The crown of fame is a very robust plant that even forgives care mistakes. With improper care, deficiency symptoms can quickly occur.© RukiMedia - Fotolia.com
The natural distribution area of the Crown of Glory (Gloriosa superba) is in Southeast Asia and the tropical regions of Africa. The plant can be found outdoors in Kenya, Indonesia, Nepal, South Africa or Tanzania. The climbing plant can reach heights of up to two meters. In our latitudes, the bizarre plant is mostly kept in pots and tubs.
The crown of fame is a fairly robust plant, which has adapted to its location conditions and also survives longer dry periods. Thickened rhizomes, which are able to store water and nutrients, help the plant. Since the crown of fame forgives one or two maintenance mistakes, the climbing plant is also well suited for the rather inexperienced hobby gardener. Nevertheless, due to incorrect location or maintenance errors, deficiency symptoms can occur, which inhibit the growth and flowering of the plant. The crown of fame is often not spared from pest infestation.
Danger from waterlogging
Although the plant needs plenty of water, waterlogging can be dangerous. The water must always be able to drain freely. With container plants, you should immediately remove excess water from the pots. If the crown of fame is too wet for a long period of time, the roots may rot. The soil should not dry out between waterings.
You can use a wick or an irrigation mat to ensure even watering, but also avoid waterlogging in return. So the plant can supply itself with the necessary water and is spared from waterlogging. It also contributes to plant health and optimal water supply by spraying the plant with water on hot days. However, you must make sure that it is low-lime water.
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Humidity is important
Crowns of fame need a humidity of around 60%. Then healthy growth is ensured. Brown and dried leaves are usually the result of air that is too dry. This is especially the case if you have placed the plant near a radiator. Frequent spraying can help prevent plant damage caused by low humidity.
Crown of fame under temperature stress
Temperatures around 20 degrees are beneficial for the optimal development of the plant. After winter you can drive the tubers at around 25 degrees. Temperature fluctuations put the plant under stress. Excessively high temperatures lead to yellowing and withering of the leaves. On the other hand, if the plant gets cold feet, the leaves hang limply and appear soft and almost transparent.
Recognize a lack of nutrients in the crown of fame
If the leaves of the crown of fame change color, a lack of nutrients can also be the cause. A lack of nitrogen is particularly noticeable in this way. Nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizers can help here. You should only give fertilizer during the growing season. From the new shoots in spring, you can supply the plants with nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer every two weeks.
Pest attack on the crown of fame
Occasionally the plant is attacked by aphids or by the common spider mite. Recognized in time, you can take targeted action against the pests and the plant will not be harmed.
❍ Aphids on the way
Regular inspection of the plant immediately catches aphids. Especially when the plant has been exposed to temperature stress, it is susceptible to plant pests. If you recognize an infestation, quick action is necessary because aphids reproduce rapidly and produce offspring 14 days after the infestation. A female can produce up to 100 aphid babies. Infestation can be identified by:
- sticky coating on the leaves
- white waste products by skinning the aphids
- Leaves turn black
- Flowers do not develop fully
- Growth is lagging behind
- rolled up leaves
If the infestation has not progressed, it is usually sufficient to treat the plant with a hard water jet. It is important to ensure that the soil in the plant pot is not rinsed out by the water pressure. This can be prevented by stowing the plant pot in a plastic bag.
❍ Spider mite infestation
If the plant is affected by spider mites, this will be particularly evident on the edges of the leaves and in the leaf axes. The pests prick the underside of the leaves and suck out the plant sap. A closer look reveals silvery shimmering spots on the top of the affected leaves. In the advanced stage, the leaves turn yellow and eventually fall off. Warm and dry heating air can favor the infestation. A shower with a powerful water jet can minimize the infestation by about 90%. Otherwise these home remedies help:
- nettle liquid manure
- neem oil
You should use the soapy water to clean the leaves. However, you should water the plant with garlic, onion or nettle stock.
Prevent diseases with the right care
If the crown of fame gets the right location and is poured and hibernated as needed, hardly any diseases will occur or pests will be noticeable. Care mistakes are the most common problem of the plant. These are increasingly in:
- too little or too much water
- too warm or too cold
- to a dry stand
- or looking for drafts.