bokarney (elephant leg) / beaucarnea
Refers to the family of agave. Fatherland - Mexico.
General description : Bokarneya is not so much beautiful as it is unusual.
It is a tall solitary plant resembling a palm tree. The bakarnea grows slowly, but it can grow up to 2 m. Its peculiarity is the trunk, which is thickened at the base and has a bulging, bulb-like base. It perfectly retains moisture, which acts bokarneyu quite undemanding to care. In a mature plant, the stem looks like a bottle. At the top of the stem, the long, long (up to 1.5 m) leaves are collected in a rosette. Because of the shape of the crown, the plant owns another popular name - the Horse's tail.
Only one species is distributed - Beaucarnea recurvata (Bokarnee bent) or Nolina recurvata (Nolina recurvata).
Recommendations for the care of the plant Bokarneya:
Illumination : photophilous, requires direct sunlight.
Irrigation mode : Moderate during growth, in winter unusual, especially if the plant is kept cool. Overflow can be disastrous, but the desiccation of the soil as well as try not to admit at all.
Humidity : Requires regular spraying in the summer and dry cool atmosphere during periods of inactivity.
Temperature regime : Adores the coolness, especially in winter (up to 7 0 C).
Soil: Proper benign drainage is required. Recommended soil mix: 1 share clay, 1 share leaf earth and 1 share sand.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with liquid complex fertilizers.
Breeding : It is allowed to reproduce by sprouts during transplantation, but rarely.
Transplantation : In the spring, young plants annually, mature once a couple of years.
Transplant should be carefully, without damaging the earth. Later, the transplantation of a couple of days does not water.
Pests : It is infrequent.
Bokarney (Elephant's leg) - Beaucarnea