Among indoor crops, there are many really outstanding and popular plants. In this subgroup, the most popular are plants that have a very bright and unusual structure, as well as decorative color and atypical leaf shape. Almost all plants that have simple green leaves are classics, but as for the extensive list of exotic plantings, in this regard it is very rare to meet plants that have a rather modest and unpretentious leaf color. But it should be noted that in this category there is such an exception from all possible rules - a plant called reinekia.
Room Reinekia: photo
Reinekia is a ground cover crop that has a more oriental look. It is unusual and, at the same time, it is also very simple, for which it gained such popularity: Reinekia combines some completely incompatible features and characteristics. In its unpretentiousness, it is considered almost the main leader, and according to this indicator, it can give odds to even more familiar species. The same applies to such an indicator of crops as longevity, since Reinekia perfectly adapts to any conditions and, in general, can quite safely tolerate even less favorable circumstances that can break some other plantings. The plant also has unusual external characteristics - it is not so extravagant, and at the same time it is quite extraordinary, which makes Reinekia one of the leaders among other candidates for decorating plots and modern home interiors. In this article, we will talk in more detail about this planting, about its features, characteristics and types, and tell you how to properly care for the plant in order to maximize its decorativeness and interesting features.
Room Reinekia: photo
External characteristics of room Reinekia, its types
Let's start with a description of the main external characteristics of Reinekia. This plant is native to China, although in nature this perennial plant can also very often be found in Japan, in some of its regions. The plant is distinguished by such characteristics as picturesque and modesty, as well as texturality. It is for this reason that Reinekia can fit into absolutely any decorative plantings, decorate flower beds, group and single plantings with it, which look incredibly bright and attractive. Reinekia is generally very characteristic of oriental designs; stylistically, this plant can not be used everywhere, and in this it can lose out to some other cultures and competitors. We also note right away that Reinekia is a typical representative of a very extensive and well-known family of asparagus.
Reinekias are herbaceous, groundcover perennials that stand out for their evergreen foliage. Reinekias are often compared to plantings such as ophiopogons and lilies of the valley. In particular, they are similar in the form of plant growth, as well as in the nature of its growth and development. Reinekia is characterized by a very compact, but at the same time very powerful rhizome, and it allows the plant to constantly grow in breadth. Then the space around is slowly but surely assimilated by Reinekia, and therefore this culture will need quite a lot of space so that it can truly realize its full potential in decorativeness.
From the buds, which are located on creeping roots, rosette bundles stand out.Hence, the feeling is created that the plant is a sod, peculiar in its form. Reinekias can wrap around the entire soil, and hence the assumption that this is not only a herb, but also a ground cover plant. This plant can very pleasantly surprise even those who are very selective fans of such plantings. Also, this plant differs in that it is completely undemanding, durable, stable, if we are talking about its decorative effect. In principle, this plant is really very good in its characteristics, and therefore it has already managed to fall in love with a large number of gardeners, florists, landscape designers around the world and, in particular, in our country.
Room Reinekia: photo
The maximum height of room Reinekia is only twenty centimeters. At the same time, the growth rate of the planting will directly depend on the conditions under which this plant grows and develops, and what conditions, microclimate were created by the florist himself. If he tried and created the most comfortable environment for the plant, then it will develop very quickly. Reinekia will constantly grow, delight the gardener with its decorative appearance almost continuously. If the rules of care were not followed, and if the gardener was inattentive and disdainful, then the plant will grow very slowly and will lose its visual appeal. This, of course, negatively affects the overall picture of the personal plot.
The leaves are linear, tapering slightly closer to the base of the plant. They can also bend slightly in an arc at the very top of the plant. But the closer the leaves are to the rosettes, the more elegant they become, and this surprises flower growers even more than the variegated and bright color of these very leaves. Basal rosettes are double-sided, not visible as well if you look at them in the thicker parts of the bush. At the same time, they can be perceived as an original and decorative part of a plant, and a little resemble bulbous plants, rather than groundcover, such are herbaceous.
