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Care of the plant Nolina recurvata or Beaucarnea recurvata.

Care of the plant Nolina recurvata or Beaucarnea recurvata

The genus Beaucarnea (formerly Nolina), family Asparagaceae, comprises 9 species of shrub plants native to Mexico and Central America. Some species are: Beaucarnea recurvata, Beaucarnea gracilis, Beaucarnea goldmanii, Beaucarnea guatemalensis, Beaucarnea beldingii, Beaucarnea stricta, Beaucarnea hiriartiae.

Common names: Elephant's foot, Ponytail palm. These plants are native to Mexico.

They are little branched plants with a thick base trunk (to store water) and that reach 10 meters high in their environment; in pots they reach 1.5 meters in height. They have thin, long, curved, green leaves. The small cream-white flowers appear in panicles in spring; they bloom after 10 years of life.

They are used as a houseplant, greenhouse and terrace. In regions without frost they are used as isolated specimens or in small groups.

The Nolina recurvata needs a full sun exposure or a very bright one (indoors). They are ideal for heated rooms. They resist occasional frosts down to -5 ºC.

The soil can be a mixture of garden substrate with 40-50% coarse sand. It's important to grow them in flat pots so that water does not accumulate.

Water very moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry completely. They are very resistant to drought plants. In winter, water only once a month.

They do not need pruning or fertilizers.

The main enemies are overwatering (it rots the roots) and mealybugs (excess moisture).

Due to its great slowness of growth, it's advisable to buy new plants in garden centers or nurseries.

Images of the plant Nolina recurvata or Beaucarnea recurvata

Nolina recurvata
Nolina recurvata
Beaucarnea recurvata
Nolina recurvata
Beaucarnea goldmanii
Beaucarnea beldingii
Beaucarnea beldingii
Beaucarnea gracilis
Beaucarnea hiriartiae
 

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