Worsleya (Blue Amaryllis): Home Care, Reproduction

Worsleya (Worsleya), also called blue amaryllis, is not often cultivated under room conditions, even by experienced florists, and is rarely seen in amaryllis collections. There is only 1 representative in this genus, Worsleya noble (Worsleya procera). This plant can be found in the wild in tropical areas of eastern Brazil. Prefers damp and well-lit mountain slopes, usually located near waterfalls. It prefers rocky soil.

The bulb of this plant has a very large size, which is characteristic of all members of the Amaryllis family. Together with the flower it reaches several meters in height, but this is only in natural conditions. The narrow, green leaves of the vorzlija grow up to 90 centimeters long.

This plant looks especially spectacular with lovely flowers, which have not quite the usual color. So, it can be from dark blue to blue color shade.

In diameter, the flowers reach 15 centimeters, and on one flower stalk there can be up to 15 pieces.

When growing in room conditions, this flower usually blooms in the summer period. Under natural conditions, flowering can occur in any of the months.

Worsleya is quite popular among florists, all because of its unusually beautiful flowers. And most of all, it is loved by American florists.

However, with all this, this plant is considered to be quite capricious, and the cost of blue amaryllis is very high.

This flower needs special conditions. The earth it needs is stony, but saturated with nutrients. The place needs to be very moist and well-lit. The best place for it will suit the winter garden, but you can grow vorslea and in room conditions, if there is a window opening, located in the southern part of the room.

And also this plant should be placed among others that prefer high humidity. So, its neighbors can be aroids, bromeliads, as well as cyperus, strongly loving moisture.

To be successful growing in room conditions of hairsleaves, it needs certain favorable conditions. It needs high humidity and good light, and it also needs a nutritious environment. The plant should be watered every day, but it needs to have a good drainage layer at the bottom of the pot, which can imitate the rocky slopes of the environment where it lives in nature.

Home care for the worsleya

Worsleya (blue amaryllis): home care, reproduction

Lighting

The flower should be placed on the sunny side.

Temperature regime

In the wild, the worsleya grows in moderate temperatures, but at night there is quite cool. Therefore, it reacts negatively to high temperatures (over 30 degrees). It is desirable for this plant to have a lower temperature at night. In summer, it can be moved to fresh air.

When the temperature is reduced to 2 degrees for short periods, the flower does not suffer.

Humidity

Needs increased air humidity.

Watering Rules

Worsleya (blue amaryllis): home care, reproduction

It is important to water the vorslea once a day. When it has a dormant period (it almost stops growing), watering should be reduced. But make sure that the flower does not dry out.

The soil should be slightly moist all the time.

Feeding

This plant needs systematic feeding. So, you should feed it every time you water it, either by dissolving the amount in water or by putting in the recommended amount of compound fertilizer every 7 days.

Soil

What kind of soil you use to grow the hairball is very important. For example, it needs a loose soil mixture that is perfectly oxygen permeable, and it also needs to have a very fast flow of liquid.

For planting it is recommended to use pieces of lava, pumice or other porous rocks with dimensions of 5 to 10 millimeters. For water and nutrients to remain in the soil, add some sphagnum moss, coconut shells or peat.

Potting

Worsleya (blue amaryllis): home care, reproduction

Potting adult plants is very rare and the pot should not be much bigger than the bulb.

Storming period

In winter time, move the hairballs to a cooler room and water them little. In the wild, however, this flower blooms several times a year at any time, and it has no clear dormancy period limits.

Propagation methods

Worsleya (blue amaryllis): home care, reproduction

It can be propagated by seeds, offspring and bulb division.

Bought seeds should be placed in a stimulant solution (epin) before sowing; substances used to prevent fungal diseases (phytosporin, vitaros) can also be added. Sowing is made in the sand mixed with peat and vermiculite. The container is covered with a film and airing is made daily. The first shoots will appear in about 14 days, after which you should remove the foil.

Separation of the offspring is done at the time the plant is transplanted. The approximate size of the offspring should be 2 centimetres in diameter.

The bulb is rarely divided. This procedure is similar to dividing a hippeastrum bulb.

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