Did you know? Clusia rosea - the autograph tree - is a hemi-epiphyte; it begins its life as an epiphyte – growing on another tree or structure – and then plants itself in the ground once it reaches it.
Common name : Autograph tree
Scientific name : Clusia Rosea
Family : Clusiaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Clusia is a large genus of trees and shrubs native to tropical America. It is characterized by its branches, which grow horizontally, and its leaves, which are thick and tough - tough enough to be carved into! The only commonly grown Clusia plant is C. rosea, or the autograph tree.
It is a strangling vine with stiff, leathery leaves in dark green or olive, blooming pink or white flowers in long inflorescences during the summer.
Sowing & planting
50 - 150
6.5 - 7
Plant my autograph tree
In the tropics - its original area - Clusia enjoys partial shade and fertile, fresh, well-drained soil. At home, you will plant it in a mix of peat potting soil and loam by placing it in filtered light and at a temperature not falling below 15 ° C.
Spray my autograph tree
Your Clusia is a plant of the tropics! Spray it often - almost daily if your interior is dry!
Water my autograph tree
The autograph tree should be watered regularly in the first year, until the plant is fully established. After that, you can scale back their water, although regular watering will help it grow.
Water it with soft water, from spring to fall once or twice a week. The soil should not dry out, but the water should not stagnate either: too much moisture harms the plant as much as a soil too dry.
From autumn to spring, reduce watering to once every 10 days, if the temperature does not rise above 22 ° C in your home.
The autograph tree is drought-tolerant and will also appreciate a spray from time to time.
Repot my autograph tree
The autograph tree grows quickly and can often overgrow its container. Lift the root ball out as a whole and replace it in a larger container that can accommodate the whole root system. As the plant matures, it may become too large for you to easily change container unless it’s well-pruned. If so, only replace the top soil with potting soil in the spring.