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Care of the plant Bauhinia forficata or Brazilian orchid tree.

Care of the plant Bauhinia forficata or Brazilian orchid tree

The genus Bauhinia, family Fabaceae, comprises more than 200 species of trees and shrubs native to tropical regions on all continents. Some species are: Bauhinia forficata, Bauhinia tomentosa, Bauhinia natalensis, Bauhinia augusti, Bauhinia purpurea, Bauhinia variegata, Bauhinia galpinii, Bauhinia blakeana.

Common name: Brazilian orchid tree. This species is native to Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Peru.

They are trees that reach more than 5 meters in height. They have characteristic lobed leaves that look like cow's hooves. The flowers are white, large and similar to orchids.

They are used in gardens as isolated specimens, in public parks and on streets and avenues. It has medicinal properties as a hypoglycemic and diuretic.

Bauhinia forficata needs full sun exposure and warm temperatures (they do not resist frost).

They prefer drained, light and fertile soils.

Water all year round in a moderate way, waiting for the soil to dry out.

They tolerate light pruning after flowering to favor the next flowering.

Fertilize with compost in the fall.

They propagate by seeds (in spring), cuttings (late summer) or layering.

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Bauhinia forficata
Bauhinia forficata
Bauhinia forficata
Bauhinia forficata
Bauhinia forficata
 

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