False Aralia, Spider Aralia

Latin name: Dizygotheca elegantissima
Common name: False Aralia, Spider Aralia
Plant group:
Green plants
Plant family:
Araliaceae
Climate:
Tropical rainforest climate
Minimal temperature: 16-18°C (60-64°F)
Optimal temperature: 26-28°C (78-82°F)
Recommended place:
bright, am or pm sunlight
mid-shade
Soil:
humus-peat-loosely
Plant form:
tree-like, arboraceous
Height: 50 cm (19.5 in.)
Repotting: every 24 months (2 years)
Rarity: no
Pests:
Grape Mealybug (Pseudococcus maritimus)
Diseases:
Pytium blight (Helminthosporium, Pythium, Fusarium)
Origin country:
New Caledonia
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Indoors we find Dizygotheca elegantissima as a short, finely textured, bush-type plant in 6- to 10-inch pots. The dark greenish-brown leaves have saw-toothed edges. Plants have little branching and are usually planted as multiple plants.

 

An interesting feature of Dizygotheca elegantissima is its two types of foliage - juvenile and mature. Typically, you will find the juvenile foliage on plants in 14-inch (35 cm) and smaller containers. Larger plants in 14-inch (35 cm) and most 17-inch (40) and larger containers have leaves that are more mature. They are larger, longer, broader, lobed and more leathery. As the plant matures the trunk will become woody and have a larger caliper. It is not unusual for older, more mature plants have both immature and mature foliage at the same time.

 

Dizygotheca elegantissima is a hard to grow house plant requiring medium light intensity. It likes warmer temperatures of 60 to 70°F (15-22°C) and above. The plant can drop some of its lower leaves if the temperature falls below the 60 degree mark. It will also drop leaves when the humidity is too low, and when there is excess salts. Moving these plants, to new locations can also cause them to drop leaves. Place the plant in bright filtered light near a sunny window and/or under artificial light..

In terms of humidity, it likes as much humidity as possible.

Allow the soil to dry only slightly between waterings.

Propagation is by stem cuttings.