15 Gallon
Clusia / Small Leaf
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Clusia / Small Leaf

Latin Name:

Clusia rosea

Plant Type:     

Tree

Description:

Hard leathery leaves are very resistant in the interior. Several related species are grown, some quite small and manageable in a container.

Origin:

West Indies, Panama

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite and 2 parts peat. or humus (leaf mold), a dusting of ground limestone. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks during the spring and summer months with a water soluble fertilizer diluted by half.

Plant Pests:

Prone to scale. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings/ air-layering in the spring through summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while. To air-layer a plant, take a sharp knife and cut half way through the stem about a foot down from the top. Put a toothpick in the wound sideways, wrap wet sphagnum moss and a plastic bag around the wound secured by either rubber bands or tape. When roots form, cut off below the roots and plant

Gardening Tips & Care:

Good drainage is a necessity. Prune as needed.

Is Genus:

No

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