The annatto tree belongs to the genus Bixa in the family Bixaceae. Shrub plant and leaves are slender, terete, slightly enlarged at the apex, 1.8- 14 cm long, more or less densely covered with minute scales Annatto is a wonder tree commonly called as lipstick tree.
White or pink flowers occur in vertical upright clusters, which prominently appear above the foliage. When fully mature, the pod dries, hardens, and splits open, exposing the seeds. The color of the seed coating is due mainly to the carotenoid pigments bixin and norbixin. The heart-shaped fruit is brown or reddish brown at maturity and is covered with short, stiff hairs.
|Plant Height||24 inch (61 cm)|
|Plant Spread ||6 inch (15 cm)|
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
|Common Name ||Lipstick tree, Annatto, Arnatto, Latkan, Shendri|
|Maximum Reachable Height || 7 to 10 meter|
|Flower Colour ||White to pink|
|Bloom Time ||October to December|
|Difficulty Level ||Easy |
Planting and care
At least 3-6 hours of preferably morning sunlight a day is ideal for plant to grow well and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day. Soil The soil should be well drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plant. Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch. As rule of thumb, Water the plant thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season. Do not over-water the plant.Apply water preferably in morning or evening. Application of Fertilizer Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily. During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month (June-July). Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer. Re-potting When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer. Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable growing condition. For re-potting procedure click here
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Plant Protection Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and dispose them away from the planting area. Spray Neem, Eucalyptus or Citrus oil for any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment. Don'ts Do not over water the plant especially when pot does not have drainage holes. Avoid applying water on flowers and leaves it may cause fungus infection.
Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location: Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright Light. Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it. Key requirements to keep plant healthy:
|Sunlight ||Natural direct bright light 3-6 hours of a day and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.|
|Watering ||Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.|
|Soil ||Soil should be well drain and fertile, rich in organic content|
|Temperature ||25 to 35 degree Celsius|
|Fertilizer ||Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (June-July).|
Annatto special feature
The seed coat is used as coloring agents.
- The plant is used for an ornamental purpose
- Used in the preparations of coloring agents
Frequently Asked Questions
What is another name for a Annatto?
Annatto is commonly known as Lipstick tree, Annatto, Arnatto, Latkan, Shendri
How tall do Annatto grow?
On average Annatto grows 7 to 10 meter
What color are Annatto?
A Annatto plant bears flowers of color White to pink
When Annatto blooms?
With enough light, Annatto may produce White to pink flowers in October to December
How hard is Annatto to grow?
How much sunlight does a Annatto need?
A Annatto prefers Natural direct bright light 3-6 hours of a day and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.
How much water does a Annatto need?
A Annatto prefers watering Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
What kind of soil does a Annatto need?
A Annatto prefers Soil should be well drain and fertile, rich in organic content
What temperature does a Annatto like?
A Annatto prefers 25 to 35 degree Celsius
How often should I fertilize my Annatto?
To encourage Annatto growth, Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (June-July).
Sunday, 15 March 2020
I m really happy to say that your packing is good ,on time delivery all plants are good .
Thursday, 05 March 2020
Beautiful plant, arrived in very good condition. Impressive packing. Looking forward to buy one more
Sunday, 16 February 2020
A perfect house plant.
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