Trachyandra is a beauty. It is an exotic plant that you would love owning. If you want an exotic plant in your collection, you should grow a Trachyandra plant. Its spiral leaves are not only attractive but also adorning. It is a beauty to behold and everyone would fall in love with this plant instantly.
A trachyandra plant is a genus of plants similar to Albuca, The albuca genus has over 100 species most of which can be found in South Africa. However, the majority of the trachyandra species are from the Western Cape of Africa. The trachyandra are perennials and have very fleshy leaves. Sometimes the leaves are also hairy. The trachyandra plants are mainly small and like shrubs. They are springy and very unique. This makes them a desirable option for collectors. The leaves are fleshy and they have white star-shaped flowers.
Caring for a trachyandra can be a challenge. They are unique and scarce plants because of their special features. Thus, you should pamper them if you have them. In this article, I will be showing you how you can care for trachyandra and where you can buy a few if you would love to own them.
Tips on Caring for A Trachyandra
Use the Right Potting Mix
When caring for a trachyandra, you should be mindful of the potting mix used in planting these lovely plants. Trachyandra grows naturally in scrublands and dry grasslands. They are used to the soil type in these places and this is why they struggle outside their natural habitat most of the time. However, you can easily solve this problem with the right potting mix. The right potting mix for the trachyandra is a well-drained soil.
Tryachandras do not love moisture. They are succulents and succulents fare well with little moisture. They have their fleshy leaves and stems to store enough water to last for a while. Thus, you should plant a trachyandra in well-drained soil. Planting them in a water-logged or moisture absorbing mix can cause their roots to rot. When the roots rot, they can no longer transport the necessary nutrients to the plants and this will cause the plants to die.
This makes it easy for you to grow trachyandra plants indoors as they require less moisture and they can survive in an environment that is dry fairly more than most plants. Also, trachyandra fares well in cold seasons. It may be a stressful period but they can adapt to the stress easily.
Thus, the first step in caring for your trachyandra is getting the potting mix right. You can purchase a well-drained soil from a gardening shop or you can make your mix yourself. It is an easy and fun process and very inexpensive also. Thus, if you don’t find the perfect mix, you can try and mix one yourself.
Watering the Trachyandra.
Trachyandra plants are used to going without water for a while. They were typically found in dry areas with little access to water. Thus, their water needs differ from most plants. While you may find a need to water your plants regularly, you should create a different schedule for watering your trachyandra plant. Too much water can cause the roots of your trachyandra to rot. However, if you fail to provide them with sufficient moisture, the foliage will dry out and wither and you will be left with unhealthy looking succulents. The key is to find a balance between the plants needed for water and the need for the soil to be well-drained. Using the right potting mix will help ameliorate this problem but there are other ways you can control water that the trachyandra plant gets
One important way is to water the plants according to the season. The moisture requirements of plants differ in each season. Most plants need more moisture during the summer than in the winter. They are winter growers. This means that they go dormant in summer. Thus, you should only provide minimal water and keep them in a well-ventilated area during the summer. When the temperature goes down the plants will bloom and the leaves will begin to regrow.
However, trachyandra requires regular watering throughout its active growth. Therefore, it is recommended that you water the trachyandra every few weeks but ensure that the plant dries out before watering. You can do this by dipping your finger in the soil to check if the soil is moist. If the soil is not moist, then you may need to water again. However, if the soil is moist, you can skip watering for a while.
Also, when watering a trachyandra, ensure that you water the soil directly. You can put it under a tap and allow the water to run through. Then, you should let the water drain and repeat the process.Do not water the leaves or plants so that they don’t end up with moldy leaves.
Exposure to Sunlight
All Succulents love light and they need the right exposure to sunlight to thrive. Thus, a good way of caring for a trachyandra is by ensuring that it gets just enough sunlight exposure. Sunlight exposure depends on where you live and where you keep your plants. If you live in a sunny zone or area, you should limit exposure to sunlight as much as possible. However, if you live in a cold region, you should ensure that the plant gets exposed to sunlight at every opportunity you get.
It is recommended that your plants get at least 3 hours of direct sun every day. This could be outdoor sun or positioning them close to a window. It is also advisable to place them under the morning sun. When the trachyandra plant is still growing, you should control their exposure to sunlight so and not to scar the leaves. Your gorgeous plant can begin to wilt in a couple of days or weeks if they are exposed to more sunlight than they can handle. Thus, they should be transitioned over a period of time before you expose them directly to sunlight., You can easily do this by starting with an area that is partially shaded. When your plant is ready for more sunlight, you will know.
