by johnah on November 21, 2020
Ming Aralia (Araliaceae)
The name “mangrove” comes from the Portuguese word “maragro”, which means sea grass. The plant was first described in 1785 by the botanist João Pedro de Almeida da Silva. Its scientific name is Araliacea muscipula. The species name is derived from the Arabic words for red and water, meaning “musk tree”. The plant is native to the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar.
It grows along rivers and streams, where it forms dense mats or stands up to several feet high. These plants are often found growing near mangroves, but they may also grow in dry areas such as deserts or sandy beaches. They prefer moist soil with a pH between 6 and 8.
Ming Aralia is one of the most popular houseplants in the world. It is considered a tropical houseplant because it likes bright light conditions, but will tolerate some shade. Some varieties are hardy to zone 4, while others need at least partial sun exposure. Because of its popularity, there are many cultivars available today.
How To Care For Ming Aralia Houseplants:
The best potting mix to use for your Aralia is a well-draining indoor plant mix. Some people incorporate organic material such as manure into the soil. However, because this is a plant that can be sensitive to over-watering, it is not necessary to add any extra ingredients. Also make sure the pot has at least one hole in the bottom to allow for water drainage.
You should let the soil dry out between waterings. The best way to check is to stick your finger into the soil up to the second knuckle. If it doesn’t feel dry, then don’t water yet. Another way is to lift up the pot and feel how heavy it is. (A heavier pot means that there’s still water in it so it needs to be watered).
Water the Aralia thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage hole. It should be watered once every five days or so. However, if you have a smaller Aralia, water it less frequently because smaller pots hold moisture less effectively.
The Aralia likes bright light, but no direct sunlight. It can be placed near windowsills or in rooms with bright lights, but should be protected from the rays of the sun by placing it away from the window or by using blinds or curtains to block out the sun’s rays. If your Aralia is getting any direct sunlight, it can result in leaves with sunburned spots or even charred leaf tips. When the plant is getting too much light, the leaves will turn a brownish color.
Your Aralia should be transplanted into a bigger pot every year or so. Make sure you use a well-draining soil, as the root system can become pot bound if it is over-potentized.
The Aralia can be propagated from tip cuttings. Cut off a branch that has several nodes on it. Let the cut end dry out and callous over for a couple days before placing it in moist soil. It can also be propagated from seed, but these seeds are rarely available commercially.
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