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Cassia: tips on care, reproduction and pests

If the care is right, the cassia will reward you with abundant flowering that can last almost until the beginning of winter. Also known as the spice bark, the plant primarily needs warmth and the right amount of watering.

Cassia: Care

The spice bark needs a lot of water, which is why you should water the plant abundantly, especially in summer. The ball should always be evenly moist - because if it dries out, the container plant loses its leaves. When watering, you should make sure that no waterlogging forms in the planter. If you feed your cassia with liquid fertilizer about every three days for maintenance between the months of April and August, it will reward you with a profuse flowering. You can make a rejuvenation cut in autumn or spring - but the better time is before the new budding in spring. You can now trim about a third of the shoots without damaging the plant.

Propagation of the spice bark

If you want to propagate your cassia, the best way to do this is by cuttings. It is particularly important that neither the air nor the earth are too humid. The ideal soil temperature for the cuttings is between fifteen and twenty degrees Celsius. Propagation via seeds in spring is also possible - however, the seeds are not available everywhere.

Pests and diseases

The spice bark is usually a very robust plant that, with proper care, is rarely affected by disease. If there are silver spots on the leaves, it could indicate a spider mite infestation. If you see dark, soot-like coatings on the plant, it is likely that aphids have been infected - you can wash them off your cassia with water.