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Care of the plant Ravenala madagascariensis or Traveller's tree.

Care of the plant Ravenala madagascariensis or Traveller's tree

The genus Ravenala, family Strelitziaceae, only includes the species Ravenala madagascariensis, native to the island of Madagascar.

Common names are Traveller's tree, Traveller's palm and East-West palm.

They are curious plants with a fan shape and a trunk covered with the petioles of the leaves that reach 10 meters in height (2-3 meters in a pot). The long ribbed leaves are bright green and reminiscent of the banana tree (Musa). The flowers are white and very similar to those of the Strelitzia alba; they do not usually bloom indoors.

If the climate is subtropical or tropical, they are used as isolated specimens, in small groups or in rows. In colder climates they are used as greenhouse plants or as houseplants.

Ravenala madagascariensis prefers full sun exposure but can grow in semi-shade; indoors, place it in a well-lit place with direct sunlight for at least several hours a day. The temperature should not drop below 15ºC.

The soil can be a mixture, in equal parts, of leaf mulch, coarse sand, and topsoil. Transplant the young specimens annually (in spring); For adult plants (more than 5 years old) it is enough to renew the surface part of the substrate every spring.

Water with lime-free water abundantly but waiting for the substrate to dry. Spray the plant daily with lime-free water in the warmer months.

Fertilize in spring and summer with slow-release fertilizer such as rods that dig into the ground or mineral fertilizer pellets.

They do not need pruning.

If the humidity is not correct they can be attacked by mealybugs.

They are propagated from seeds sown in a hot seedbed.

Images of the plant Ravenala madagascariensis or Traveller's tree

Ravenala madagascariensis
Ravenala madagascariensis
 

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