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Cyrtosperma 'Johnstonii' 75mm Pot

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Welcome to Plant&Leaf and our range of family grown plants. The first photo serves as a representative display, showcasing the beauty of a mature plant. The second photo provides a sample of a single plant from the current batch available. Please note the Pot size displayed on the heading of each product.

All of our plants are grown outdoors in nature and are exposed to the natural elements. Sometimes this means a leaf could have been chewed here and there or have a blemish or two – but we do our best to send the best plants we can on every order.

Cyrtosperma, commonly known as giant swamp taro or yautia, is a tropical plant that is primarily grown for its starchy edible corms. Here are some general guidelines for keeping Cyrtosperma plants:

  1. Climate and Environment: Cyrtosperma plants thrive in warm, tropical climates with high humidity. They prefer temperatures between 21°C to 32°C and do well in areas with consistent moisture and rainfall.

  2. Light: Cyrtosperma plants prefer partial shade to full shade. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning, but prolonged exposure to intense sunlight can cause leaf burn. If grown indoors, place them in a location with bright, indirect light.

  3. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist. Cyrtosperma plants require ample moisture, especially during the growing season. Water them regularly, ensuring that the soil never dries out completely. 

  4. Soil: Plant Cyrtosperma in a well-draining, rich, organic soil mix. They prefer soil that is slightly acidic to neutral. Adding compost or well-rotted manure to the soil can help improve its fertility and moisture retention.

  5. Fertilization: Cyrtosperma plants benefit from regular feeding with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer during the growing season. Apply the fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions to avoid over-fertilization, which can damage the plant.

  6. Mulching: Mulching around the base of the plant can help retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth. Use organic mulch such as straw, shredded leaves, or wood chips.

  7. Support: Some Cyrtosperma species can grow quite tall and may benefit from support to prevent them from toppling over in windy conditions. Staking or tying the stems to a support structure can help provide stability.

  8. Pests and Diseases: While Cyrtosperma plants are relatively pest and disease-resistant, they may occasionally be affected by common garden pests such as aphids, mealybugs, or spider mites. Inspect the plants regularly for signs of pests and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

  9. Overwintering: In cooler climates, Cyrtosperma plants may need to be overwintered indoors or protected from frost. If grown in containers, bring them indoors before the onset of cold weather and place them in a warm, well-lit area.