Pakhira has beautiful leaves that resemble chestnut leaves in shape. It is because of this similarity that pakhira is also called Guiana or Malabar chestnut. Thanks to the beautiful crown, this plant is also grown at home.
Pahira (Pachira) Is a genus of trees of the Malvaceae family (Malvaceae), native to South and Central America, India and Africa. The genus includes about 50 species.
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Pakhira care at home
The plant is warm and moisture-loving, and if you provide it with these conditions, then the pakhira will delight you with its rapid growth. The height of a plant in a room in just a couple of years can reach 2 – 3 meters. If such a tall plant is not needed, then its growth can be easily limited by pinching new young shoots.
Young shoots of pakhira are green and flexible, so they are easy to form. Several plants can be planted in one pot and, removing the lower leaves, the bare young stems can be intertwined with a “pigtail” as they grow. Most often, such intertwined plants go on sale.
Conditions for growing pakhira
Pakhira is thermophilic. It is desirable that in summer the temperature in the room with the plant is 22-25 degrees. In winter, it should not fall below 18 ° C.
This plant requires a lot of sunlight. Pakhira grows well near the southern window, although it is better not to expose it to direct midday sun rays. Not bad pakhira will feel in partial shade.
The earth lump in a pot with a plant should not dry out. In summer, watering is more intense than in winter. At the same time, flooding the plant with water should be avoided, since waterlogging leads to decay of the root system.
Pakhira leaves require to be sprayed regularly. This is especially important in rooms with low humidity.
The soil for pakhira should not be too nutritious. A mixture consisting of leaf and turf soil, to which sand and brick chips are added, is suitable. The pot should not be deep, because the root system of the pachira is located at the surface. Drainage required.
Feeding and transplanting pakhira
It is recommended to feed pakhira during the growth period twice a month with complex fertilizers.
Young plants can be replanted annually to accelerate growth. The new pot should be 4-5 centimeters larger than the old one. Adult specimens are transplanted every few years as they grow.
Reproduction of the pahira
Pachira cuttings that bear leaf and bud root well at high temperature and humidity. Pakhira is usually cut at the end of summer. Pakhira seeds are commercially available and, if desired, you can try to germinate them by planting them on the surface of the soil at a temperature of about 25 ° C, and then cover them with glass. Seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks.