Heptopleurum or Scheffler?
Hello readers. I would like to share my grief with you. For the last three years I have been growing a sheffler bought in a store on my window; I had no problems with it. But recently, in a correspondence with one of the readers of the blog, we got into a debate about the fact that sheffler should not smell. The fact is that I described that when plucking leaves my sheffler starts to smell like geraniums, she also shrubs very much and even gave a new stem from the root. This put us in difficulty, and I decided to find out what I grow.
So, among the long wanderings in all kinds of encyclopedias, and also thanks to our friend the Internet, I am glad to introduce you.
Heptopleurum (Heptapleurum) - representative of the family aralievs (Araliaceae).
This is a perennial tree-like fast-growing plant, reminiscent of the appearance of a sheffler. The leaves consist of 7-10 oval, pointed at the ends, green leaves, reaching a length of up to 10 cm.
The habitat covers almost all the southern regions of the globe.
Growing Heptopleurum does not require much effort. This is a heat-loving plant, the optimal temperature regime of the room where the tree grows should be at least 18-21 ° C with high humidity. The plant requires frequent sprinkling and spongeing. Heptopleurum is a photophilous plant, but it is better to avoid direct sunlight.
In spring, summer and autumn, the plant needs abundant watering, in winter the soil of the plant should be moistened much less frequently. It must always be remembered that excessive soil moisture can have a negative effect on the state of heptopleurum. The plant must be fed once every 2 weeks with mineral fertilizers.
Heptopleurum can be propagated by stem cuttings and seeds, which are recommended to be sown in warm, loose soil and germinated at high temperature and humidity. Strengthened seedlings must be planted in separate containers with prepared soil mixture. For rapid growth, heptopleurum must be kept in suitable conditions.
Possible problems: red spider mite, aphid, mealybug, root beetle; falling leaves due to waterlogging and drafts.
If the heptopleurum is grown in the form of a tree, it is recommended to use a support, the plant may also have the shape of a bush, for which it is necessary to remove the growth points on the main stem.