Australian Chestnut

English name:

Australian Chestnut

Latin name:

Castanospermum australe

About me:

I have a crown of dark green leaves which sit atop strong green stems with light brown freckles. The stems sprout from cracked-open chestnuts, at my base. I am also known as Moreton Bay Chestnut & Black Bean.

Useful to know:

Origin

I am native to the coastal rainforests and beaches of Australia.

Height/Growth

I'm a slow grower but can become a large tree in my native Australia, where I can reach 40 meters.

Light

I like a bright spot but keep me out of the midday sun.

Water

Water me regularly, but only when the potting compost feels dry to the touch. Once a week should be enough.

Temperature

I like the warmth: 18-23°C would be perfect. I don't like it when it gets too cold (under 10 degrees).

Feeding

Feed me occasionally in spring and summer with an all-purpose fertiliser, or one especially for foliage plants.

Grooming

Please spray and/or wipe my leaves regularly to prevent dust build up - you can even pop me under the shower occasionally.

Care

If you want me to grow to a larger plant, transplant me into a larger pot. I will stay compact if not potted up.

Toxicity

My leaves and seeds are toxic, so I'm best kept away from pets.

Fact

Keep me dry in the winter, and I could produce sprays of red and yellow pea-shaped flowers. This isn't very easy to achieve in the living room but I can surprise you!

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