The codium is an extremely beautiful plant, embodying all the more wonderful colors of autumn.
It is not impressive because of its small flowers, which appear really rarely in home conditions. Codium attracts attention because of its incredible leaf colors. It's like you have all the shades of autumn leaves in a pot. Amazing decoration!
Codium has beautiful multi-colored leaves that combine the entire warm range from green, through yellow, orange, red and even brown. The horizontal stripes are characteristic, which make the leaves even more interesting and eye-catching.
Codium is not easy to grow. You should be prepared for this when you decide to grow it at home.
Location and Light
A lot of light is needed to enjoy all these colors. Therefore, place the codium in the brightest possible place in your home that receives direct light. Light shading is required only on the hottest summer days. The rest of the time, and especially in winter, when the light is scarce, you should keep the codium in the lightest room of your home.
Codium does not like too low and extremely hot temperatures. The optimal degrees in winter are around 18-20, which shows how much heat the codium needs.
Watering should be plentiful. Water every other day, as an indication of an urgent need for watering is the slight drying of the top layer of the soil. Abundant watering is required throughout the warm time of the year. Only in winter should it be watered less, but without allowing drying.
Another important condition for codium is that the water with which you water it is at room temperature. Avoid watering with ice water from the tap. Chlorine also kills the plant. Always have a bottle of water left for the purpose.
Air humidity is important for good growth and coloring of codium. To do this, spray the leaves from time to time, especially if the air in the room is too dry in the summer.
Since we mentioned the need for abundant watering, we must emphasize how important it is for the soil to have good drainage. All this water must drain well enough so that the root system of the codium does not rot.
It is best to arrange pebbles at the bottom of the pot to filter the water into the saucer of the plant.
The most suitable is the soil composed of equal parts of loam, sheet, peat and sand. Cultivation in garden soil is also allowed, but the results may not be completely satisfactory.
It is good to transplant the codium every 1-2 years. When the plant gets old, you can transplant it less often. It is good to do it in narrower containers, as codium does not like large pots.
Propagation is best done by. They are taken at the end of winter. They are placed in water or wet sand to grow root whiskers, then rooted in soil. It is important that the soil in which the young plants take root is warm. For this purpose, the use of special phytohormones is allowed, which increase its degrees.