Advice 1: How to propagate the Decembrist

Well-groomed and properly cultivated schlumbergera schlumbergera truncated or nuclei (it is these types of in preference of Russian growers), more popularly known under the name of the Decembrist or zigokaktus, always impresses its owners with lush flowering in the winter months. According to statements by psychologists, this flower helps to survive the long winter lonely and prone to depression people. For this alone, he can say thank you. True fans of the Decembrist always happy to share my flower with those who do not. To multiply it simply.
Instruction
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Wait until the Decembrist flourish (usually late February), and separate multiple final fragments (cuttings) of the plant. Each of them should have 2-3 segments. They separated very easily.
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Put the cuttings on the paper and leave them for 1-2 days for podvyalivaniya in dark but well ventilated place.
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While the cuttings podvyalivayut, prepare the ground. Take 1 part of leaf, turf and peat lands, 1 part river sand, and some brick chips. At the bottom of the pot arrange the drainage of expanded clay. If it is not possible to prepare the soil yourself, buy in a specialty store prepared the ground for cacti. Pour the ground in the large and shallow pot.
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Place cuttings in moist land vertically, not buried (as they must be to stand on the surface of the earth). To speed up the rooting process, you can cover the pot with foil or jar. Do not forget from time to time to ventilate landing. Irrigation with warm water is moderate, no need to shed all the layers of the earth to the drainage.
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As soon as you see the cuttings on the emergence of new segments, remove the film and start to take care of a Decembrist, as for adult plants. That is, water to defend water at room temperature (flower does not tolerate cold water), do not allow excess moisture to avoid rotting and dying roots.

Advice 2: How to water the Decembrist

The Decemberists make their owners happy delicate flowers at a time when other plants are experiencing a period of winter sleep. To provide an enabling environment this will not be difficult if properly withstand the temperature and light conditions. An important role is played by the volume of irrigation, which changes with the seasons.
Instruction
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Winter is an especially important time for the Decembrist, because that's when he gathers the buds and blooms. Give your plant regular watering and fertilize with a fertilizer designed for cacti. Colors is expected in December or January. In the period when the Decembrist gain buds, the attitude should be especially careful. You cannot change the habitual conditions of the flower, as for the temperature, abundance of light and volume of irrigation. The pot is also better not to budge. Since February, gradually reduce watering and move the plant in a dark cooler place. Hibernation this flower lasts from February to mid–late March. At this time, the Decembrist gaining strength before the next season.
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In the spring go back to the previous amount of watering. Although the Decembrist and belongs to the cactus, he is not so well able to store water, so needs almost in the same mode of irrigation, and a variety of deciduous plants. To determine whether the Decembrist water on the upper layer of the soil. However, a more reliable way to be immersed in the earth a wooden stick or a finger to determine the moisture content of the deeper layers. Excess water can cause the roots will rot and the plant will wither.
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Summer needs of the Decembrist is largely dependent on air temperature. Flower likes bright light and warmth. Direct sunlight should be avoided, so it is better to hide the pot for the window tulle which diffuses the light. Remember that the hotter the room the faster it will dry the soil is and the more the plant will need watering. To Decembrist grow up healthy and strong, use "soft" water.
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The fall of the Decembrist is preparing to bloom. The volume of irrigation should be gradually reduced and the temperature reduced to 12 – 14 degrees. Don't be afraid to perepoloshit flower. Despite its replaybility, Decembrist easily tolerate "cold" up to 9 – 10 degrees. The lack of water and the cool air will help new ovaries formed. Again, increase watering can with the month of November, thus raising the temperature up to 15 degrees.
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In addition to regular irrigation, regular spraying of the Decembrists. Useful and wash the plant with warm water.
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Immediately after separation from the parent plant to put the cuttings in the water where they will quickly produce roots. However, growers have noted that slightly dried in the air painless root cuttings in the pot.

If you plant in a pot several cuttings (5-6), the Decembrist grow a lush Bush, but during flowering is more spectacular.
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