Infojardin dracena fragrans

Infojardin dracena fragrans

Palo de brasil is poisonous

This is a tropical shrub native to the African continent that belongs to the Asparagaceae family. It has a very thin trunk, barely 5cm wide, and a maximum height of 1m. Its leaves are short, up to 40cm long, pointed, and of a bright green color that will combine wonderfully with the decoration of the room where you want to put it.
Ideally, it should be placed in a room with plenty of natural light, although it can be in other rooms that are a little dark. It can be kept outdoors protected from direct sunlight as long as the temperature does not drop below 5ºC.
It resists drought better than overwatering, so it is important to let the substrate dry before watering again. In general, it is recommended to water once or twice a week, once or twice more if it is outdoors.
When the leaves are a little lower than they should be, it is most likely that it is in a room where there is not enough light, so it will be necessary to move it to another area that is better lit.

Palo de agua with mushrooms

Likes high humidity. If you can, spray the foliage with warm water 2 or 3 times a week (as long as it is not in the sun, in which case it could get burned by the «magnifying glass effect»). Or, place the pot on a tray with wet stones. Lack of moisture causes the tips to dry out, so spray the foliage frequently.
Reproduction by cutting the shoots that appear on the trunk and planting them in individual pots. Or, by pieces of «trunk» (stem) in spring and summer. One more method: air layering in spring.

Mosquitoes on palo de brasil

Hello, I have been following you for a long time, thanks to you I have learned a lot about my vegetable garden on the terrace, I have a problem to see if you can help me: in a drawer I saw the other day that some large white mushrooms had come out and I removed them. Then I planted tomatoes and parsley, but now I’m afraid to use the parsley and the tomatoes that come out, in case the mushrooms were poisonous and could have passed into the soil and from there to what was planted.
I am not a novice at all, Esperanza. It is a most logical doubt and one that we should always ask ourselves when faced with an unknown mushroom. Being a little more cautious would avoid more than one unfortunate death. You know what they say: «All mushrooms are edible, but some are edible only once».
In short, I would send him some images of the two species I have mentioned and ask him to identify them. Or tell you the more or less exact size. If it is Chlorophyllum, I am in favor of avoiding the problem (substituting the substrate). If it is Leucocoprinus , no problem, to cultivate.
I hope that the big white mushrooms that Esperanza mentioned were not precisely the toxic ones.  And please, for safety, let us be cautious whenever we find ourselves in a similar situation, trying to identify the mushroom and its possible toxicity.

Red water stick

Dracaena Marginata has it all! It is beautiful, stylish and believe it or not, it is also easy to care for. It looks spectacular in any corner and will give an exotic and different touch to the room where you place it.
Dracaena is native to tropical areas of Africa so it needs warm climates and medium-high humidity. Finding it is quite easy as it is available in Fronda, Vedecora and even in Ikea.
As I always say, it is better to under-water than over-water. So water your plant only when the substrate is completely dry. And when you water it, water it abundantly until the water comes out of the drainage holes of the pot.
Taking into account my experience, I advise you to apply half the amount recommended by the manufacturer of the product when fertilizing. I have literally «fried» more than one plant by rigorously applying the quantities indicated on the packages.
Obviously this depends on the brand of fertilizer you use, but better safe than sorry. So be cautious with the fertilizer and never use too much, it is preferable to use less.

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