Indoor reeds, or Isolepis drooping
The main condition for the successful cultivation of indoor reeds is moisture, because it is a marsh herbaceous plant, which belongs to the sedge family. Scientific name - isolepis drooping (Isolepis cernua), sometimes also called reed drooping (Scirpus cernuus), sirpus drooping, and among the people - cuckoo's tears.
It looks like a very unusual plant that you can’t confuse with any other. The leaves of the reed are long and thin, like hair, giving it elegance. The maximum size of indoor reeds in the culture: height is 25-30 cm, the diameter of the bush is about 30 cm, and its shape is fountain-like - it seems to shoot from the soil with its many leaves-hairs.
Growing indoor reeds
Izolepis can be grown in hanging flowerpots as an ampel plant, as well as in winter gardens. Indoor reeds can also be used as a groundcover by planting around large-sized plants. With it create beautiful phytocompositions such as "swamp garden". Scirpuses are often sold in stores, the lower part of the stems of which is enclosed in plastic or bamboo tubes, so the plants look very decorative, resembling palm trees.
This is easy to do at home. The length of the tube should reach about half the height of the plant. Indoor reeds are pulled through the tube with their roots forward, which, like the top, should be free. Keep in mind that cats who eat its leaves are very fond of isolepis. Therefore, they can rightfully be considered pests of this plant along with spider mites and aphids, which can sometimes infect isolepis.
Caring for Isolepis Drooping
The plant is characterized by rapid aging (baldness). Therefore, each year in the spring, the scirpus is divided and transplanted into a wide shallow container, removing the old yellowed leaves. Earth mixture - sheet, turfy earth and sand (1: 2: 1). Young plants take root easily. From one indoor reed, you can get 5-7 young. But you should not divide it into many parts, since the root system of isolepis is poorly developed, and too small bushes will take root for a long time.
It is better to put indoor reeds in a well-lit place, because with a lack of light the leaves are very elongated, but it tolerates light partial shade. At the same time, under the influence of direct sunlight, the leaves burn out.
At low humidity, the tips of the leaves dry out. Do not forget to provide the reeds with “swamp” living conditions, for which there should always be a little water in the sump. By the way, for a scirpus it is better to choose a plastic pot - so that it does not deteriorate from the water. Water the plant with soft, settled water.
For normal growth and development, the plant needs monthly fertilizing with fertilizers that do not contain calcium.