Coontie Arrowroot Care – Tips On Growing Coontie Plants
What is Coontie Arrowroot?
CooTIE stands for Cornucium arboricola or Arrowroot Plant. It’s a succulent shrub native to Mexico and Central America. It grows up to 2 feet tall with slender leaves that are usually greenish purple in color. Its stems are smooth and its flowers have yellow petals. It produces small white berries which resemble arrowheads. The leaves are edible when cooked but they don’t taste very good. They are used in many recipes like salads, soups, stews and casseroles.
How To Grow Coontie Arrowroot?
The best way to grow Coontie Arrowroot is to buy it from a nursery or online shop. You can also grow it yourself if you have some basic gardening skills. There are several ways to grow Coontie Arrowroot:
Plant it in a pot. Use a soil mix that contains composted cow manure. Fill the bottom of your container with peat moss and add topsoil.
Water well during the growing season. Keep it moist all year round so that it doesn’t wilt easily. Prune back branches whenever necessary to keep them short and compact.
Sow Coontie Arrowroot seeds. Sow the seeds in a shallow layer of soil about 1/4 inch deep. Keep the soil moist and keep the area around the seed lightly shaded from direct sunlight.
Transplant the seedling into individual pots when they are large enough to handle.
Grow Coontie Arrowroot from stem cuttings. Cut off several branches and strip them from their lower leaves. Let the cut ends dry out a bit before you plant them in a pot with moist sand.
Keep the cutting container in a shaded area until the cuttings take root.
Buy Coontie Arrowroot from nurseries or various online sites. This is the easiest way of getting healthy plants.
You need to give Coontie Arrowroot enough direct sunlight every day or it will become weak and sickly.
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