The origin of the Beaucarnea is South America and the south of the US. The Beaucarnea comes from the asparagus family. The Beaucarnea can grow up to eight meters high in the areas of origin. Because it is a slow grower, the Beaucarnea will grow less quickly in the home or office, but it can still become a substantial houseplant. The Beaucarnea does need space, if the leaves rub against a wall, brown dots will arrive.
Generally give moderate watering, in the growing period that runs from March to August a little more than in the winter. You can let the soil dry out a little before watering again. However, do not leave the roots in the water, as this causes root rot.
Water is buffered in the thickening of the trunk. This is the reason why he can go without water for several weeks in the winter period.
If the pot is provided (or you provide it yourself) with a substrate and a water meter, watering is easy! On arrival there is little water in it, fill the pot slowly with water (sometimes wait a while) and you will see that the meter rises automatically. All you have to do is keep an eye on this meter. If you go on holiday, you can fill the pot almost half full (you can see this on the meter that is well above its maximum) and you can safely go 3 weeks away. In addition, it is not a problem if the plants do not get too much water too quickly. The substrate absorbs the water, so if the water meter is at the bottom, the substrate is still moist, but there is no more water at the bottom of the pot. The plant then has more than enough space for 4 summer days.
The Beaucarnea feels at home in dry air. A single spray is used to remove dust from the leaves and is therefore occasionally recommended.
The Beaucarnea likes to be in a light place and needs at least 3-4 hours of sunlight per day. With a south-facing window, the Beaucarnea can be placed two to three meters away from the window. The plant directly next to the window on the East and West. Preferably not on the north side, if the Beaucarnea is too dark, new leaves will hardly grow.
18 ° C during the day
10 ° C at night
The Beaucarnea does not need much nutrition. After purchase, the Beaucarnea can still be without food for months. Give food only in the spring or summer. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots.
A Beaucarnea does not often have to be transplanted into a larger pot. If you still want to repot the houseplant, do so in the spring. A larger pot will stimulate growth a little, but the advantage is a larger buffer soil so that the water is more spread and there is less chance of root rot.
The Beaucarnea will not easily suffer from discolouring leaves. What does happen is that the lower leaves will die, you can simply remove them by pulling them off. New leaves will be created from above.
If the houseplant is too dark or receives too much water, it will not produce any fresh leaves. So pay attention to this!
If the Elephant Foot becomes too large, you can choose to saw the trunk back to the desired height. After pruning, the remaining trunk consumes very little water, but puts it close to the window (as light as possible). It is best to seal the sawn-off trunk with wax, because of the risk of bacterial infections.
Cats like to chew on the blades of Beaucarnea. The plant is not toxic, but the leaves no longer recover from such a snack attack.
Beaucarnea, a characteristic house tree with curly leaves