El lapacho it is one of the most beautiful tropical deciduous trees. During the flowering season, its branches sprout a large number of flowers of a magnificent pink color that will beautify all types of gardens, regardless of whether they are small, medium or large.
In addition, can be grown in a pot for years, since it tolerates pruning quite well.
Table of Contents
- 1 Origin and characteristics of the lapacho
- 2 How do you take care of yourself?
- 3 What is?
- 4 Where to buy pink lapacho?
Origin and characteristics of the lapacho
Our protagonist is a deciduous tree native to South America, specifically from Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and northern Argentina. It is also found in southern Mexico. It is called lapacho or pink lapacho, and receives the scientific name Handroanthus impetiginosus.
Can reach a maximum height of 30 meters with a trunk up to 50 centimeters thick. It develops a rounded crown, with leaves composed of about five somewhat serrated leaflets, elliptical or lanceolate, which measure 6-8 centimeters.
Blooms in late winter, before the appearance of the foliage. The flowers are tubular, with a pink or purple corolla, sometimes white, and 4 centimeters long. The fruit is a dry capsule that contains a large number of winged seeds.
How do you take care of yourself?
If you want to have a copy, we recommend you take care of it as follows:
It is a tree that has to be placed outside, full sun. If you are going to plant it in the garden, it must be at a minimum distance of 5 meters from pipes, paved floors, etc., so that it can grow correctly and without causing damage.
It depends on where you are going to be:
- Flower pot: fill it with universal plant substrate (for sale here!), or mulch (for sale here!).
- the garden: requires soils rich in organic matter and with good drainage.
It is a plant that does not withstand drought, so it is important to ensure that the soil or substrate is always somewhat damp. Taking this into account, It should be watered an average of 3-4 times a week during the summer, and an average of 2-3 times the rest of the year.
If you have it in a pot, the ideal is not to put any plate under it, because if it is always kept full, the roots will rot.
From early spring to late summer it must be paid once every fifteen days or monthly. Water is vital, but for you to have better health it is very important to give you 'something to eat' from time to time 😉.
Therefore, do not hesitate to fertilize with mulch, compost, guano, worm castings or other natural products.
Late winter, or in autumn if it is a tree that is already blooming, remove the dry, diseased branches and those that are weak. You can also take advantage of to trim the branches that are growing too much.
Use pruning tools previously disinfected with pharmacy rubbing alcohol or a little dishwasher.
It is a plant that multiplies by seeds in spring-summer following this step by step:
- First, a seedbed is filled (trays with holes, pots, ... or anything else that is waterproof and that can be made with some holes in the base) with universal substrate.
- Then, it is watered consciously.
- The seeds are then placed on the surface so that they are as far apart as possible.
- Afterwards, a little copper or sulfur is sprinkled over them to repel fungi.
- Finally, they are covered with a thin layer of substrate, and watered again.
Placing the seedbed outside, in semi-shade or in full sun, will germinate in about two to four weeks if the soil is kept humid and if the temperature is around 20-25ºC.
Planting or transplanting time
Does not resist frost. Maybe it can hold down to -1ºC, but only if the temperature rises to 15ºC or faster. So if you live in an area where it is cold, feel free to protect it in a greenhouse or indoors during the winter.
The pink lapacho is a tree with several uses:
As an ornamental plant
It is a beauty when it is in flower, and when it is not too 😉. It is a perfect tree to have as an isolated specimen, in groups more or less separated or in lineups.
As a medicinal plant
The bark of its trunk used to treat kidney or gallbladder disease, taken in infusions or capsules. Although if you suspect or if you know that you have these health problems, it is highly recommended to consult a professional before taking lapacho.
For its wood
It is greyish brown in color, and although it is difficult to detach, is highly appreciated for parts they will be out in the open.
Where to buy pink lapacho?
Outside its place of origin it can be quite difficult to find. But don't worry, from here you can get some seeds:
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