Last summer, I was lucky to visit the Gorzelenstroy greenhouses in the city of Tver. Here, among all kinds of indoor flowers, my attention was attracted by green balls, which literally strewn the ground in the planting room. It turned out that this outlandish plant belongs to the family Asteraceae, or Astrovidae, and is called the Savior of the Rowley (Senecio rowleyanus). I drove home with prey - a few peas in a small clay pot.
In the books, she read that Rowley’s godson has rather close relatives - Gerrain’s godson (Senecio herrejanus) with egg-shaped leaves and lemon-shaped godson (Senecio citriformis) with oblong leaves, similar to lemon fruits. All of them come from South-West Africa, where drought is not uncommon, and there is nothing left for plants but to accumulate moisture in leaves, which for this had to become so juicy and fleshy.
When I learned that Rowley's godson prefers a sunny place, sparse watering and poor soil, I honestly was delighted, because it was not my plan to spend a lot of time caring for potted flowers. However, it was still decided to transplant the plant into new soil. The mixture prepared light and non-greasy, such as cacti like: leaf humus - 40%, loam - 40%, sand and gravel - 20%. I picked up a new container - a small plastic brown coffee cup, in the bottom of which the husband drilled a couple of holes to drain excess water. Of course, you could leave the old pot too, but the cup fit more successfully into the interior. However, less than six months have passed, when the clay pot was again replaced by a clay pot, albeit of a larger size.
The winter rest at the Rowley's godson should take place at 10-14 ° and with almost no watering. But it is difficult to maintain such a low temperature in the room, so it was necessary to water often, as the earthen coma dried up. Sometimes, on cloudy days, I didn’t take up the watering can, I just sprayed it so that the shoots did not start to grow and did not stretch out due to lack of lighting.
Spring came, the sun's rays began to dry out the soil faster, and my godson woke up, so that watering became more plentiful. She fed the plant with floral mineral fertilizer, adding 2 times more water to it than indicated in the instructions. Fertilizing was rarely done - once a month, for the spring-summer period it turned out 4 times. So that the peas were evenly spaced, I turned the pot so that the light fell from different sides. In summer, long lashes grew, and it became possible to separate the cuttings - pieces of shoots. I removed two lower leaves on them and planted them in the same substrate as adult plants. The roots appeared quickly enough.
By next spring, the cross was turned into a beautiful adult plant and bloomed! Small white flowers gave off a pleasant faint clove-cinnamon aroma.
In general, I got accustomed to Rowley's godson. Incidentally, he is not only good in itself, but can also serve as a “rug” for cacti and other succulents. This cute and unpretentious plant is convenient for those who have little time to spend time caring for indoor flowers, and, above all, for those who often travel.
- A. Soloviev