Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum, fam. Verbena) is a plant native to the tropics of Africa. This is an evergreen vine, the shoots of which reach a length of 3 meters, if you pinch their tips, you can give the plant an ampelous or bushy shape. Clodendrum leaves are heart-shaped, with an uneven, “quilted” surface. In summer, flowers bloom on the plant. They are distinguished by a bell-shaped cup, about 2.5 cm in size, from which long stamens peek out. At clerodendrum Thompson (Clerodendrum thomsonae) flowers are beige or greenish-cream in color with bright scarlet tips. Ugandan Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum ugandense) has pale purple petals. Hybrids of clerodendrum with dark pink flowers are bred. Flowering begins in the summer and lasts until mid-autumn. In addition to these species, on sale you can find brilliant Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum spelends), Clerodendrum Bungei (Clerodendrum Bungei), beautiful Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum speciosum), False clerodendrum (Clerodendrum fallax) and Philippine clerodendrum (Cleroderum).
Clodendrum are thermophilic and photophilous, in winter they need an air temperature of 8 - 9 degrees, which provides plants with a dormant period and promotes abundant flowering. Clerodendrum require high humidity, they must often be sprayed.
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Clerodendrum is watered abundantly in summer, the soil should be moist all the time. During dormancy, watering is moderate. Once a month, it is necessary to fertilize fertilizers for decorative flowering plants. In spring, pruning of elongated, weakened shoots is carried out. Clerodendrum needs transplantation annually in early March, the substrate is made up of turf and leaf soil, humus, peat, sand in a ratio of 2: 2: 1: 1: 1, the soil should be quite loose and breathable.
In indoor conditions, clerodendrum can suffer from dry air, while they drop flowers and buds. If on leaves and stems you find motionless brown formations, then the plant is affected by scale insects. It is necessary to carry out treatment with malathion.