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Evergreen perennial herbaceous plant native to central-southern America. Thick stems depart from thick stolons, sometimes covered by a light down, which bear numerous dark green leaves, thick and smooth, with a wavy edge; for most of the year numerous large flowers bloom, with a tubular shape, with a fringed white-colored margin; in A. punctata it is possible to notice numerous purple-brown dots in the inner part of the flower. These plants have quite simple cultivation, and in general they grow without problems even when they are neglected, the vegetation tends to be hanging or climbing, since the stolons tend to continuously widen, for this reason the alsobias are very suitable to be grown in hanging containers.
Place the albobia in a bright place, avoiding direct sunlight which could damage the plant; they can withstand temperatures close to 4-5 ° C, but only if the plant is allowed to go into vegetative rest during the cold months, thinning out the waterings starting in October. In the summer put in the shade, in a well ventilated place. Being houseplants, they still prefer mild temperatures and can suffer if exposed to drafts.
Water the asobia regularly, but do not overdo it, letting the soil dry slightly between one watering and another. From March to October, add fertilizer for flowering plants to the water, at least every 15-20 days. Beware of water stagnation that the plant does not tolerate.
The alsobia prefer light and loose soils, rich in organic matter and very well drained. In general they tend to occupy all the space they have available, therefore they opt for rather large vessels that allow the plant to develop the root system with ease. It is important to supply the albobia of the fertilizer starting from the spring season and throughout the summer. The fertilizer will be dissolved in the irrigation water and administered.
Throughout the year it is possible to remove parts of stolons with their respective radicles, which must be immediately repotted in a single container. In spring it is also possible to practice leaf or stem cuttings. In this case, it is a simple operation based on the cutting of fragments or twigs of the mother plant having at least 2-3 leaves. This technique is a zero-cost method of reproduction, as it is sufficient to have clean work tools at hand to make a clean cut of the chosen branch and you can proceed safely to the planting.
Alsobia: Pests and diseases
Cultivation in excessively humid or poorly ventilated areas may favor the attack of the cochineal. It is a tiny insect that feeds on the sap contained in the plant and can be eliminated with specific anti-parasite products. Other problems could be related to the fact that the plant does not receive enough light. In this case you will have rather long internodes. therefore it will be enough to place the plant in a brighter environment. Another consequence of the lack of light is the lack of flowering of the plant.