Thursday, October 24, 2013

My ming aralia

I once worked at a plant store. That was where I got this lovely ming aralia.  There were retail stores of that type around here from about 1970-85.  This ming aralia has been with me now for thirty+  years!   It's just about my oldest plant.  It was about 12" high when I first acquired it and has grown easily through the years.  It's soft loveliness may make it appear fragile but it is really quite sturdy.  Of course,  the right recipe for it's proper care always helps.  If it does have a setback,  it can always recover beautifully.  It is a lesson in graciousness.

Although Araliaceae is a family of plants and there are several varieties sold with the name Aralia, the official botanical name is Polyscias.  The ming aralia's botanical name is Polyscias fruticosa.  An evergreen, native to Polynesia and India, it is often used as a hedge plant there.  As an indoor plant,  it stands alone with grace.

  • Care Instructions--- 
  • Some direct sun or strong indirect light.
  • Water thoroughly when the top of the soil is dry.  This plant thrives on a good soak.  I water this one, which is in a 14" diameter pot with one gallon of water,  when necessary. 
  • Fertilize regularly.
  • It does appreciate some humidity so you may want to mist it daily if the air is dry in your home.

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