Viñátigo (Persea indica)

Persea indicates

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El vinatigo It is a very interesting tree to have in the gardens, since it has a wide crown that provides excellent shade. In addition, it is very easy to care for. Now, like all plants, he also has his preferences which we cannot pass up.

So let's see what are the characteristics of this tree and what are their cares so that we can enjoy it to the fullest.

Origin and characteristics

Persea indicates

Our protagonist is an endemic evergreen tree from Madeira, Azores and the Canary Islands whose scientific name is Persea indicates. It is popularly known as viñátigo, and reaches a height of 20 meters. As we said, it develops a more or less wide crown, formed by large and simple green leaves.

Its growth rate is medium to fast, so if we are in a hurry to get an idyllic garden we will not have to wait long with it, since it is also not difficult to maintain. But let's take a closer look at it.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a specimen of viñátigo, we recommend that you provide it with the following care:

  • Location: outdoors, in full sun or in semi-shade.
  • Earth: grows in clay-loam soils and in neutral-acid soils.
  • Irrigation: it has to be watered 3-4 times a week in summer, and every 4-5 days the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: from spring to summer it must be paid with organic fertilizers, such as guano, compost, herbivorous animal manure u others.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring. Direct sowing in hotbed (flowerpot, milk container, seedling tray ...) with universal cultivation substrate. If all goes well, they will germinate in 1-2 months.
  • Rusticity: withstands cold and frosts down to -1ºC.

What did you think of the viñátigo? Did you know him? If the weather is good, you are sure to be delighted with it, since its leaves and bark can also be used in the form of infusion, decoction or extract as anti-inflammatory, skin-friendly and bactericidal. 🙂


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