The texture of the leaves is unusual - it is a little transparent, and in the light, the leaves can really show through. This creates a very decorative and attractive texture contrast with the plate. The surface is leathery, shiny, glossy, emphasizing the decorative and attractiveness of the plant. The length of the leaves ranges from ten to twenty centimeters - the length depends mainly on the age of the plant, as well as on the conditions under which this planting grows. At the same time, the color of Reinekia is a rich green hue. The side of the leaves on top is light, green, goes well with the lower color, which has reddish shades. At the same time, the plant is not at all contrasting, it generally looks like a slightly blurry planting. The beauty of the reddish-brown peduncles is surprisingly emphasized, and indeed the whole plant looks not only decorative, but also harmonious, and such plants are not found very often in household plots, so there is a reason to save the plant, monitor it very carefully, observe all the rules of care and agricultural technology, which are also completely elementary.
Room Reinekia: photo
Blooming at Reinekia is one of its virtues. This plant produces mainly spike-shaped inflorescences, which consist of medium-sized flowers (the length of one flower is up to one and a half centimeters). The bract of the flower is sharp, scarious, looks very unusual. The flowers and the inflorescences in general do not differ in any flashiness, but their zest lies precisely in such elegance and simplicity, which makes the plant stand out from the background of many other plantings. The color of the inflorescences is light, beige and purple.It is in perfect harmony with the leaves, with their color, which is quite saturated and at the same time contrasting. Flowers bloom in turn, from bottom to top, hence the feeling that the plant has been blooming for a long time. After flowering, surprises and interesting features of Reinekia continue to appear - berries appear in place of the faded buds. Painted in carmine red. Most of all, these berries resemble rose hips, they look incredibly juicy, attractive and really decorative.
Of course, it's worth talking a little about what types of Reinekia are. Indoors, one of the most common types of Reinekia is usually grown - Reinekia corporal, flesh-colored. It is also called meat-red Reinekia. This perennial is distinguished by its grassiness and the fact that it really has a very neat, compact appearance. The leaves of this species have an incredible beauty, which is emphasized by harmonious inflorescences and future emerging berries. One of the most popular Reinekia varieties is the variegata variety. This is a variegated plant, against the background of green leaves, yellow and white stripes appear, which just give the foliage such alluring and interesting species features. But there are plants that are even brighter and more original. The stripes on the leaves have a silvery color, and the leaves can also cast an even greater red tint, which mainly appears on the upper side of the leaf. Agree, even presenting this plant, you can believe that it is incredibly decorative and interesting, and it deserves to be planted with Reinekia as part of ornamental plantings. Next, we will talk about the most basic conditions for growing this crop, as well as the intricacies of caring for Reinekia.
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Reinekia: growing and caring at home
Reinekia is a humble plant that can be quite content with the conditions that a gardener can offer her. Reinekia is great for gardeners who do not yet have much experience in growing plants, and for those who are just starting this interesting path. The plant perfectly tolerates shaded areas, is not afraid of changes in the weather, temperature jumps, drafts, and also feels great in indoor conditions, where the gardener sometimes has to create a microclimate for planting on his own so that she feels as comfortable as possible.
Reinekii, one way or another, is not the most popular plant, and it is quite rare if we are talking directly about indoor plantings. But in the design of landscapes, winter gardens, greenhouses, reinekia can be found most often. In addition, it is perfect as a bright accent for office decoration, for creating unusual green corners that will delight the eye of flower growers. Culture has recently gained particular popularity, and due to this, it can be found very often both on plots, in indoor conditions, and in city parks. Reinekia also managed to establish itself as a plant that is excellent for creating group plantings, arrays in which large flowers and crops are located, which belong to a variety of families. Also, Reinekia can complement or completely fill tropical windows and gardens, as it is unpretentious, and at the same time has incredibly attractive external characteristics that cannot be simply ignored. Thanks to reinekia, it is possible to fill the soil space that it has around shrubs and large trees, as well as to plant it near vines and tree crops, doing this right next to them in tubs. The plant easily gets along with other plantings, it perfectly coexists with various cultures, without interfering with their development.Hence another undoubted advantage of this plant, which cannot be ignored just like that.
Due to its original origin, Reinekia perfectly tolerates shaded location and areas, and therefore the plant can be installed not only directly on the windowsills themselves, but in general in the very depths of the apartment, periodically transferring the plantings closer to the light so that they adapt and saturate a little with it. But reinekia will feel great on windows that have a north and west orientation, but the plant must be protected from direct sunlight, as they can provoke burns on the green part of the plant, which will affect not only its external characteristics, but also and on his general health. Therefore, here it is still worth calculating the possible options for planting placement, so that the plant opens up entirely and demonstrates its decorative abilities and general potential.
