Ochna integerrima

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Ochna integerrima

Post  luc tran on Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:31 am

I was hoping if anyone can give me some care tips, habits of Ochna integerrima. I tried looking on the net, not too much there. I'm in Austin, Texas zone 8b. Bought the tree as a present for my dad during Vietnamese New Year this year. The tree was inside the store, dont know for how long. When I got it, I nip most of the flower buds but when I gave it to my dad, he let if flowered. The tree is currently outside in full sun except early morning, no humidity tray. Water once a day and fertilized lightly. The tree has put out 5 inches long growth this year but very few and sparse. I dare to say the tree has no more than 50 leaves. Leaf size is about 3 inches long 1 inches wide. I did not report the tree. Was going to work it back up to good health first. Any help would be appreciated. I'll try to get some pictures. The edges of the leaves are curling inward as if too much sun but it is not scorched at all. The first set of leaves that sprouted before i moved it out to full sun are bigger. Leaves have a deep green color.

Thank you,
Luc

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Re: Ochna integerrima

Post  JMcCoy on Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:48 pm

Interesting plant, Luc (I had to look it up). Hopefully someone with experience with this species will let you know!

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Re: Ochna integerrima

Post  Andre Beaurain on Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:12 am

Ochna is a stunning little tree growing in Africa and Asia, there are about 80 odd species.
We call them the Mickey Mouse bushes.
Why? The flowers sepals, (calyx),- thats the part that holds the flower- swells up when the flower is pollinated, usually 4, but this number may differ. Anyway, the fruit turns first red then black, when the sepals turn black, the rest of the flower/fruit still stays red. And walla -- Mickey Mouse, red face with two big round black ears!!

The leaves are leathery and finely serrated, which means - tough plant, but very slow I'm afraid. In landscaping they never grow to the size as in Nature. So I treat them as if a shrub, We plant Ochna serrulata.
It is know for its sparse foliage, very few and far between. Very Happy
The stems are also covered by tiny lenticels, which gives it a salt an pepper look.

It does very well under transplanting.

Be carefull not to overwater, I think thats the reason for the tips of the leaves curling. Because believe me they can handle drought alright!!

Does the leaves still feel very leathery?

Hope it helps
Love and light
Andre

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Post  luc tran on Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:15 am


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Post  luc tran on Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:19 am

So here are the promised pictures of the tree



Here is this years new growth:




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Post  luc tran on Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:21 am

Thank you Andre,

I was told about the watering. I was away for 3 days this past week (No watering) and when I came back the tree pushed out a lot more growth. I'm not too sure how much to water so I'm going to test it out.

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