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Mother-in-law's tongue, a plant with a particular shape that is up to each of us to connect with this name. It has narrow and toothed stems, is not provided with branches and when it blooms it attracts attention. In fact, its flowers have bright colors and are composed of numerous petals that create a volume effect hardly negligible in a garden, on a balcony or in a flower bed.
Mother-in-law's tongue: flower
As mentioned the mother-in-law's tongue flower has gods bright colors and several petals, it opens only during the day and can have different colors, from white to yellow, to red, to pink to salmon. The most classic is creamy white and trumpet-shaped, with dimensions that vary even with the arrival of hybrids, which are easier to grow and flower more easily.
There are varieties with very special characteristics such as for example the "Cooperi" and the "Kimnachi" which produce white, fragrant flowers that open at noon and last only 24 hours while the Dreamland which also lasts 5 days.
There are also some varieties that bloom at night and which have been used by varietal researchers to create hybrids that have larger and longer lasting corollas.
Mother-in-law's tongue: plant
Also note as Epiphyllum, this plant has exotic origins and belongs to Cactaceae family, we find it spontaneously in the tropical forests of Central America.
There Mother-in-law's tongue, being epiphytic, it develops on other plants to survive and through them it is able to feed, otherwise it would not survive. We also reveal the origin of its nice name: according to popular belief it it would grow in proportion to the mother-in-law's ability to talk behind gender. And indeed this mother-in-law's tongue often grows very fast.
Mother-in-law's tongue: photo
Mother-in-law's tongue: yellow leaves
When the mother-in-law's tongue shows yellow leaves it means that it is sick or not well kept. It is not often that she gets sick or that parasites attack her but it can happen and it is good to notice it as soon as possible. Among his worst enemies there is certainly the Mealy Cochineal, to hunt it it is necessary to use cotton soaked in alcohol and gently wipe the leaves. To make our mother-in-law's tongue grow in the best conditions, we also take care to fix it in moist soil and in a brighter place.
Mother-in-law's tongue: reproduction
By multiplying the Mother-in-law's tongue usually proceed by cuttings: take a portion of the plant in summer and then keep it sheltered for about a week so that the cut heals, then you can proceed by planting the cutting in a mix of fertile earth and sand looking for to always keep it moist. This is useful it usually takes a couple of weeks for the plant to take root.
For those who want to start cultivating their mother-in-law language, there are on Amazon potted specimens on sale for less than 10 euros.
Flowering mother-in-law's tongue
This plant is used to tropical climates so it blooms best if it is found in humid environments and if it is not hit by direct sun for too many hours. For its development, the temperature ranges from 10 to 20 degreestoo cold can kill it, too hot can't.
Flowering of the mother-in-law's tongue requires frequent watering in summer but not between November and March to avoid the risk of rotting the roots. Always to favor a beautiful flowering, it is better to fertilize the plant but in the period between spring and summer.
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