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Plant info Song of India

plant info song of indiaBOTANICAL 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.

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