How to care for: Clusia (Autograph tree)

Clusia genus is one of the few indoor plants which have strong and thick leaves grown on horizontal branches. There are many varieties of Clusia trees, but the Autograph tree is most grown indoors. One of the great things about a Clusia plant is that you can trim the leaves according to what you would like the shape to be. Some people prefer them to be square-shaped as it provides a wall of privacy.

Bright light

Water once a week

Toxic

Air-purifying

How do you take care of a Clusia?

Location

The Clusia likes to be placed in a spot with lots of light. Althoug you can position the Clusia on every kind of location. From bright light to partial shade. Since the leaves have a tough exterior, these plants thrive in bright full sunlight and they can also tolerate lower levels of light. However, a nutritional requirement for their survival is bright sunlight.

Watering

During the growing months, especially summer, Clusia plants have to be watered every week to 5 days. Even though they are tolerant to short periods of droughts, the Clusia enjoys being watered regularly. In the winter months, you can decrease the watering to once every ten days.

Plant nutrition

The Clusia doesn't use a lot of energy. As a result, the plant is not in need of a lot extra nutrients. However, you can provide some extra nutrients by some plant nutrition. We recommend giving plant nutrition once every two weeks on a reduced amount. In autumn and winter it is better not to add extra nutrients. In the autumn, plant nutrition can actually be harmful.

Repotting

Repotting the Clusia is not necessary every year. We recommend repotting the Clusia every 2 years. Repotting the plant gives new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.

Air-purifying

The Clusia is a very air-purifying plant. The leaf surface gives the plant extra stomata. Clusia plants use these stomata to convert CO2 into oxygen during the day.

Is a Clusia toxic?

The Clusia can cause irritation. This can be dangerous for both a child and an animal. Do you see that bites have been taken from the leaf? If so, pay close attention to symptoms, and contact a doctor to be sure.

Diseases and peculiarities

The Clusia is not susceptible to pests or diseases. The reason for this? The plant can withstand drought and the leaves are too small for most pests to live on. Does the plant suffer from vermin? Then it’s best to use a plant sprayer with water. Usually you get rid of the vermin with a few hard jets of water. If not, you can use pesticide.

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Frequently asked questions about the Clusia

How tall can a Clusia get?

Clusias can grow up to 15 metres high. They usually don't reach this height indoors. Clusia plants are slow growers.

Can a Clusia grow in water?

Yes, a Clusia can grow in water. This is also called hydroponics. Clean the roots well before placing the plant in the water. Change the water once a week to prevent the formation of algae.

Can you propagate a Clusia?

Yes, you certainly can. Check out our tips on how to propagate the Clusia.

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