Dizygotheca elegantissima False Aralia; 15°C/60°F; New Hebrides

Formerly included in the genus Aralia, these graceful foliag? plants will develop into small trees when cultivated in ideal surroundings. Plants are at their best when about 1.5m/ 5ft in height, thereafter the leaves begin to lose their fine, rich blue-black filigree appearance, and become much coarser and broader. But this is not likely to affect the grower of indoor plants unless he is particularly skilful in their care. Moist, lightly shaded and evenly warm conditions are most essential, as is a rich gritty soil and regular watering. Seed is the best method of raising plants, but it will be difficult to obtain. plants to be introduced in recent years. There are many forms of D. deremensis, all of them with boldly striped leaves borne on stems that attain a height of some 2.4m/8ft when grown in ideal conditions. There are also several forms of D. jragrans-these have broader leaves that are longer and more curved as the plant develops. There are various methods of propagation, but the simplest is to cut stems into sections and partially bury them horizontally in a peat and sand mixture. D. godseffiana is done from top cuttings with three or four leaves attached inserted in peat and sand in warm conditions.

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