Information About Crypts Plants

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Cryptocoryne Plant Info – How To Grow Aquatic Crypts Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What are crypts? Aquatic crypts have been a popular aquarium plant for several decades. To learn more, click the following article.

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Planting and re-potting Vriesea

Vriesea, like all other Bromeliaceae plants, requires soil that is sufficiently rich and very well-drained to grow well.

Special Bromeliaceae soil mix is the best solution but you can also opt for flower plant soil mix and layer the bottom with a thick drainage medium.

  • Vriesea never grows far-reaching roots, which is why a small pot, about 4 inches (10 cm) across and deep, is more than enough.
  • You will only need to repot when you want to split new shoots from the main plant.

Repotting vriesea

If you wish to repot your vriesea, wait for the blooming to end.

  • Vriesea roots hate having too much water.
    Double-check that the new pot has a hole in the bottom.
    Increase drainage with a layer of gravel or clay pebbles along the bottom of the pot, to make water flow through more easily.
  • Good soil mix is needed. Usually, stores offer special Bromeliaceae potting soil for sale, you can use that if possible.
    The plant, when it lives indoors, needs soil mix because that is the only source for the nutrients it needs.
  • Low but constant moisture levels must be maintained, which you can ensure if you spray the leaves often.
    You must rest the pot on a bed of gravel, rocks or clay marbles doused in water.

Tolerance and Susceptibility

The Brown Turkey fig is susceptible to a variety of problems, including fig mosaic, pink blight, leaf blight, rust, and fruit souring. Fig mosaic is a virus that starts as a yellow-spotted pattern and ultimately stunts foliage and fruit growth. Pink blight is a fungus that starts out as a white or pink velvety coating on sick or dead branches. It eventually spreads to healthy areas of the tree and stunts growth.

Leaf blight is a disease characterized by yellow, water-soaked spots that spread and dry out, leaving behind a papery surface. It causes holes to form in the leaves, and in severe cases, turns the leaves brown and kills the tree. Rust is another major fungal disease that causes leaves to turn yellow or brown and drop, and yeast causes the delicious figs to sour on the tree and ooze or bubble liquid that smells like fermentation.

Wildlife Threats

Insects are the biggest threat to Brown Turkey fig trees because many of them cause the diseases described above. Fig mites are responsible for fig mosaic, and vinegar flies and dried fruit beetles cause fruit souring. You can prevent these pests naturally with neem oil, horticultural oil, or insecticidal soap.

Birds and bats can steal figs off your tree during the harvesting season. You can purchase wire baskets to put around the tree to keep these animals out.

Watch the video: Cryptocoryne Balansae species profile.