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Care of the plant Trithrinax campestris or Caranday palm.

Care of the plant Trithrinax campestris or Caranday palm

The genus Trithrinax, family Arecaceae, includes 4 species of palm trees native to South America. The species are: Trithrinax campestris, Trithrinax brasiliensis, Trithrinax schizophylla, Trithrinax acanthocoma.

Common names: Caranday palm, Blue Needle Palm. This species is native to Uruguay and Argentina.

They are palm trees of medium size that reach 6 meters in height. They have palmate, rigid and green or bluish leaves. The leaves tend to stick to the trunk when they dry to protect the plant from the cold. The flowers are small, white or cream in color and appear in branched inflorescences. They bloom in autumn. To obtain seeds you have to wait until the following summer to collect the fruits.

These slow-growing, low-maintenance plants are used in small groups and as isolated specimens. They are ideal for dry areas of the garden and for rockeries. The leaves are used to make hats and other crafts.

Trithrinax campestris can grow in full sun or semi-shade exposures. They resist hot and icy temperatures down to -10 ºC.

They grow in any well-drained soil: poor, sandy, stony, saline or calcareous.

They have high resistance to drought; water moderately waiting for the soil to dry out.

They do not need fertilizers or pruning.

They are palm trees resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring in a sandy substrate; they can take up to 6 months to germinate.

Images of the plant Trithrinax campestris or Caranday palm

Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
 

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