Room Reinekia: photo
But still, indoor reinekia is best revealed precisely in partial shade, at some, but insignificant distance from windows and window sills. If suddenly the plant experiences discomfort, there will be an overabundance or general lack of lighting, then all this will immediately affect the general appearance of the plant. So, the color will begin to gradually change, brown spots will appear on the leaves and stems, which will immediately become a sign that something is wrong with the plant, that the plant is experiencing some kind of discomfort, which should be immediately addressed and the source should be eliminated such negative manifestations. You can try to put Reinekia in a stronger shaded place, or move the plant a little closer to the window opening. Then the plant can fit into some other areas of the interior, which will also help the gardener decorate his space.
In the winter season, the plant can be located in its original place, while it can begin to stretch very actively and slightly bare. It is best to move the plant to more lighted areas so that regardless of the season, the lighting level remains exactly the same. As for overwintering, in principle, the plant can easily overwinter on the windowsill, but it should be borne in mind that even at this time of the year the plant should in no case fall under the direct rays of the sun, otherwise the reaction will be exactly the same as we described a little higher. Reinekia can be planted as a neighbor to some other crops, and it can also be planted as a separate single crop. It is great for decorating and decorating containers of unusual shape and appearance, as well as floral ones. But in general, Reinekia is a versatile, modern plant that can fit into any interior and decorate absolutely any place and site. In addition, thanks to Reinekia, you can create interesting textures in landscaping, control and make some very bright and decorative accents with the help of this bush. Therefore, it is worth paying special attention to it, because unpretentiousness goes well with an incredibly attractive appearance, and this is already a huge advantage over many other crops and plantings.
The plant is remarkably adaptable in the event of sudden jumps and changes in temperature, and can, in principle, take root in a wide variety of conditions. The plant feels great in a winter garden, where the gardener controls the temperature indicators, but it also takes root well in room conditions, where it is not always possible to observe the microclimate and ideal temperature and not only indicators. Moderate temperatures help Reinekia to show more vigorous growth and development.The plant really pleases not only with the rate of active growth, but also with the fact that it demonstrates the maximum of its decorative effect. This usually occurs at temperatures between 18 and 23 degrees. But the heat can also be tolerated normally by this culture, which should also be borne in mind when choosing a place for planting and creating a microclimate for Reinekia.
Room Reinekia: photo
A high level of decorativeness of room Reinekia can also persist in the event that the air temperature suddenly drops, and this mainly applies to the winter season. The culture as a whole will adapt perfectly over a temperature range of 14 to 16 degrees. If the temperature drops below 10 degrees, then the plant may die, so this should definitely not be allowed. Reinekia quite calmly tolerates drafts, but in order for the leaves to retain their brightness and decorative effect, it is best to grow the plant in a stable established microclimate and constantly make sure that the plant receives everything that it just needs for normal growth and development. It is not necessary to plant it in the fresh air in the summer, as this can lead to the fact that the plant will not grow so steadily due to too intensive growth and lighting. But in principle, sometimes Reineiki should also be slightly fed by sunlight and energy, so you can sometimes afford to take the plant to more illuminated areas.
Reinekia is not a plant that will be afraid of sudden gusts of wind and drafts, but still the plant needs a stable environment in order to show all its decorativeness, and to feel as comfortable as possible. Reinekia is also recommended for growing to those gardeners and flower growers who do not yet have experience in this activity, as well as those who, in principle, cannot devote too much time to caring for the plant in indoor conditions. Reinekia is completely unpretentious, it just needs to be watered very carefully, and also occasionally fertilize and fertilize. In order for the grower to have no problems in growing, it is enough to observe the plant and make some adjustments in time that relate to caring activities.
The plant reacts favorably to moisture, and therefore it can be attributed to crops that love watering. But it is worth avoiding extremes - too severe drought or stagnation of water in the soil, as this can lead to negative consequences. For example, if the humidity is very high, the root system will gradually rot and the rot will spread to other parts of the planting. If the soil is allowed to dry out, then this will lead to the fact that the planting will wither and die. The frequency of watering can be independently adjusted by monitoring how intensively the topsoil dries out. After watering, it is recommended to immediately drain water from the pallets so that it does not accumulate there and does not lead to plant decay. In the autumn-winter period, it is recommended to reduce watering so that the potted substrate dries out a little more than usual, and so that during the dormant period the plant experiences as little interference from the grower as possible.
