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Care of the plant Schotia brachypetala or Weeping boer-bean.

Care of the plant Schotia brachypetala or Weeping boer-bean

The genus Schotia, family Fabaceae, comprises 4 species of trees native to southern Africa. The species are: Schotia brachypetala, Schotia afra, Schotia capitata, Schotia latifolia.

Common names: Weeping boer-bean, Tree fuchsia, African greenheart, African walnut. This species is native to South Africa.

They are wide-crowned trees that reach 10 meters in height in gardens. They have leaves composed of 4-8 deep green oval leaflets with a wavy edge. The showy red flowers appear in clusters with great profusion. They bloom in spring but can do so in other seasons of the year. They produce large light brown pods.

These easy-to-grow plants are used as isolated specimens, on streets and in public parks.

Schotia brachypetala can grow in full sun or light shade exposure. In winter the temperature should not be less than 6 ºC.

The soil can be a garden substrate with coarse sand to facilitate drainage and abundant organic matter.

Water regularly in spring and summer waiting for the top part of the soil to dry. They have quite a resistance to drought.

Fertilize in late winter with compost or manure and with a mineral fertilizer once in spring and once in summer.

They do not need pruning but damaged branches can be removed in early spring.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring in a seedbed with a slightly damp sandy substrate.

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Schotia brachypetala
Schotia brachypetala
Schotia brachypetala
Schotia brachypetala
Schotia brachypetala
Schotia brachypetala
 

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