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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii bears many names some of which are Paurotis palm, Everglades palm or silver saw palm. It makes interesting landscape specimen and is mainly grown in south Florida. The plant generally grows in small islands and spreads its branches like a green horizon over its long stem.
The Acoelorrhaphe Wrightii is commonly known as Paurotis palm, Everglades palm or silver saw palm.
The plant is a native of South Florida and is well known for its spreading branches over the tall stem.
The plant is widely grown as a landscape specimen in West Indies, Cuba and parts of central America.
The Acoelorrhaphe Wrightii can be planted during any part of the year and is fairly easy to maintain.
The plant can grow up to 30 feet of height and it spreads to 2-3 feet of diameter.
The plant cannot handle frost therefore, it is preferable to grow it in frost-free regions.
The Paurotis palm grows best if the temperature of the region is between 22 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
The plant can grow well in well-drained and moderately fertile soil.
The Paurotis palm is adaptable to any sort of soil but it should not be grown in Calcareous soil that is found typical build-up landscapes, side of roadways and parking lots.
If grown in such type of soil, the plant suffers from Manganese deficiency.
The light requirement of the Acoelorrhaphe Wrightii is quite high.
Best results are seen in the exposure of direct light but the plant can also survive under partial shade.
The Acoelorrhaphe Wrightii has medium water requirements.
The plant has to be watered by maintaining proper gaps in between subsequent watering.
The plant requires being watered once in a week during the period of low rainfall.
The soil should always remain moist therefore, clay soil is more preferable.
The plant is easy to propagate. The ideal method of propagation is by using division of clumps or seeds that germinate well.
The plant generally suffers from the deficiency of Manganese.
Therefore, it requires a fertiliser that that consists of all micronutrients and trace elements.
A slow release fertiliser can also be used.
The plant may suffer from frizzle top, a disorder due to Manganese deficiency.
It may show unhealthy yellow colouration due to the deficiency of Magnesium.