Room Reinekia: photo
Reinekia is considered a plant that responds well to spraying from the side. At the same time, the plant can put up with too dry air, but in a hot period, when the plant shows active growth of the leafy part, and at this time it is just necessary to spray as often as possible. As part of caring activities, the plant should also be cleaned of accumulated dust and dirt, which is located directly on the leaves. It will be enough to regularly wipe large leaves with a damp sponge or cloth, and at the same time, you should not allow dirt to accumulate.This will not only negatively affect the general appearance of the plant, but can also harm its condition too much - immunity will decrease, signs of wilting will begin and that the plant needs some additional caring measures. In this case, it is only necessary to manually remove the pollution, since the plant in no case should be watered from the shower or arrange water procedures.
Reinekia is a plant that absolutely does not tolerate an excess of fertilizers and top dressing. If the gardener overdoes it in this regard, then the plant may lose all the exoticism of its color, growth will not be so active, the leaves may be discarded. Fertilizers should not be applied very often - once a month will be quite enough, for this half a portion of the prescribed drugs and funds is taken, during the rest period, in the autumn-winter time, Reinekia should not be fed, since at this time the plant, in principle, is in the stage when it doesn't want to be bothered in any way. For this, it is better for the plant to choose the most versatile fertilizer that will suit a wide variety of crops.
As for pruning, for this ground cover it is necessary to remove only damaged leaves. They need to be cut off carefully, with a sharp, sharpened knife, which has also been disinfected. After each cut, it is also worth disinfecting so as not to spread bacteria or some kind of negative spores. It is worth replanting the plant only when the turf completely fills the space of the container in which the plant grows. Reinekia has a peculiarity - it can grow very quickly in breadth, it can cover all the free space, but usually the plant does not need an annual transplant, so that the gardener can save enough of his time and physical strength for this. If a florist has planned a transplant, then it is recommended to carry it out during the spring months. In this case, in no case should you take the first container that comes across, the plant must be grown only in very wide and not very deep containers. Due to this, the plant can grow well in breadth.
Room Reinekia: photo
Indoor plant reinekia is able to be content with any soil of any quality. The plant can also be planted in a very versatile substrate, in mixtures intended for decorative deciduous plants. Also, a gardener can make an earth mixture on his own, for this it is necessary to take soil with a neutral reaction. The soil should be sufficiently loose, conduct moisture and oxygen, while the lightness and nutritional value of the mixture is welcomed. For Reinekia, they make up the soil mixture on their own. It consists of peat and leafy soil, as well as coarse grained sand. The crop can also be used to grow Reinekia hydroponically. Artificial soil is also suitable, while the plant will grow fastest in an ion exchanger and in hydroponics, where Reinekia also feels its ability to grow in breadth.
Reinekia is resistant to pests, but as for diseases, they can infect Reinekia very often. In particular, this planting can be affected by rot if the plant experiences an excess of moisture in the soil. It is possible to fight decay only through a gradual correction of care. The soil is dried, you can also carry out an emergency plant transplant, and the root system is treated with insecticides in order to eliminate the risks of future development of rot in the root part of the plant. There are also several problems that the grower faces when growing Reinekia:
- leaves can show active yellowing - this happens if the grower introduces too much liquid when watering
- during the period of dampness, the plant can completely discard the foliage
- the leaves are deformed and dry out.This is especially due to the fact that the plant experiences an excess of nutrients and minerals.
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Still, growing new bushes is not an easy task. The plant is not cuttings; at home, the gardener is unlikely to be able to provide the plant with all favorable conditions for reproduction. Therefore, the only available way to propagate Reinekia is that adult bushes are divided into several parts. Typically, a plant divides when it reaches four to six years of age. It is recommended to divide the bush when transplanting a plant from one container to another. Rhizomes can be divided into parts, from two to three leaves should remain on them. Plants are also divided into voluminous and viable divisions, and along with the reproduction process, the bushes also rejuvenate, acquire more strength and energy to further demonstrate growth, development, flowering again. Of course, if all the conditions of agricultural technology are observed and the plant is maintained at least minimally, then the best results in its growth and development can be achieved.
Indoor Reinekia: video about the plant