"Palo de Agua" or "Tronco de Brasil" is a tropical plant with evergreen leaves that you can keep indoors or outdoors, as well. This plant has glossy green leaves with a bright yellow central stripe and a brown trunk with rings around it.
This plant can blossom. However, many people know it. It has heady scent flowers that only bloom when the plant reaches 2 meters tall. If you are lucky to see your plant blossoms, try to cut its flowers as soon as they wither, because the withering of its flowers make the plant less strong to keep growing.
How to take care of a "Palo de Agua"
These plants cannot be directly exposed to sunlight because sun could burn them, no matter if they have an indoor o outdoor location. However, these kinds of plants should be placed in a sunlit location because darkness could make their leaves lose their glossy green color.
"“Palo de Agua” has a hardy scent flowers that only bloom when the plant reaches 2 meters tall. ."
The best season for their propagation is spring or fall. One option to take into account is to cut segments of old stems or make some new shoots come from old leaf scars at the top of the stems.
As they are tropical plants, they need a humid location. The average temperature should be around 20 or 25 degrees, but if the plants are located in a cold environment, they will stop growing and they will lose their leaves, as well. What you can do to keep the plants humid is to clean the leaves with a wet cloth and place the plants around other plants; by this way, you are going to keep a humid environment for them. Also, you can spray water on their leaves 2 or 3 times a week. If the plants need extra water, you will notice that their leaves tips will become brown.
"Palo de Agua does not need much water. You only need to keep the soil humid avoiding puddles."
Palo de Agua does not need Much Water. You only need to keep the soil humid avoiding puddles. If leaves fall, it means that the plants need water, but if leaves lose their glossy color it means that the plants are full of water.
If you want to trim a Palo de Agua you need to cut the upper part because side shoots will spread from the top of the stem. If you want to start a new plant, remember to put the cut shoots in water and once it has roots, plant it in a new flowerpot.
The new plant soil should have a good drainage and a good peat should be placed on the surface of the flowerpot. Also, you should fertilize the soil every 20 or 30 days with a liquid fertilizer (dissolved in irrigation water), especially in summer.
Also, it is necessary to transplant the plant into a bigger flowerpot every two years. If the plant has a big size and it is difficult to move it to another flowerpot, you can renew 5 cms of the surface soil adding new soil.
Note: if the Palo de Agua leaves become yellow, means that it has too much water. Remember that this plant does not need too much water.
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