Buddha Belly Plant
- Jatropha podagrica : Buddha Belly Plant
- Family : Euphorbiacees
- Origin : Central America
- Height in its natural environment : 1,50 m
- Hardiness: 12°C
- Flower color : red
Height : about 10 to 20 cm (depending on seasons)
Description of the plant
You are in love with baobabs but want a compact plant? This Jatropha is here for you!
This bottle tree, also called "medicinier" (its seeds have medicinal properties) or "pine nut", will offer you its swollen trunk of the most beautiful effect. This trunk serves as a water reserve, practical for thirsty travelers! Its leaves will surprise you with their immense size, which can reach 30 cm wide, from an early age. Its red flowers will also amaze you because they recall the shape of the coral.
But be careful not to annoy him, because he is good at household scenes, and in the absence of plates, he will throw his seeds in your face, his fruits knowing very well how to expel them far away!
It attracts butterflies and humming birds, will it attract you?
Also known as: Gout Plant, Guatemalan Rhubarb, Australian Bottle Plant, Tartoga, Jarak Bunting, Gout Stick
When you receive your plant, repot it in a pot slightly larger than the bucket, which must be well pierced. Avoid pot covers which prevent residual water from draining away and encourage fungal diseases. Choose a fine potting soil, ideally with added perlite or sand to lighten the substrate (do not use garden soil or acidic soil such as heather). Then plan two repottings per year (spring and autumn), gradually increasing the size of the pot and adapting it to the size of the root network (the roots must have room, but not too much as the plant must be able to dry out its substrate between waterings). This avoids having to add fertilizer, which always risks burning the fragile roots of the plants and making the plant wither as soon as the fertilizer is stopped.
Copious watering: when watering, the entire root ball should be wet, then wait for the substrate to dry on the surface before watering again. These plants are greedy in water, but you should not drown the roots either. Always water at the base of the plant, and do not mist it, because stagnant water in the armpit of the leaves favors cryptogamic diseases. If your atmosphere is too dry, put bowls of water nearby (above radiators for example), so that evaporation humidifies the air.
For an indoor planting
A true houseplant, place it in a warm and bright place, like a veranda or behind a window, direct sunlight suits them perfectly.
For an outdoor planting
This plant is not frost and/or cold resistant and should not be planted outside except in limited parts of Southern Europe.
This plant can not be pruned If you feel that it is becoming too bulky, you can limit its growth by continuing to repot it and change its substrate but without increasing the size of the pot. If the root network becomes too important, do not hesitate to prune the roots.
Our plants are grown naturally, without chemical fertilizers, so we advise you to repot them regularly (twice a year) rather than adding fertilizer.
In case of pest attack
If your plants are under attack by aphids or other pests, the best way to control them is by hand. Change their soil, remove as many undesirables as possible by hand and then shower your plants with a strong stream of water to eliminate any eggs that may be present. Spray them (insist on the underside of the leaves) with liquid black soap diluted in water. Repeat the operation several times at a few days interval. Take them outside in good weather, rain, sun and wind will kill most of the aggressors!
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