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BANGKOK 25 March 2019 14:25
myshem

Wrightia religiosa - Mok โมก - small roots ? in pot ? attracts mosquito ? needs lots of sun ?

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hello, do you know this plant ? Wrightia religiosa - Mok โมก

 

Do you know if it has small roots and can be kept in pots ? does it attract mosquitos ? needs lots of sun ?

 

They seem interesting as they smell good and cost around 100 thb.

 

Wrightia religiosa - Mok โมก - 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrightia_religiosa
https://www.google.com/search?q=Wrightia+religiosa

 

 

Thanks for your experience with this beauty ❤️

 

 

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We have one of these plants in our yard, planted in the ground for about two years. My wife purchased it at a local plant nursery. It's a beauty for sure, I love it, it blooms all year. The flowers on ours have a faint fragrance, not powerful like plumeria or gardenia. It's so delicate and pretty and easy to care for.  Ours is in sun only part of the day and more shade is developing as the trees grow up, but the water jasmine keeps on growing and blooming.

 

i wasn't familiar with it before my wife brought it home. and I'd never seen it as a bonsai or large shrub like in the links you provided. If it's adaptable as a bonsai i think it would be fine in a pot, maybe upgrade and root prune every couple of years.

 

Ours grew up over a meter in height and didnt' have sizeable girth of stems to support itself. It would bend over to the ground with water weight and i was afraid stems would break. So I reluctantly did a 15 -20% crown reduction, drop-crotch pruning to take some height and weight off.  I expected it would take some time to recover and start flowering again. But no, it put out new growth and flowers within two or three weeks, and keeps on going.

 

It has a tendancy to develop interveinal chlorosis (yellowing between the veins), even though I use a balanced mineralized COF (complete organic fertilizer), but that's largely due to our alkaline soil and water that interferes with micronutrient uptake. I am working on correcting that. In a pot you would have more control, maybe, if you know how to manage that kind of issue. Test your water ph and use bottled water if you have to.  I just bought some peat moss to use as mulch for that plant and a gardenia. I'm starting to use some vinegar once a month in fertigation with our pH 8.0 water, and I'm looking to alter my homemade COF with less calcium and more sulfur.

 

As for mosquitos, I haven't noticed that. But then we get them without any attractant needed, with large standing bodies of water near by. Thank God for the bat colony that feeds in mass every evening and keeps the numbers down.

 

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We have them as hedge...very easy but have to get pruned a lot...no mosquito's

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Thank you, so they seem to be the best choice and I cannot find any reason to pay more expensive plants.

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