They have an erect stem, often quite twisted, very ramified, the bark is greyish, with the passing of the years it becomes rough and cracked; the leaves are oval, spatulate or pointed, vaguely reminiscent of the leaves of the ficus; they are dark green, shiny and slightly leathery, evergreen.
Flowering takes place throughout the year; it produces small flowers, reminiscent of grains of rice, yellow in colour, gathered in clusters, with a very intense and pleasant scent.
These plants can also be grown in containers, repotting them during the autumn period, every 3-5 years.
The plants of Aglaia odorata prefer sunny, or even semi-shady, positions.
The young plants fear the cold and must be grown in cold greenhouses during the winter months, avoiding exposing them to frost;
the specimens of some years can bear short frosts, but it is still advisable to plant them in a place sheltered from the wind or cover them with agritourism during the coldest weeks. They are, however, quite resistant plants, obviously, it is necessary to evaluate when the climate is too rigid.
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As far as the needs of water of Aglaia odorata are concerned, it is advisable to water regularly, always waiting for the soil to be dry between one watering and the other, so as to avoid the formation of dangerous water stagnations that could compromise the health of the plant.
During the winter water only in case of prolonged drought, choosing the mildest days to provide water to the plants.
From March to October it is advisable to provide fertilizer for flowering plants, dissolved in the water of watering, every 15-20 days.
The plants of Aglaia odorata prefer rich, loose and deep soils, rich of organic matter; a good universal soil is usually utilized, mixed with a small part of manure and a little of sand, or other inconsistent material, suitable for improving the drainage of the water, in order to avoid harmful water stagnations which compromise the health of the plant. As far as repotting is concerned, it is good to know that adult plants should be repotted every 4 or 5 years.
The multiplications of this variety of plants happens by seed, in spring; in summer it is possible to prepare semi-woody cuttings, utilizing portions of the apex of the stems, which are to be rooted in a mixture formed by sand and peat in equal parts; the container with the cuttings is to be kept humid till the rooting of the cuttings themselves, and in semi-shaded position in order to allow the new plants to develop better.
Aglaia odorata: Parasites and diseases
Sometimes the young shoots of this type of plant are attacked by aphids, the cochineal often lurks on the bottom page of the leaves.
When you notice the presence of pests it is good to intervene quickly, so as to effectively counteract the damage that this type of problem can cause to the plant. There are numerous products on the market that can definitively resolve the attack, bearing in mind that it is advisable to intervene before flowering.