I am Clusia rosea Princess. I am a strong plant with thick, leathery, oval green leaves, which shine beautifully. My leaves grow per pair on a stalk and can grow up to 20 cms. Sometimes I make side branches in the armpits of the leaves. My trunk and branches are green at first, but after a while, they lignify the bottom up and will get a brown color.
I am a member of the genus of clusiaceae and originally live in the rainforests of the Caribbean, South America, and even in the south of the United States. There I grow on different surfaces, from very dry to very wet and from up in another tree or in the soil (semi-epiphyte). When I am in a very dry climate for a while I can make long air roots. I distinguish myself by a smaller leaf structure because I am created by selective breeding, the leaf of my family is much larger.
My hang out
I am an attractive plant for consumers who love convenience! I thrive the best in a heated living room, at a minimum of 16 degrees Celsius. Put me as light as possible, without direct sunlight. In a somewhat dark place, I can grow well, I will just adapt myself. It is important, however, that I do not always like to move from a very light to a dark place.
I prefer humid soil, give water once a week, and prevent the pot tips from drying out. The best thing is that the ground is dark brown, then you know it is not too dry. If the ground is black, the soil is too wet. If you give too large amounts of water at a time, my roots will end up in a layer of water which can cause root rot. I require a bit of plant food every month. In the winter you can moderate with the watering. High humidity is not very important for me, because my leaves have a thick, leathery exterior.
I’m an air-cleaning plant
A good feature is that I have a high air purifying ability and I am a natural air freshener. I neutralize harmful substances by absorbing them and breaking them down in my roots. I clean the air by converting CO2 into oxygen. I also regulate the humidity through my evaporation process.