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3. Butya capitate (Butia capitata)
This type of palm tree remains exotic for us in many ways. Boutiques cannot be found on sale in any flower shop, and it is extremely rare in indoor conditions. But those who are lucky enough to see the grayish-light leaves of this unique palm tree at least once will forever remember its bright silhouette and extraordinary elegance. For their unusual appearance, boutiques are often called one of the most exclusive plants. But the cultivation of this palm tree is within the power of only a select few. After all, the conditions and care for it are not standard.
Butia - palms are very large. Even in indoor culture, they may not be limited to a three-meter height. The silvery-fawn-green, arcuately curving feathery leaves of this beauty grow in length with age, reaching two or more meters.
Separate graceful narrow-lanceolate and very rigid lobes, which can be counted up to a hundred in one leaf of the capitate buttia, grow up to 75 cm long. But the butia does not at all look like a giant palm tree. The thick, wrinkled-scarred trunk visually balances the spreading and strikingly voluminous crown, making this palm tree look very harmonious. And the narrow lobes of the leaves allow for all the massiveness to maintain the overall airiness and elegance.
Boutiques are rightly ranked among the palms, which are best grown in very spacious rooms with special conditions: greenhouses, conservatories or flower showcases. Finding comfortable growing conditions for this palm tree is very difficult.
- Lighting for a capitate boutique: sunny, the brightest place (the lower the illumination, the darker and more "usual" color).
- Temperature regime: in summer temperatures from 21 degrees, in winter - cool content at 10-15 degrees of heat; for the summer, you can take it out into the fresh air.
- Soil for capitate buttia: slightly acidic, light, medium nutritious.
The boutique is transplanted only as needed, trying to avoid it as long as possible. But the replacement of the top layer of the substrate with a fresh one must be carried out annually, regardless of the growth rate and age of the plant. The optimal time for transplanting is mid-spring.
Finding the optimal irrigation regime for a boutique is not easy. This palm tree is afraid of excessive soil moisture, but the drying out of the substrate in the middle layer leads to the beginning of drying out of the tips of the leaves. Therefore, it is better to water this palm frequently, but with a small amount of water, allowing only the top layer of the soil to dry out.
Unlike other capricious palms, butia can be content with average air humidity. But she also cannot stand dry air: the installation of humidifiers in the summer and for the period of operation of heating systems, as well as regular spraying during the period of active growth, will have to be included in the care program for this palm tree.
It is very important for a boutique to provide access to fresh air and regular ventilation. Palm fertilizers are applied from March to September with a frequency of 1 time in 2 weeks.
Buttia is propagated only by seeds.
The continuation of the list of the most capricious indoor palms, see the next page
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