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Classification, origin and description
Common name: Codonanthe.
provenance: Central-South America.
Genre description: includes about ten species of evergreen plants, epiphytes. Some species are well suited for hanging baskets, especially in verandas.
Fleshy Codonanthe (photo www.robsviolet.com)
Species and varieties
Fleshy codonanthe: has thin, scarcely branched stems, up to 40-50 cm long, climbing or prostrate, which tend to lignify over the years; the small oval leaves are alternate, slightly fleshy, waxy.
Codonanthe crassifolia: tropical plant; it has red-tinged stems that turn woody; leaves are paripinnate, leathery and somewhat succulent; white and reddish trumpet flowers inside.
Environmental requirements, substrate, fertilizations and special precautions
Temperature: they fear the cold, even if they can withstand temperatures close to 5-6 ° C, therefore in areas with very mild winters they can be placed in the garden in a shady place.
Light: bright and warm all year round, but not in the sun.
Watering and environmental humidity: water regularly, avoiding water stagnation and letting the soil dry slightly between waterings.
Substrate: universal potting soil mixed with polystyrene balls for better aeration.
Special fertilizations and tricks: from March to August, administer light doses of fertilizer every two weeks.
They can be multiplied by not yet lignified cutting (with at least 3 pairs of leaves) at the beginning of summer, simply by planting the cuttings in moist substrate. Large plants can also be divided. They multiply by seed in spring.
Diseases, pests and adversities
Aphids, buds falling due to displacements, temperature changes, excess or lack of water.