the level is not too high and covers the roots no more than two centimeters. Otherwise, there is a possibility of stem rotting.
With long-term growth of plants in water, it mayyellow the leaves. This reaction occurs due to a lack of nutrients and minerals. To remedy the situation, mineral fertilizers are added to a container of water. After some time, Sander's dracaena will turn green and will again delight with its beauty.
Caring for a plant grown in water
Water-grown bamboo is easy to care for. For this you need:
- Regularly change the water in the tank. It is important to ensure that it is always fresh.
- Periodically wipe the leaves from dust.
- Approximately once every three to four months, fertilize with mineral fertilizers.
- With a strong growth of the roots, they are cut no more than 1/3.
- Be sure to clean the container in which the plant grows.
Growing in soil
Dracaena Sandera can be planted in the ground. It is prepared from equal parts of leaf and sod land, sand, humus and peat. The plant quickly develops a powerful root system, so the container should immediately be prepared high, but not too wide. When transshipping a plant, it is best to prepare a heavier substrate by increasing the proportion of soddy soil and reducing the amount of sand. After two years, the young plant is transferred to a larger pot, and adults are transplanted every three years. It is better not to touch large specimens of dracaena: in such plants, the topsoil is changed every year.
Growing dracaena in hydrogel
Dracaena Sander grows well in hydrogel. With this method, the substrate mustadd mineral fertilizers.
Hydrogel is a polymer granules that can quickly absorb water and fertilizers soluble in it. He then slowly gives everything back to the plant.
Hydrogel can be transparent, colored. Flies do not breed in this substrate, bacteria do not start.
Bamboo doesn't need bright light. This is one of those plants that prefer diffused light, rather than direct sunlight, which can burn the leaves. Dracaena feel great in the back of the room, with artificial lighting. Because of these features, sander is often grown in the bathroom. However, with this method of growing, it is necessary to periodically put the flower in a bright place.
Temperature and humidity
Dracaena Sandera care is very simple. Unlike other types of plants, it is not demanding on humidity and tolerates dry air perfectly. It is quite enough during care to periodically spray bamboo from a spray bottle.
Dracaena belongs to heat-loving plants. For its growth, a temperature of at least 25 degrees is required: at temperatures below eighteen degrees, the plant may die. Pseudobamboo does not tolerate cold and drafts well.
Fertilize bamboo at least twice a year. When growing, do not exceed the recommended dose of fertilizers, as this causes yellowing and death of the plant. If the plant is grown in the ground, then it is fertilized no more than once a year.
To get, as in the photo, Sander's dracaena, you need to properly organize watering. This type of plant is moisture-loving, not afraid of stagnant moisture and perfectly tolerates life in the water regime. If the plant is grown in a hydrogel or in the ground, then watering is carried out as the substrate dries up, maintaining high humidity and preventing the earth from drying out deeper than two centimeters. When growing in water, it is important to keep the water level constant. In any case, when placing bamboo in water or in the ground, the substrate should not be more than two centimeters higher than the roots, otherwise the plant may rot.
Water quality is important when growing bamboo. This plant can be grown and watered with distilled or very soft water at room temperature.
During the cultivation of a plant, various troubles may arise. Most often, they appear when the requirements of the plant for the conditions of detention are not met.
- Brown spots, yellowness of the edges and leaf plates speaks of cold, draft. In this case, the plant must be moved to another place.
- Dry light spots. If the light is too bright, sunburn may appear on the plant.
- Brown edges on rolled leaves. This is how bamboo reacts to low temperatures.
- Yellowing of lower leaves. With slow yellowing, there is nothing to worry about - this is a natural process. The plant is just shedding its lower leaves.
- Rotting trunk. This is observed whenexcess water in the container. To save the plant, it is necessary to trim it: the top is cut off at a height above the place of decay and put back into the water for re-rooting.
Usually the plant propagates by lateral and apical shoots. They form in large numbers. To get many copies, you need:
- Choose he althy stems with shoots, about ten centimeters long, although five centimeter stems can be rooted, roots grow well on them. Stems with yellow leaves, soft to the touch, are not suitable for propagation.
- Leaves are removed from the stem, leaving 3-4 leaves at the top. This will help the plant channel its energy into root growth.
- The cuttings are placed in a container of water. The process of root formation in different periods is always different. It can take from one to three months. At the same time, the water in the container is regularly changed to avoid rotting of the plant.
In order for a new sprout to form many new shoots, the top of its head is cut off. The cut is treated with wax. It protects the stem from decay.
Rooting can be carried out in a horizontal position. To do this, half the stem is waxed on each side and placed in a flat container with water. The stem with germinated buds is transplanted into the ground, getting a plant with one common root and several trunks.
In water, in hydrogel, in soil, the plant always grows. If the stems are too stretched, thencarry out ennoblement by cutting off long processes. And how to cut the dracaena Sander so that the plant is not inferior in decorativeness to young specimens? Usually, the top of his head is cut off and put on rooting. From the resulting stem, new shoots will begin to grow. To prevent the stem from rotting, the cut point is treated with wax.
To get a magnificent and beautiful, as in the photo, Sander's dracaena, it is necessary to prune and feed in a timely manner, and when grown in water, monitor the freshness of the liquid and the cleanliness of the container.