Beaucarnea

Needs little water
Tolerates direct sunlight
Lightly air-purifying
Nutrition every month (summer)
Not toxic for animals
Repot every three year
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Intro

FloraStore has fun and special Beaucarneas with or without pot. You will also find larger decorative specimens around which you can put a nice pot. Ideal for home or office.

Location

The Beaucarnea likes to stand on a light spot and needs at least 3-4 hours of sunlight per day. At a window facing south, the Beaucarnea can be placed two to three meters 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 be difficult to grow.


Beaucarnea care


Temperature

A minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius is recommended during the day and a minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius at night.

Watering

Generally give moderate watering, in the growth period from March to August slightly more than in winter. You can let the soil dry out slightly before watering again. However, do not leave the roots in the water, this causes root rot.

Water is buffered in the thickening of the trunk. This is the reason why it can be without water for a few weeks during the winter period. 

Nutrition

The Beaucarnea does not need much power. After purchase, the Beaucarnea can be left without food for months. Feed only in spring or summer. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots. Watering in the winter is unnecessary, because the plant will then be in the resting position.

Repotting

A Beaucarnea does not often need 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 the growth but the advantage is a larger buffer soil so that the water is more dispersed and there is less chance of root rot.

Leaf damage

The Beaucarnea will not easily suffer from discolouring leaves. What does happen is that the lower leaves will die, you can just remove them by pulling them off. From above, new leaves will be created.

If the houseplant is too dark or gets too much water it will not produce fresh leaves. So pay attention to this!

Pruning

If the Elephant leg becomes too big, you can choose to cut the trunk back to the desired height. After pruning, the remaining trunk uses very little water, but put it close to the window (as light as possible). It is best to seal the trunk with wax, because of the risk of bacterial infections.

Spraying

The Beaucarnea feels at home in dry air. The occasional spray is used to remove dust from the leaves and is therefore recommended from time to time.

Substrate

If the pot is provided (or you provide it yourself) with a substrate and a water meter, watering is easy! Upon arrival there is little water in it, fill the pot slowly with water (sometimes wait a while) and you will see that the meter will rise 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 which then rises a bit above its maximum) and you can safely leave for 3 weeks. It is also not bad if the plants do not get water too much and too fast. The substrate absorbs the water, so when the water meter is at the bottom, the substrate is still moist, but there is no water left at the bottom of the pot. The plant still has enough space for 4 summer days.

Origin

The origin of the Beaucarnea is South America and the South USA.  The Beaucarnea comes from the asparagus family. In its areas of origin, the Beaucarnea can grow up to eight metres high. Because it is a slow grower, the Beaucarnea will not grow as fast in the home or office, but can still become a large houseplant. The Beaucarnea does need space, but if the leaves rub against a wall, brown tips will appear.


Diseases

The Beaucarnea almost never suffers from diseases. The plant could only suffer from mealy bug if the plant is in a draughty place. It is recommended to buy a pesticide as soon as possible if this occurs.

Suitable plant nutrition for Beaucarnea


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