Description for Michelia Champaca, Son Champa
This name is a synonym of Magnolia champaca. This evergreen, semi tropical large shrub or tree has large mid-green leaves and sweetly fragrant orange flowers. Twigs are ascending and forming a narrow umbelliform crown. Seed germination usually occurs within 4 to 6 weeks although some seeds may take much longer.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Champa, Golden Champa, Son-chafa||Yellow Orange||Spring||Up to 50 meters||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Take 4-inch pots on a tray. Fill the bottom third of each pot with a high-quality acidic potting soil. Add sterile seed-starting mix to the top two thirds of the pot.
Water thoroughly to ensure that the soil is moist throughout the pot. Insert one seed into each pot and barely cover with seed-starting mix. Cover the pots with plastic wrap and place in a warm location.
Check the soil every two to three days to ensure that it is still moist. Mist with a spray bottle if the soil begins to dry out, then replace the plastic wrap to maintain a consistent moisture level.
Maintain a constant temperature of 80 to 85 degrees F until the seeds germinate, between one and six weeks. Champaca has a relatively low germination rate, between 40 and 50 percent.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||20 to 30 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Michelia Champaca
- Water the tree when the soil is dry to the touch.
- Fertilize biweekly with a liquid 10-10-10 fertilizer.
- Plant the Champaca in the garden in the spring.
- Prune only to shape the tree and remove dead branches.
Typical uses of Michelia Champaca
Special features: The flowers are used in Southeast Asia for several purposes. Especially in India, they are primarily used for worship at temples whether at home or out, and more generally worn in hair by girls and women as a means of beauty ornament as well as a natural perfume.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: Magnolia champaca is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for its form as an ornamental tree, as a dense screening hedge, and for its fragrant flowers.
Medicinal use: NA
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