Bencomia caudata

If you have a small garden or terrace that needs plant life, you have to look for plants that can live well in those places. But that does not mean that you will have a stay with little variety, on the contrary. If you search well, you will find very interesting species such as Bencomia caudata.

This is a small tree or shrub that can be had both in the ground and planted in a pot, since it is very adaptable. Find out.

Origin and characteristics

It is a small tree or evergreen shrub (it remains evergreen) from the Canary Islands whose scientific name is Bencomia caudata. It is popularly known as bencomia, and it grows to a height of 2 to 4 meters. Its trunk is straight and brittle, with a bark that falls off in plates. The leaves are compound, odd-pinnate and measure up to 30cm in length.

The flowers are grouped in hanging catkins, the male ones being yellowish and the female ones somewhat pink. The fruit has a subglobose shape, is yellowish when ripe and measures 4-5mm in diameter.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a specimen of Bencomia caudata, we recommend giving it the following care:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun or in semi-shade.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate mixed with 30% perlite or akadama.
    • Garden: grows in all types of soils, but prefers those that have good drainage.
  • Irrigation: it has to be watered about 4 times a week in summer, and somewhat less often the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer with ecological fertilizers once every 15-20 days.
  • Multiplication: it multiplies by seeds in spring. Direct sowing in spring.
  • Hardiness: withstands cold and frost down to -7ºC. It can live in hot tropical climates without problems.

What do you think of Bencomia caudata ? Have you heard of her?

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