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False Aralia

English Name

Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Scientific Name

Description

Dizygotheca is a very slender plant. Leaf color is coppery red at first, but changes to a very deep green, almost black. The central stem and the leafstalks are all mottled with creamy white.

Araliaceae

Family

Minimum: 59°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 6'

Height (feet/inches)

Maximum: 1'8"

Spacing (feet/inches)

None

Fragrance

Watering

Water sparingly at all times, allowing the top two-thirds of compost to dry out before watering again.

Feeding

Apply standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks during active growth season.

Repotting

Dizygothecas are slow growing and should be re-potted into pots one size larger only once in two years, in every Spring. Once plants have reached maximum convenient pot size probably 8-10 inches, top dress them with about an inch of fresh mixture every Spring.

Propagation

New plants are raised from seed.

Cultivation

Dizygothecas like bright light but should not be placed in strong direct sunlight. Warmth is also essential for these plants.

Tips

For a bushy effect, plant two or three small specimens in one pot.

Decorate

Dizygothecas are beautiful displayed because their delicate foliage contrast with other leaves of begonias, codiaeums, aglaonemas and tradescantias.

Humidity

Stand pots on trays of moist pebbles.

Soil

Soil-based compost.



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