The ornamental leafy plant Heteropanax (Heteropanax) belongs to the family Araliaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia.
This plant is a compact tree with a slender distinct trunk and foliated crown. The feathery glossy leaflets are fairly large and green in color. This plant is recommended to decorate a bright and sufficiently large room.
Heteropanax care at home
Needs good, bright light, but it should not be allowed to receive direct sunlight. It is advisable to choose windows facing east or west. In winter it also needs bright light, especially if the overwintering is warm.
The plant grows and develops well at a temperature not exceeding 25 degrees. A change in daily temperatures is recommended.
In winter, experts advise moving the tree to a cool (not higher than 14-15 degrees) place. It is not recommended to place it near heating devices.
Necessary high air humidity. In this regard, systematic moistening of the foliage from a sprayer is recommended, even more so in warm overwintering.
How to water
Spring and summer watering should be moderate.
Thus, water the plant after the top layer has dried out for a few days (make sure the clod has not dried out completely). With the onset of the autumn period, watering is reduced. During the winter, it should be sparing, especially with the cold wintering. Water with soft and well-distilled water at room temperature.
Feeding is done from March to September once every 4 weeks.
Fertilizer for indoor foliage plants is used for this purpose. In autumn and winter, no fertilizer is put into the soil.
Repotting should be done in the springtime. Young plants should be transplanted once a year and adults once every 2 or 3 years. Suitable soil should be light, loose and slightly acidic.
To prepare the mixture should be combined humus and turf, and coarse sand, taken in a ratio of 1:2:1. Suitable as bought the soil for ornamental deciduous plants. Don't forget to make a good drainage layer at the bottom of the pot.
Can be propagated by cuttings, seeds and grafts.
Pests and diseases
Aphids, spider mite or scale may visit.
- Yellowing and dying of leaves-sufficient light, too hot in summer, too cold in winter, stagnant water in soil.
- Loss of foliage turgor-sufficient watering.
- Leaves lose turgor and become translucent or pale - watering too much.
- Leaves become pale and pale - poor light.
- Light spots forming on surface of leaves - intensive light, sunburn.
- Sprinkled leaf tips brownish - low humidity.
- Weakened shoots - poor light, needs nutrition.