BOTANICAL NAME: Pleomele
COMMON NAME: Song of India
DESCRIPTION: An upright columnar woody bush, usually not over 1.2m in height and 1m width.
LIGHT/POSITION: Medium to high light. Stems will twist towards the light if the plant is left in one position for a period of time. Leaves will also elongate, become thin and soften with age when the plant has been left in the same position. Suits a corner position away from draughts.
WATERING: Moist to dry depending on light. Growth is slow. Canes and leaves store water. Roots are easily damaged by excessive movement or overwatering, causing rot.
CLEANING: To remove dust, spray with neem soap and wipe carefully, avoiding “crunching” the leaves.
PESTS: Spider mite is the main problem pest and preventative spraying is mandatory, particularly in dry warm positions.
DISEASES: Root/stem rot may occur when overwatered and physical damage to roots due to excessive movement of canes may also occur.
FERTILISING: May be necessary when plants have been in the same position for some time. Apply weak liquid fertiliser in the growing season only.
PRUNING: Cut canes with a sharp clean knife if change of shape desired or a stem is damaged. New growth will appear below cut on healthy wood.
PRESENTATION: Manual opening of new leaves may be necessary to avoid the snapping of new growth. Turn regularly.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Usually presented as multi-canes in a single pot.