Neoalsomitra Sarcophylla: Care At Home

This plant, Neoalsomitra, belonging to the family Cucurbitaceae, is a caudex. In nature, it can be found in Malaysia, China and India.

Most of the species do not have an ornamental appearance. Because of this, only 1 species is most popular with florists.

Neoalsomitra sarcophylla (Neoalsomitra sarcophylla) is a caudex-shaped evergreen plant that is a perennial.

The sphere-shaped caudex is up to 15 centimeters in diameter. The shoots can reach a length of 3 to 4 meters. The shoots have tendrils, which are spirally twisted, with their tips split open and have suction cups that help the plant cling to the surface of the support. The oval, smooth, alternately arranged green leaves have split tips. They are also palmately dissected, ternate, and have a well-defined central vein on their surface.

Unisexual florets may be cream-green or cream-colored. The female florets are solitary and the male ones are part of small inflorescences.

Home care for neoalsomitra

Neoalsomitra sarcophylla: care at home

Light exposure

The plant needs bright light, but it should be diffuse. Morning and evening direct sunlight cannot harm this plant. However, from the midday scorching sunlight it must be well shaded.

Prefer western or eastern windows for placement.

Temperature regime

Spring and summer neoalsomitra grows and develops normally at normal room temperature. During the winter it needs to be cool (about 15 degrees). In the summertime you can take it outside if possible.

Humidity

This flower feels best when the air humidity is 60-80%.

But it adapts quite quickly to lower humidity and does not have to be moistened frequently with a sprayer at all.

How to water

In the summertime, water abundantly. So, you should water after the top layer of soil has dried out. With the beginning of autumn, watering should be reduced, and in winter it should be moderate. Do not allow the root ball to dry out completely as this would have a very negative effect on the plant.

Neoalsomitra sarcophylla: care at home

Feeding

Feeding in spring and summer once every 2 or 3 weeks. Fertilizer for cacti is used.

Perfect transplanting

Transplant once a year in the springtime. To prepare the earth mixture it is necessary to combine leaf and turf soil, sand and peat, which should be taken in equal proportions. For planting will do and purchased soil, designed for succulents and cacti.

Don't forget to make a good drainage layer at the bottom of the container.

Propagation methods

You can propagate by seeds and apex cuttings.

Cut apex cuttings in the spring time. It should have 2 or 3 leaves and the lowest one should be torn off carefully. Both soil and water are suitable for rooting.

Rooting should take a few weeks.

Sow the seeds in March or April. A substrate made up of sand and potting soil is suitable. For germination, the seeds should be moved to a warm place and watered regularly. The container should be covered with a cellophane bag or glass.

Daily airing is required.

Neoalsomitra sarcophylla: care at home

Pests and diseases

The spider mite may settle in.

If the watering is too sparing and the air is too dry, the shoots will wither and the leaves will turn yellow and die off.

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