Lewisia, one fat plant to all intents and purposes, a truly aesthetically appreciated plant that can be grown throughout Italy, from North to South, even by those who do not have a particularly green thumb.
Cold-resistant, the Lewisia Cotyledon it is a plant that brings beauty and color even when other similar ones make up for it due to low temperatures. It is a succulent plant, it comes from California, it belongs to Portulacaceae family and is often a guest on balconies all over Europe, including Italy.
His flowers have pastel colors and sprout between May and June, the evergreen leaves are characterized by wavy margins and gathered in a rosette that has a beauty all its own and decorates the garden even when the flowers have not yet blossomed.
There Perennial lewisia it is so called precisely because able to adapt to the most varied climates. We see it blooming on the coasts but also in the hills, in the heat but also at not very Mediterranean temperatures. If we are not in the areas where there is its Californian climate, the better cultivate it in pots to be sure that bad weather does not spoil its development.
As it is quite understandable - but better to specify - the Lewisia it does not need too much water, indeed, if we overdo it we damage it. It should be wetted constantly and moderately, intensifying the interventions at the time of flowering and seasonal vegetative restart. In those days the plant needs more nutrients.
When the Lewisia it is grown in pots, it must be equipped with small holes on the bottom for excess water to escape. Better still if you add some expanded clay balls for drainage, for avoid water stagnation really very dangerous for our succulent.
The ideal place to place a specimen of Lewisia is the one in partial shade, not in the dark but never in direct light for hours and hours. In the garden it is therefore fine, unlike many other plants that require more light and are difficult to please when there are others plants and trees that interfere and create ... partial shade. The one loved by ours Lewisia.
Lewisia in the house
Buying a seedling from a nursery or seeds online, in packs of 7 euros each, it is possible to cultivate this plant, even looking for the variety suitable for the climate in which we live. In spring we will have the satisfaction of seeing it flourish. Better to place it on the balcony if we do not have a garden, at home it gets along even if it can have problems if the heating creates a too dry environment.
For to reproduce this plant can be proceeded both by seed and by cutting. It withdraws a sprig from a plant already adult and is obtained with a little green thumb, a similar one. This type of operation must be done in early summer, for it to be more successful, and then repot the plant from time to time adapting to the size of its roots. If instead we want to plant it, April is the ideal month because the frosts should be over.
Lewisia: yellow leaves
Despite being a hardy plant, it can get sick: its leaves turn yellow and it can even die. In addition to parasites and fungi, his enemies are also bad weather and poor maintenance. The leaves, however, are usually besieged by greedy slugs and snails.
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