How to Grow Drimys Lanceolata - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Drimys lanceolata is a flowering plant in the genus drimys. the species is native to temperate rainforests of southern beech (nothofagus) in chile and argentina. it is an evergreen tree growing to 30 m tall. the leaves are opposite, oblong-elliptic, 6–15 cm long and 3–5 cm broad, with a toothed margin. the flowers are white, borne in axillary clusters. the fruit is a woody capsule, 5–9 cm long and 4–6 cm broad, containing numerous black seeds.

How to Grow Drimys Lanceolata - Plant Care & Tips

Popular name

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Things to Know

  • Drimys lanceolata is a flowering plant that is native to southern Chile and Argentina.
  • It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that typically grows to 6-12 m (20-40 ft) tall.
  • The leaves are lanceolate (lance-shaped), 6-18 cm (4-1 in) long and 2-4 cm (0.79-57 in) wide, and arranged in opposite pairs.
  • The flowers are white or pale pink, 6-9 mm (0.24-0.35 in) long, with four petals.
  • The fruit is a woody capsule, 6-9 mm (0.24-0.35 in) diameter, containing four seeds.
  • The genus name Drimys comes from the Greek word drys, meaning "oak", in reference to the resemblance of the leaves of some species to those of oak trees.
  • The specific epithet lanceolata means "lanceolate", in reference to the shape of the leaves.
  • It is commonly known as lenga, linche, or winter's bark.
  • It is the national flower of Argentina.
  • The wood of D. lanceolata is hard and durable, and is used in the construction of furniture, floors, and barrels.

Planting Process

  1. For drimys lanceolata, first step is to find a location that has well-drained soil and ample sunlight.
  2. Next, dig a hole that is twice the size of the tree’s root ball.
  3. Place the tree in the hole and backfill with soil.
  4. Water the tree deeply and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer.
  5. Stake the tree if necessary.
  6. Prune away any damaged or diseased branches.
  7. Mulch around the tree to help retain moisture.
  8. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep root system.
  9. Fertilize yearly with a balanced fertilizer.
  10. Enjoy your drimys lanceolata tree!

The Soil

About soil condition, Drimys lanceolata grows in well-drained soils. It prefers soil that is high in organic matter and does not tolerate heavy, wet soils. It is also tolerant of poor soils, but not as tolerant as it is of well-drained soils.

Light condition

Not too different with other members of the genus Drimys, the Lanceolate has a high light requirement. If you want your plant to thrive, make sure it gets plenty of sun. Place it in a sunny spot near a window, and give it a few hours of direct sunlight each day.

Good Temperature

The temperature condition that is most ideal for Drimys lanceolata to grow in is a moderate temperature. This means that the temperature should not be too hot or too cold. The plant is native to regions with cool summers and mild winters, such as the mountainous regions of Chile. Therefore, it is best to grow Drimys lanceolata in a location that has a similar climate.

Humidity Level

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is 65-75%. The plant should be misted often to raise the humidity level. The leaves of the plant will show signs of stress if the humidity level drops below 50%.

Fertilizer Requirement

Discussing fertilizer, this type of plant prefers slightly acidic soil with a pH 6.0-6.5. The best fertilizer for drimys lanceolata is a slow-release, high-phosphorus fertilizer. This will help to encourage root growth and prevent flower bud drop. Apply the fertilizer in early spring and again in mid-summer.

Light requirement

Pruning is an important cultural practice for maintaining the vigor and productivity of (Drimys lanceolata). Pruning influences the plant's growth habit, shape, and size, and helps to control its yield. The timing, intensity, and frequency of pruning will vary based on the desired outcomes. With proper pruning, (Drimys lanceolata) can be trained to produce strong, healthy growth and an abundance of flowers and fruit.

Plant Propagation

Propagation of Drimys lanceolata is by seed. Sow the seed in spring in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, taken in July/August and planted in a sandy soil in a sheltered position in the open ground, should root by the following spring.

Plant Growth

Usually, the plant growth rate research has been conducted on young plants in growth chambers or nurseries. However, a study on the effects of different nitrogen levels on the growth of drimys lanceolata plants found that, in general, plants grew better with more nitrogen. This study also found that the type of nitrogen fertilizer used affected the growth of drimys lanceolata plants, with ammonium sulfate giving the best results.

Common Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are powdery mildew and rust. These can be controlled by fungicides. However, it is important to remember that drimys lanceolata is poisonous to humans and animals if ingested, so care must be taken when applying any chemicals.

List to Know

  • Remember to plant your Drimys lanceolata in an area with full sun to partial shade.
  • Drimys lanceolata likes moist, well-drained soil.
  • Plant your Drimys lanceolata in a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball.
  • After you have planted your Drimys lanceolata, water it well.
  • When watering your Drimys lanceolata, be sure to water at the base of the plant and not on the leaves.
  • Fertilize your Drimys lanceolata in early spring and again in mid-summer.
  • Prune your Drimys lanceolata as needed to shape it and control its size.
  • If you live in an area where deer are a problem, you may want to consider fencing in your Drimys lanceolata.

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