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Care of the plant Tetrapanax papyrifer or Rice Paper Plant.

Care of the plant Tetrapanax papyrifer or Rice Paper Plant

The genus Tetrapanax, family Araliaceae, includes a single species of shrub native to the island of Taiwan: Tetrapanax papyrifer.

Common names: Rice Paper Plant, Rice-Paper Tree or Chinese rice-paper plant.

They are evergreen shrubs that reach more than 5 meters in height. They have large, very lobed leaves of an intense green color on the upper surface and greyish green on the underside. Rice paper is made with the stem of these plants. The creamy white flowers appear in a large umbel at the end of the stem. They bloom in late summer or early fall.

These fast-growing plants are used in the greenhouse, as single specimens in the garden, in small bushy groups, and next to ponds.

Tetrapanax papyrifer grows in semi-shade and full sun exposures protected from the wind and cold. It is advisable not to plant it near other bushes and trees because the roots grow a lot.

They grow in any type of soil that is not too drained.

Water regularly throughout the year without flooding, waiting for the substrate to be almost dry.

Fertilize in winter with manure and in spring every 20 days with mineral fertilizer.

They can be attacked by aphids if they suffer drought and by fungi if the humidity is excessive.

They are propagated from seeds sown in autumn and by separation of suckers in spring.

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Tetrapanax papyrifer
Tetrapanax papyrifer
Tetrapanax papyrifer
Tetrapanax papyrifer
Tetrapanax papyrifer
 

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