BOTANICAL NAME: Xanthorrhoea species
COMMON NAME: Grass Tree
DESCRIPTION: Long lived perennial plant with a strong, woody trunk rough with old leaf bases, topped with a multitude of narrow whip-like leathery dark green leaves which are flat or triangular, 1-1.5m long and less than 5mm wide. Slow growing.
LIGHT/POSITION: Free Standing position for dramatic effect, in high light to full sun position.
WATERING: Dry to moist in high light position. Top 2/3rd soil should be dry before watering.
CLEANING: Spray and wipe to remove dust.
PESTS: Scale and mealybug are common pests inside or outside. Spray as soon as seen with neem soap. Manually remove scale where seen.
DISEASES: None prevalent in indoorscape.
FERTILISING: Apply weak liquid fertiliser in active growing period only.
PRUNING: Remove spent leaves, cutting close as possible to the trunk.
PRESENTATION: Trunk blackened by fire with head of leaves completely skirting the trunk, with centre leaves erect for best effect.
GENERAL INFORMATION: 4 varieties most commonly seen but differences are small – all having the same general appearance.