Complete guide to clusia princess care
Very easy going, the clusia princess certainly doesn't have 'Princess and the Pea' needs.
The clusia princess is a very popular and beautiful plant that is native to Central and South America. It's a member of the Clusiaceae family, which includes many other species of ornamental plants. Clusia princess is a great choice for anyone looking for a low-maintenance, yet attractive plant. Here is a complete guide to caring for your clusia princess:
- Water when the top two inches of soil feel dry, but it won't mind if you forget
- They'll be ok in any light conditions, but love a bright room
- Pop it somewhere steamy, like a bathroom, or mist the leaves every few days
About clusias princess plants
Left to its own devices, clusia princess, or clusia rosea, can reach heights of 6 metres. In places like the Bahamas, Cuba and Puerto Rico, you’d see it growing happily outside.
Its method of growing in the wild is very unusual and a tiny bit gruesome. It’s a hemiepiphyte, which means it starts its life growing on another tree. As it increases in size, it sends out more and more roots, which gradually wrap around its host and strangle it. Eventually it roots itself in the ground, standing over the corpse of its host tree.
It’s low-key and low-effort. It copes with most conditions, grows quickly and looks simple and sculptural.
How much light does my clusia princess need?
Clusia princess requires plenty of light to thrive but will be quite happy in partial shade too. It shouldn't be in direct sunlight for too long. It prefers warm temperatures, so make sure to place it in a spot where it will receive plenty of indirect light.
How often should I water my clusia princess?
Clusia princess plants should be watered regularly, but not too much. Allow the soil to dry out in between waterings. If the soil is too wet, it can lead to root rot. It's a tough plant, so it won't mind if you forget every now and then.
Should I fertilise my clusia princess?
Fertilise your clusia princess every two weeks in spring and summer with a balanced fertiliser. It's a fast-growing plant, but the extra nutrients will give it a boost.
Do I need to prune my clusia princess?
Prune your clusia princess regularly to keep it looking its best. Remove any dead or diseased branches as soon as possible.
Common clusia princess pests
Watch out for pests like aphids, mealybugs, and scale. If you notice any of these, treat the plant with an appropriate pesticide.
When should I repot my clusia princess?
Repot your clusia princess every two to three years, or whenever the roots become pot-bound. You'll see them sticking up out of the soil or coming through the holes in the bottom of the nursery pot. Use a potting soil that's well-draining and rich in organic matter.
Can I propagate my clusia princess?
Clusia princess can be propagated by stem cuttings or air layering. Learn more about propagation here.
By following these simple tips, you can keep your clusia princess looking its best. With proper care and attention, your clusia princess will reward you with beautiful leaves all year round.
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