Alexandrinos, the Christmas Flower

When it comes to Christmas, the Alexandrite, the impressive flower with the characteristic red leaves has its honor. Also known as poinsettia or “star of Bethlehem,” Alexandris symbolizes the holiday season of Christmas and every December we find it in most homes. Originally from Mexico, poinsettia owes its name to an American ambassador who, two centuries ago, took the flower in its own country and gradually spread throughout the world. Let’s look at the most important tips to take care of the Alexandrinos to keep it bright and beautiful on the holidays, as well as to keep it up until Christmas.

Where do we put Alexandrinus in the house?

We place the Alexandrinos in the  living room; or in another bright interior of our home, to the point where it does not directly accept the sun’s rays that can cause burns and fade its leaves. We avoid very shady places because the leaves of the Alexandrinos will lose their intense red coloration. Alexandrinos must be away from currents and frost, away from frozen glass, and away from radiators to avoid twisting of the Alexandrite leaves and extensive defoliation.

When do we transplant Alexandros into a new pot or soil?

During the spring season, we can transplant Alexandros into a larger flower pot or to the soil of our garden. Especially, if planted in southern areas with mild winter, the Alexandrine can be left out of the year without the need for special protection and can reach a height of three meters. To transplant the Alexandrinos into a pot, we use a light soil that ensures good drainage and put a layer of pebbles or gravel on the pot base.

What needs to watering and lubrication has Alexandrinos?

Regarding the needs of Alexandrinos in water, during the festive season, we usually water every 4-5 days after the soil dries in the pot. During spring and autumn, we water Alexandrine 2 times a week and during summer every 2 days. Alexandrinos does not need fertilizer during the winter season. For the Alexandrinos we have in a pot, we add a special liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, once a month from March to October, to maintain its growth. If the Alexandrinos have been planted in the garden, we add granular fertilizer in early spring and early autumn

How do we prune the Alexandrinos and multiply it?

After the festivities, when the red leaves of the Alexandrinos begin to fall, we prune slightly the tops of the plant to develop new vegetation. In order to create denser and compact foliage in Alexandrinos, we make the second clip in May. If we want to create new Alexandrinos plants, during the spring we cut cuttings 15 cm long from;the top of the plant and plan them in pots. To increase the success rate of grafting, it is advisable to use rooting hormone.

And a secret about Alexandrinos

In order to get the reddish-colored leaves again, we will need to keep it for several hours in the dark in the autumn. Specifically, Alexandrin as a small photoperiod plant needs little exposure to the sun, so we cover it daily for 12-14 hours with a dark fabric in October and November. In this way, the leaves of the Alexandrinos will gain the desired purple color in the Christmas holidays and we will be able to decorate it again in our living room.

We plant louvers on the balcony

Honeysuckle is a characteristic variety of lettuce with a large open, thistle head and leaves curly and tender, of light green or reddish color. We can plant it on our balcony or on the terrace, in pots and flowerpots, as well as in improvised constructions made of recycled materials. We use wooden boxes and crates, cut barrels, old water heaters or whatever else is available to be withdrawn.

What conditions does the lolly want on the balcony?

Honeysuckle is a cold season that grows best in low-temperature conditions. The ideal growth temperature is 14-19 ° C, while high temperatures cause premature growth of flowering shoots. When planted;in autumn, winter, and spring, we look for a sunny position on the balcony while in the summer months shadier. We also choose;a relatively sheltered location from the strong winds of the winter. It should be noted that the lobster is less tolerant at the very low temperatures than the classic lettuce, of the Roman variety.

What background does the lolly want on the balcony?

Regarding the substrate for lilac lettuce, it must be of medium consistency, fertile, rich in organic matter, moisture and good drainage. We can supply special vegetable garden plants from agronomic shops or garden centers, but we can also make our own recipe. Peat 60%, 20% dissolved manure, 10% compost and 10% perlite. Always, on the base of the flower pot or pot, put a layer of 2-3 cm gravel to ensure good drainage and place a geotextile separating the gravels with the planting substrate.

How do we plant the litter on the balcony?

If we want to plant lilac seeds, we can do it all year round, except in the summer months. Place the seeds at a depth of planting between 0.5-1.0 cm, cover them with soil and spray to provide moisture lightly each day. The optimum temperature for the germination of the lettuce seeds ranges between 15 – 21 ° C. The seeds germinate in 7-10 days and after 20-30 days, when our young plants have developed 3 to 4 real leaves, they are ready for transplantation. We plant in low gardens and lots of depth, 20-30cm, at distances 20-30cm between plants.

What watering and lubrication do lolls want on the balcony?

Lettuce needs frequent watering as we must keep their substrate relatively moist. Excessive humidity may have opposite effects and cause disease development problems. The most critical period is during the initial growth of plants and we need to ensure uniform moisture at a depth of 10-15 cm. The frequency of watering is higher during periods of high temperatures to cool the leaves of the lion and not to quickly develop the flowering stem. With regard to fertilization, we incorporate well-drained manure or nitrogen fertilizer every 20-30 days, peripherally, 5 inches away from the lion’s plants. One tablespoon of manure or one tablespoon of organic fertilizer is sufficient quality.

When do we harvest the lochs?

The lobsters are harvested 2-3 months from sowing, depending on the conditions prevailing by cutting the whole plant from the root with a knife. Alternatively, during the winter months, we can gradually cut the larch’s peripheral leaves that have already grown and leave them centrally to get a larger size and cut them in a subsequent harvest. We can not do this during the summer months, where we harvest the lochies directly, because we will have the flowering of the flowering shoots and the loss will not give us tender new leaves.