Crown of Glory: Detect and combat diseases and pests


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The crown of glory is a pretty robust plant that even forgives care mistakes. With wrong care but it can quickly come to deficiencies.

Diseases and pests in the crown of glory

The natural range of the crown of glory is in Southeast Asia and the tropical regions of Africa. In Kenya, Indonesia, Nepal, South Africa or Tanzania, the plant is found in the wild. The climber can reach heights of growth of up to two meters. In our latitudes, the bizarre plant is usually kept in pots and pots.

The crown of glory is a very robust plant, which has adapted to their site conditions and survive even longer dry periods. The plant helps thickened rhizomes, which are able to store water and nutrients. Since the crown of glory forgives one or the other care mistake, the climbing plant is also good for the rather inexperienced hobby gardener. However, deficiencies may occur due to improper location or care errors, which inhibit growth and flowering of the plant. Often, the crown of glory is not spared by a pest infestation.

Danger due to waterlogging

Although the plant needs plenty of water, waterlogging can be dangerous. The water must always be able to drain unhindered. With potted plants you should immediately remove excess water from the pots. If the crown of glory is too wet over a longer period, it can cause the roots to rot. Between the individual waterings, the soil should not dry out.

You can use a wick or irrigation mat to ensure even watering, but in return to prevent waterlogging. So the plant can provide itself with the necessary water and is spared from waterlogging. For plant health and optimum water supply it also helps to spray the plant on hot days with water. However, you must make sure that this is low-calcium water.

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Humidity is important

Glory Crowns need about 60% humidity. Then a healthy growth is ensured. Brown and withered leaves are usually the result of air drying. This is especially the case if you have set up the plant near a radiator. Frequent spraying can help prevent plant damage caused by low humidity.

Glory crown under temperature stress

Temperatures around 20 degrees are conducive to the optimal development of the plant. After the winter, you can drive the tubers at about 25 degrees. Temperature fluctuations put the plant under stress. Too high temperatures lead to a yellowing and the withering of the leaves. On the other hand, when the plant gets cold feet, the leaves hang limp and appear soft and almost transparent.

Detect nutrient deficiency in the Fame Crown

If the leaves of the crown of fame become discolored, a lack of nutrients can also be the cause. Nitrogen deficiency is particularly noticeable in this way. Nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer can help here. Fertilizers should only be given during the growing season. From the spring emergence, you can provide the plants with nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer every two weeks.

Pest infestation at the glory crown

Occasionally it comes with the plant to a pest infestation by aphids or by the common spider mite. In time, you can target the pests and the plant will not be harmed.

❍ aphids approaching

At the regular control of the plant aphids immediately catch the eye. Especially when exposed to temperature stress, the plant is susceptible to plant pests. Recognize an infestation, fast action is required, because aphids multiply rapidly and form already 14 days after the infestation offspring. A female can produce up to 100 aphid babies. An infestation can be recognized by:

  • sticky coating on the leaves
  • white waste products by hides of aphids
  • Leaves turn black
  • Flowers do not develop completely
  • Growth remains
  • rolled up leaves

If the infestation has not progressed, it is usually sufficient to treat the plant with a hard stream of water. It is important to ensure that the soil in the plant pot is not flushed out by the water pressure. This can be prevented if you stow the plant pot in a plastic bag.

❍ Affected by spider mites

If the plant is attacked by spider mites, this will be particularly evident at the edges of the leaves and in the axils of the leaves. The pests prick the underside of the leaves and suck the plant sap.At the top of the infested leaves then silvery shimmering points are on closer inspection to identify. In the advanced stage, the leaves turn yellow and finally fall off. Warm and dry heating air can promote the infestation. With a shower with a powerful jet of water you can minimize the infestation by about 90%. Otherwise, these home remedies help:

  • dishwater
  • soapsuds
  • Knoblauchsud
  • Aosis
  • nettle liquid manure
  • neem oil

The soapy water should be used to clean the leaves. With garlic, onion or stinging nettle you should pour the plant, however.

With the right care to prevent diseases

If the crown of glory receives the right location and is poured as needed and overwintered, hardly any diseases will set in or pests will be noticeable. Care mistakes are the most common problem of the plant. These are increasingly in:

  • too little or too much water
  • too warm or too cold
  • too dry
  • or to look for drafts.

Care 1 × 1 of the Fame Crown:

  • Plant the crown of glory properly
  • protected location
  • Protect leaves and flowers from direct sunlight
  • Year-round constant temperatures around 20 degrees
  • cut back in the fall
  • overwinter at about 12 degrees in a dark location
  • ensure high humidity
  • do not cause waterlogging
  • To offer trellis help
  • provide regularly with nitrogen-rich fertilizer

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