How to care for chef
To accommodate cheflers, it is best to choose windows from the west or east side. Variegated varieties need a lot of light, they may need additional lighting. Varieties with green leaves are able to tolerate shading; they are suitable for growing on northern windows.
When choosing a place, it should be borne in mind that the chef is rather quickly pulled to a height. With a lack of light, the leaves of the plant become pale, and when it is abundant, bright spots appear on them.
The soil should be fertile, permeable and light, it is prepared from compost and greenhouse earth, as well as fibrous peat, adding coarse river sand. At the bottom of the pot you need to make a good drainage, you can use small pieces of clay to create it.
The optimal temperature for growing cheflers is + 18-22 ° C, if it is higher or lower, the leaves may begin to fall off. Dry rooms for this plant are not suitable, should not be placed near the central heating radiators.Regular sprays are useful, they need to be done twice a day all year round.
For irrigation and spraying, use only distilled water at room temperature. Drying or over-wetting the earthy coma for cheflers is harmful. In winter, watering is limited. In case of insufficient watering or too dry air, the tips of the leaves of the plant turn brown.
If brown spots appear on the leaves of the chefs, this indicates that the soil is too wet. You can put the pot on a tray with wet pebbles or expanded clay, so you protect the plant from drying out and excessive moisture, from which roots can rot.
In the period from April to October, it is recommended to feed the chefler with liquid fertilizer containing phosphorus and nitrogen. It is undesirable to make drugs that contain magnesium, zinc, copper, boron and molybdenum, they negatively affect the growth of the plant. Fertilizers do every 2-3 weeks, for this liquid fertilizer is dissolved in water. Feeding should be stopped in winter.
Transplantation of adult plants is carried out once every 2-3 years; it is best to do this in spring. Young copies are transplanted annually,each time choosing a pot 20-30 cm larger than the previous one. If you want to get a large plant, the capacity for it should be spacious. Sheflera does not require systematic pruning, as necessary, remove dried and damaged leaves that violate the shape of the crown.