Crowns of fame in themselves are fairly easy to care for. However, there are a few important points to consider when watering and fertilizing so that the plants can thrive.© kelifamily - Fotolia.com
The crown of fame (Gloriosa superba) can inspire as a quite robust plant, because the exotic from the tropics of Africa forgives inexperienced amateur gardeners so many minor maintenance mistakes. However, in order to be able to enjoy abundant flowering and healthy growth of the crown of fame, you should observe some care instructions regarding irrigation and fertilization.
The plant is generally quite well-armed against gardeners who are rather watery. The crown of fame can store moisture and nutrients in its thickened rhizomes and thus survive longer dry phases. However, you should not make this a habit, because if the plant is permanently weakened by a lack of water or nutrients, it becomes susceptible to diseases and pests.
What should be considered when pouring?
In order to create an ideal growth basis for the plant, you should keep it permanently moist. High humidity is at least as important. Especially during the growth phase, you should avoid longer periods of drought. The floor should not dry out. Nevertheless, it is important to water with care, because the plant does not get waterlogged. The water should always run off. This should also be noted for container plants. Even if the plant is under water in the planter for several minutes, it is at risk and the roots can rot quickly. Therefore, you must always check the planter for excess water. You should do this after each pouring process. These tricks help with optimal irrigation:
- Water the plant from above
- pay attention to the drainage of the water
- spray plants frequently in heat
- Use a wick or watering mat
- Do not let the floor dry out
- Immediately clear water jam in the planter
High humidity is important!
The crown of fame requires a humidity of between 50 and 60 percent. If this is ensured, the plant can develop appropriately and will thank you with abundant flowering. Air that is too dry quickly leads to brown leaf tips. The plant is particularly susceptible to this if you place it too close to a heater in the winter quarters.
If you keep the plant in a bucket, you can increase the humidity by placing the planter on a coaster that is filled with water and pebbles. The plant is so dry and can at the same time supply itself with the necessary air humidity via the evaporating water.
You should spray the plants regularly, especially on hot days. It is best to supply all parts of the plant with warm, stale water. The plant also tolerates spraying with clean and, if possible, filtered rainwater.
Avoid temperature fluctuations
The ambient temperature also has an influence on the casting behavior. The crown of fame loves constant temperatures and thrives best at room temperature. If the temperature fluctuates, the plant is under stress and this is indicated by yellow and withered leaves. Here it is important to control the casting behavior precisely. If the plant is too warm, it needs more water. Plants under cold stress should be watered sparingly. Plants in the growth phase have an increased need for water and nutrients.
Fertilize crown of fame - you should note that
The plant is fertilized only during the growing season, between March and September. You can add organic liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water once a week. Discoloration of the upper leaves can indicate a lack of nitrogen. In this case, you should use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. It is best to administer this in low concentration every second pouring process.
If the plant begins to wither, fertilizers should no longer be applied. If the first shoots appear in spring, it is time for the first fertilizer application after winter.