The Rheo flower is ideal for beginner florists. First of all, Reo is not whimsical in leaving and therefore you will not need to worry much if, gaining experience, you do something wrong. It is an undemanding flower like cyperus, cactus or sansevier. But on the other hand, it is outwardly original and beautiful as dracaena. Often this houseplant is credited to one of the types of tradescantia, although this is a controversial issue. Reo is actually a close relative of Zebrins and Tradescantia, they all belong to the Commeline family. But some botanists believe, and it would be more correct, that such a flower forms its own separate genus Reo.
Flowers are produced by the Reo plant for almost a year. It has massive ornamental leaves that are deep purple in color and adores bright lighting. What is an unrepresentative flower? This plant will serve as a decoration for any interior: be it a respectable office or just a living room. And to care for him it will take very little time, only an hour from an hour Reo needs to be watered, sometimes fed, and after a while divided and transplanted.
How to care for a Reo flower at home
How to choose the best place... The plant is very fond of light, the south window is the most suitable place for it. But in the summer heat, Reo still needs to be shaded a little, otherwise the leaves will suffer from the rays of the sun.
Watering process... The flower likes the constantly moist soil, so it's okay if someone mistakenly waters it again. Handsome Reo grows remarkably when the earth is wet all the time in the warm season. But in winter, you need to be more careful with watering, you need to reduce them a little, but there should be no drying out. Watering is desirable with settled water, rainwater is even better suited for this. In winter, the flower must be watered with warm water. And yet, the flower does not like very much when water gets into the places on the stem, where the leaves are attached (internodes), you need to try so that this does not happen.
Well, it is understandable that if a plant is good at moisture, it develops well, accordingly, if it is regularly sprayed. An outdoor shower is a great way to keep a flower in good shape and cleanliness.
Plant feeding... In the summer season, from May to August, it is good to use complex fertilizing, a classic mineral fertilizer for decorative deciduous. In rare cases, organic matter can be used: tincture from egg shells and onion husks.
Reproduction of the Reo flower... The only and probably the most correct is the way of dividing the bush. If properly cared for, Rheo grows very quickly. This makes it possible to get new plants at any time of the year. Alternatively, rooting cuttings on the sides, they are there all the time, appear at the base. So there should be no problems with reproduction. Throughout the year, light small flowers appear, although they do not carry an important decorative value, but this is how anyone. The flower has no seeds.
Plant transplant... A similar flower grows in a group from time to time, children sprout from the soil. So Reo needs to be transplanted every year. For this purpose, it is better to use a pot wide rather than deep. You can prepare the land for planting yourself. To do this, you need to take: a part of the earth is clay-sod, the same amount of leaf and peat mixture, the same parts of sand and humus.
There must be drainage at the bottom. Although Rheo is a moisture-loving plant, there is a possibility of root rot from an excess of water or root mites can damage them. If you cannot make the mixture yourself, then you can purchase ready-made soil for decorative deciduous flowers.
Signs of flower disease... The leaves turn brown at the tips and then dry out. This is a 99% high probability that the reason is dry air. This mainly happens in the winter, when the central heating is switched on in the apartments. At this time, the flower must be very often sprayed or placed next to a bowl of water. This will help not only Reo, but all the plants that are nearby.
The edge of the leaf becomes brown, the leaf itself curls and eventually dries up from the lack of moisture. This can also happen from watering with cold water in the winter. It is necessary to water only with warm water and then the flower will be in complete order.
If the plant stretches strongly upward, the leaves have become few, and they are rarely located on the stem, then most likely there is not enough lighting. Another reason for this state of the flower is a lack of nutrients.
With abundant lighting, the motley color of the leaves fades away, the stripes along the leaf are barely visible. We urgently need to rearrange the flower where there is a little less light. The stems of the plant turn brown and become soft due to excess moisture. This happens most often in winter. In order not to lose the flower at all, not to let it die, you need to cut off the healthy part and put it in water or soil for rooting. Do not be afraid to transplant Reo in winter, if the flower is in danger, you need to save it.
Having familiarized yourself with these simple rules, you can successfully cultivate such a beautiful indoor flower as Reo!