Ask a Question forum: Indoor Posoqueria longiflora (Needle Flower Tree)

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Name: Kali
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
Nov 2, 2016 9:36 PM CST
I have a Posoqueria longiflora I just purchased from a greenhouse. It was repotted in sterilized potting soil. I don't know a darn thing about it otherwise. I wanted an easy to care for fragrant plant for indoors and this was suggested. I kill every plant I've ever owned and need serious help with how to care for this plant before I kill it too. I gave it a "good soak" as instructed, meaning I watered it until a trickle came out the bottom of the pot. The plant looks healthy besides a black tarry substance on a few blooms and just noticed some spider mites. It is on a table near a south facing window with a heat vent close by. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!!
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Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Nov 3, 2016 6:12 AM CST
Hi Kali, I've never grown Posoqueria longiflora but it sure is a beauty! As a houseplant it would require pretty bright light through the winter months and being a tropical plant, it needs high humidity as well. Try to keep it away from heat vents which will cause it to dry out quickly.

I'm curious as to what that black, tar like substance is on the blooms; that would concern me a bit. It may be a fungal infection; I use cinnamon as a natural treatment for fungal issues on my plants but I can't advise on your plant since I'm not sure what it is. Hopefully others will pop in to take a look and offer suggestions.
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Name: Kali
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
Nov 5, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Thank you! I'm in the process of figuring it out too. Since the heat is on and its dry inside, is misting the plant a good idea?
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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Nov 5, 2016 9:49 PM CST
How close is the heat vent. I hate to be a downer, but heat vents are lethal for plants if they are too near, and especially if blown on. Your tree is beautiful. Does it's scent remind you of anything. I have never seen one before. Nice nice find.

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