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Corinocarpus (Corynocarpus laevigata)

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This evergreen and very ornamental plant, called the "New Zealand Laurel", in its appearance really looks like a laurel. This rare ornamental leaf plant is given special beauty by its shiny green leaves. In culture, the corinocarpus is not as complex as it might seem at first glance. In our conditions, the plant does not bloom and does not bear fruit. However, this should not be regretted, since the elongated orange fruits contain very poisonous seeds.

Origin: The genus Corinocarpus (Corynocarpus) comes from New Zealand.

Appearance: Under natural conditions, the corinocarpus grows in the form of a bush and in its appearance is similar not only to laurel, but also to ficus. The leaves are located on dense branches that extend from the main shoot side up.

Care: The Corinocarpus needs a bright place all year round. In winter, the plant is kept at a temperature of 5-10 ° C and watered very moderately. In the summer with watering, one should also not be particularly zealous; it is quite enough to keep the earthen lump moderately moist. In the summer, the Corinocarpus is very useful to endure ...

Types of "Corinocarpus"

The soil
  • Light, nutritious, neutral, it is possible to use ready-made universal soil. Good drainage is mandatory.
The size
  • from 100 to 200 cm
Flowering time
  • January to December
Possible colors
    Illumination
    • Many // Western, southern orientation, may require several hours of direct sunlight
    Watering
    • Medium // Heavy watering 2-3 times a week
    Difficulty of leaving
    • Medium // Generally unpretentious, may present specific requirements for this type of
    Air humidity
    • Medium // Moderate humidity (at least 35%, normal street humidity in the shade)
    Fertilizer frequency
    • Medium // Fertilizer only during the period of active growth (minimum during the rest period)

    Content

    • 1. Description
    • 2. Growing
    • 3. Diseases and pests
    • 4. Reproduction
    • 5. First steps after purchase
    • 6. Secrets of success
    • 7. Possible difficulties

    Corinocarpus is an evergreen ornamental shrub belonging to the Corinocarpaceae family, numbering about six species, endemic to New Zealand, New Guinea and some islands of the Pacific Ocean. This typical inhabitant of coastal forests, the local population calls "Karaka", which in Maori means "orange" for the color of the fruit. In English literature, you can also find the name New Zealand Lavra. Externally, the plant really looks like a noble laurel, ficus and shefler at the same time.

    He attracts gardeners with his large, sometimes up to 20 cm., Saturated green glossy leathery leaves with an elongated oval shape. They are located on dense shoots directed in different directions and slightly up. As a result of pruning, the plant is given original shapes and is not allowed to grow to its maximum size.

    In summer, the Corinocarpus blooms with small whitish-yellow flowers collected in panicled inflorescences. Later, in their place, bright orange fruits of a rounded elongated shape are formed. In combination with green leaves, they give the plant an elegant look. If the conditions of detention are not observed, it is not possible to achieve flowering, and, accordingly, the fruits. It should be clarified that the Corinocarpus does not lose its attractiveness even in the absence of its natural decoration.

    In room culture, the only species bred is the Corinokarpus smooth, on the basis of which varieties with variegated and plain leaves are bred. Usually this is a perennial compact tree 1-1.5 m tall, rather slow growing.

    Since the fruits are poisonous, the plant should be placed out of reach of children and animals.

    Designers consider them focal plants, ideal for interiors in a minimalist style.

    First steps after purchase

    The purchase of the Corinocarpus, its movement from one place to another, the change in the microclimate in which the plant is used to being, do not go unnoticed. In order to smooth out unpleasant sensations as much as possible, comfortable conditions are created for him.

    It should also be borne in mind that the Corinocarpus got into a new house from a store, where no one paid due attention to its health and pests that could settle on it. It is recommended to arrange a small quarantine for the plant. During this time, it is treated with pest chemicals. After a short observation, you can put the plant in a permanent place.

    Secrets of Success

    For the full growth of the photophilous tree, it is necessary to provide sufficient lighting. In the summer, southeast and southwest windows may be ideal if there is little shading. It can be carried out on a balcony or a verandah, but to protect from drafts.

    In winter, the Corinocarpus is recommended to be rearranged to the south window.

    The optimal temperature regime for a thermophilic plant is + 18-20 ° С, in winter these indicators should not fall below + 10 ° С.

    Humidity for the Corinocarpus is not a prerequisite. Spraying can be carried out only in very dry air and not often. You can also put a pot of plants in a pan with wet pebbles.

    Possible difficulties

    The tips of the leaves turned brown and dried

    Reasons: 1) lack of fertilizer, 2) drying out of the earth coma.

    Leaves lose brightness

    Reasons: 1) insufficient lighting.

    Dry spots appeared on the leaves

    Reason: sunburn.

    Leaves grow small

    Reasons: 1) insufficient nutrients in the soil, 2) insufficient lighting.

    Reasons: 1) a sharp drop in daily temperature, 2) low humidity.

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