Ming Tree

Tips and guide on Ming tree plant care

Even though Ming trees do better outdoors in their natural habitats, most people grow them as indoor plants. Here are the recommended growing conditions for this particular plant:

  1. Soil

These house plants may be grown in a wide range of soils as long as they’re well-draining. Well-drained soil keeps the plant’s fine roots from rotting. However, they mainly thrive in acidic, peaty, sandy potting soil to help support the fragile roots.

  1. Sunlight

When grown indoors, the plants thrive in bright light. The light source should be partial or filtered so that the Ming tree receives the right amount of light. Put the plant near a window so that it can receive partial bright, but in direct sunlight – preferably in the mornings. Aim for about 8hrs of filtered light daily.

  1. Temperature and humidity

These two are super important for the plant and if you mess them up, you can bet that your Ming tree won’t thrive. Warmth is very important for the plants to grow. Lower temperatures can cause lower-leaf drop. Always make sure that the windows and doors are well-sealed to protect the plant from cold drafts or temperatures lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mist the plant in the mornings to provide the much-needed humidity that it requires.

  1. Watering

It can be difficult knowing how much water to give your Ming plant because excess water and overly dry soil will both result in the plant dying. Water issues are the main reason behind yellow leaves.

Since these plants don’t have a lot of roots when grown in pots, they don’t require lots of water. So you should ensure that the container has drainage holes. During winter months, reduce watering but don’t allow the soil to dry out immediately.

  1. Fertilizer

These plants require a balanced fertilizer diluted to one-half the label-recommended strengths. This should be applied thrice during the growing season.

If the leaves start turning yellow, it’s an indication that the plant is not getting enough nutrients and could use some liquid fertilizer.

If you decide to keep your Ming tree outside, know that they make attractive landscape specimens. Put your plant on your deck or patio but remember to bring it in the winter months.

Remember that you can re-pot the Ming plant at least once every year moving it to progressively larger pots as it keeps growing. If you’d like to make more plants, you can always repropagate them from the plant parent.

Growing these exotic and interesting houseplants is well worth the effort thanks to their fluffy and bright green foliage. It symbolizes peace, harmony, and balance. Not only do Ming trees make beautiful houseplants but they’re also prized by home indoor gardeners for their low maintenance and shady blooms. If you have already grown other types of houseplants, you shouldn’t have a hard time caring for the Ming tree. The secret is to do your best in mimicking its native tropical environment.