Family composed of about 15 species, originating in Central America, New Zealand and Australia; they are fairly fast growing plants, they develop ground cover cushions only a few centimeters high, but up to 30-40 cm wide, often growing they become hanging, overflowing from the vase.
The Nertera granadensis has very small leaves, of different colors, depending on the species, from dark green to very light green, also variegated; small flowers, insignificant, white, and decorative berries, from orange to red, which appear in summer and remain on the plant for several months.
The Nertera granadensis loves half-shaded but bright locations, far from direct sunlight, to avoid burns to the leaves and excessive dryness of the soil.
These plants are good for growing in mild areas, as they do not like temperatures below 7 degrees in winter, while in spring the ideal temperature should be around 18 ° C. For this reason they are grown as houseplants; in spring, however, they can be placed outdoors, choosing a bright place but not exposed to direct sunlight.
It is good to always keep the soil moist, without exceeding; it is advisable to add water in the saucer from spring to autumn, reducing the amount of water in winter; never water the leaves, which rot easily when in contact with water. Avoid stagnant water that can lead to the decay of the roots and consequently of the entire plant.
Add fertilizer for green plants every 15-20 days during the growing season.
The Nertera granadensis prefers sandy, well-drained and very light soils; the root system is not very deep, so it can also be cultivated in pots with little soil or low; it is advisable to place it in very tall containers if you wish to develop its appearance. It is a plant that presents a rapid growth, for this reason it is to foresee an annual repotting in the spring period.
It is possible to sow small berries of Nertera granadensis, after leaving them to dry, in spring, in a mixture of soil and sand in equal parts. In autumn, on the other hand, you can proceed with the division of the plant, taking care to leave enough roots for each head taken, burying each piece of plant directly in pot, and new leaflets will quickly develop, covering the entire soil of the pot. When carrying out the operation it is good to keep the vase in a sheltered place to allow a quick rooting.
Nertera granadensis: Parasites and Diseases
Sometimes this variety of plant is affected by aphids, which slow down its growth and compromise its appearance; if kept outside, let us remember that snails are fond of its tender leaflets. Excessive administration of water causes root rot and very rapid deterioration of the plant, in these cases it is advisable to proceed with the division and burial of the parts not affected by the rot.
If the leaves become dark in color, the problem may be excessive sun exposure which has caused the leaves to burn.