The trunk Brazil is a magnificent plant, easy to care for and with a nice structure. It is preferred by those who want a plant with a certain height and greenery, but which does not take up too much space. The Brazil trunk grows very well indoors and with a little attention will grow into a tall plant with beautiful foliage, always ready to purify the environment.
Learn everything you need to know about how to care for Brazil trunk in this quick and easy guide.
Brazil Trunk Curiosities
- This plant is most famous because it was one of the plants used by NASA in their air purification experiment. Dracena was found to remove certain types of micro particles from the air, including benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene, among other toxic substances.
- Although its name seems to indicate that it originates from America, in reality this plant is African and grows in humid forests, under the shade of large trees.
- It arrived in Europe in the 18th century, where it became popular because of its beautiful colour and long, elegant lines.
- Because of their shape and structure some people call them "false palms" and they can visually lengthen spaces, but they don't have such a tropical vibe as Kentia palms, for example.
- The scientific name for the Brazilian trunk is Dracaena Fragans, as it refers to the white flower it produces in its natural state, which is usually very fragrant.
- The flower of the Brazil trunk opens only during the nights. It rarely flowers when grown indoors, but it is not impossible.
- Despite its wonderful purifying properties, it is toxic if ingested by dogs or cats. Be careful if your pets are the type to nibble on plants or leave it out of their reach.
- This plant is slow growing, but can grow up to 2 metres tall if you are careless. You can trim the trunks when you see it is reaching the height you want.
- It is quite hardy, so it is suitable for those people who haven't had much luck with plants.
- The Brazil log is known in many countries as the common name "happiness log" and is said to bring good luck and fortune to have one decorated with a red ribbon.
How to care for the Brazil Trunk
With the Brazilian trunk, less is more. It's better to let it dry out a little than to overdo it with water and risk root rot. Wait until the substrate looks dry before watering again. Check once a week, maybe in summer you should water a couple of times a week but don't be surprised if you notice that it doesn't need it. In winter you should reduce the frequency of watering.
Check the leaves, they are the ones that will tell you if there is too much or too little water. If they are drooping, wrinkled and sad, it is lacking water, but if it has brown spots, it has too much.
Dracena Fragans comes from humid environments, so it can emulate this environment in a number of ways. The simplest is by grouping plants together, this allows them to create a humid microenvironment in the space, and is the perfect excuse to have a couple of other plants.
Another trick is to use a sprinkler with water once a week, this has the advantage of helping to remove the dust that can accumulate on the leaves.
Being native to the African rainforests, the Brazil trunk requires abundant indirect lighting. Remember that in its natural habitat it is protected by the tallest trees, so direct sunlight will burn its leaves. Being such a hardy species it can survive indoors in the shade but always remember to provide it with a good source of light.
The leaves will tell you if it is in the right place. If it has too much light, the leaves will discolour and start to burn; but if it has too little light, the leaves will be too small and lose the beautiful lines that decorate it.
The most important thing about the substrate for the Trunk Brazil is that it has good drainage. Always place pebbles or gravel at the bottom of the pot and use a good universal planting medium.
As for fertilizer, you can add an organic or balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer), no need to do it in winter.
Transplanting can be done once a year, maximum every two or three years. It really depends on how well your plant has developed. The important thing is that it has enough space for its roots.
It is recommended to transplant in early spring to take advantage of the growing season.
Pruning and propagation
The naturally dying leaves will turn brown and you can remove them by pulling them downwards, keeping your hand as close to the trunk as possible. This will make it easier to remove and will not damage the trunk. To prune, you can use a sharp instrument to cut the trunk to the desired height. That bit of trunk that you have cut off can be placed in a container of water to stimulate root growth and then transplanted. Another way to propagate the Brazil trunk is to cut off the entire leaf clump and place it in soil.
Caring for a Brazil trunk is quite simple, it does not require an elaborate care, pruning and watering schedule. Just remember one thing for when your new plant arrives home: location is critical. Once you have the right spot for your Dracena, keeping it alive and thriving will be a breeze.
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