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Pandanus Genus

Screw pine

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Description

Pandanus genus (Screw pine). There are about 250 species, they are palm-like evergreens some can grow about 15m or more tall. The leaves are sword-shaped with spiny-edged green leaves they are arranged spirally at the ends of the branches. The flowers are white and very small, which are followed by red or yellow berries.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Origin

Africa, India, Asia & Pacific

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and overall appearance.

Cultivation

They need a tropical or subtropical climate with full sun or partial-shade. Grow them in moist, well-drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds; make sure you soak for about 24 hours before planting them. Or you can propagate from suckers in spring or by cuttings of lateral shoots in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite and scale insects may be troublesome.

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