Feed The Trachyandra
All plants need some form of food or nutrients to grow and blossom. The trachyandra is no exception. In caring for a trachyandra, you should feed the plants often. I am sure you know that by feeding, I am referring to fertilizer. Fertilizer or composts are good sources of nutrients for plants.
Although succulents thrive in low nutrient environments, it is still important to feed them once in a while. The perfect soil for trachyandra plants is loose and well-drained soil. Thus, fertilizers should be added sparingly and in little quantity. It is recommended that you add fertilizers to the soil once or twice in a year. The reward is that your trachyandra plants will remain healthy and beautiful. Of course, succulents can get some nutrients from the soil but fertilizers will help them grow better. Thus, if you want your trachyandra to maintain its fleshy, springy and coily nature, you should feed them with the right nutrients and in the right quantity.
Use the Right Pot
After you buy your trachyandra, you should repot them as soon as possible. Succulents need a good pot to grow properly and the small plastic pots that come with most succulents are not ideal for this lovely plant. The soil also retains moisture and this is because the pots do not come with any sort of drainage. You should repot this plant and move the plant to a pot with drainage holes. This will enable the soil to dry quickly and ensure that the soil is well-drained at all times. If you don’t do this, your trachyandra plant will sit in wet soil and the roots of the plant may begin to rot.
Therefore, you should get a pot that has good drainage holes. A terra cotta pot is a good option for trachyandra plants because they dry quickly. Terra Cotta pots prevents water from building up and they are breathable. Another good option is ceramic pots. There are other good pots but you should ensure that whichever pot you settle for has a good drainage. This is more important than the type of pot used.
Clean Your Plant
When you leave your plant indoors, they tend to become dusty after a while. This is especially tricky for the trachyandra plant because of its coily nature. Dusts may stick to the hidden parts of the trachyandra plants. Dust affects plants because it clogs the areolas and makes it difficult for the plants to breathe or transpire. It also affects you in the long run by affecting the air that you breathe.
Thus, you should endeavour to keep your trachyandra plant and your indoor plants clean at all times. To clean your trachyandra plants, make use of a paintbrush and little water. You can gently dip the paintbrush in water and wipe the surface of the plant. You will be able to clean all the hidden parts of the plant with a paintbrush, You should make this a regular thing so that your trachyandra plants will remain sparkling green.
Get Rid of Pests
Pests are not common with indoor plants but if you neglect your plant, you can expose them to pests. Pests are attracted to succulents because of their juicy leaves and stems. The trachyandra can be a good habitat for pests because of its springy and coily nature. Pests have a lot of places to hide in a trachyandra.
Common pest that attacks trachyandra plants and most succulents are gnats and bugs. They are attracted to succulents and thrive in wet soil. This is why you should ensure to keep your soil well-drained all the time. If it is too wet and doesn’t have proper drainage, pests may attack your plants. Also, you should spray the leaves and succulents with an insecticide frequently in order to get rid of the eggs and larvae.
Another major attraction for pests is fertilizer. As explained above, trachyandra plants do not need much fertilizer. Thus you should do this sparingly.
Where to Buy Trachyandra Plants
Trachyandra plants are a rare species. They are unique and this has contributed to their scarcity in a way. Most collectors buy and preserve them thus it may be difficult to find a trachyandra plant when looking to buy one. Unlike most succulents, that can be found in roadside garden shops, trachyandra plants are hard to come by. However, here are a few places you can purchase a trachyandra plant from.
When looking for trachyandra plants, you should check popular online stores like Amazon, Ebay and Aliexpress. These online stores list exotic plants for sale occasionally and trachyandra plant has been listed on these stores severally. Thus it wouldn’t hurt to check online stores for this plant. You can also contact the sellers and ask them to put you on a list. They will contact you whenever they have one to sell or source for them for you depending on the quantity you want to buy.
Trade Fairs and Exhibitions
A plant trade fair or exhibition is always very exciting. You get to see different exotic plants displayed for your viewing and buying pleasure. Thus, if you have not had any luck with finding a trachyandra, you should attend the next plant’s trade fair. Apart from a trachyandra, you will also see different exotic plants to buy. If you do not find the trachyandra plant, you can approach an exhibitor to help you get one, They will most likely know where to buy a trachyandra plant and refer you or source for it for you.
The trachyandra is no doubt a great an exotic plant but it is your responsibility to ensure that it remains so. Thus, you should take care of the plant to maintain its fine features and I hope the tips shared in this article will help you care for you plant the right way. I can definitely vouch that it is a good place to start.