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Atriplex halimus

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Botanical name:- Atriplex halimus.

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Scientific nameAtriplex halimus
Common nameAtriplex halimus
Temperature requirement25-35c
Humidity40-50%
LightFull sun to light partial shade
WateringWater everyday &keep moist
PestsStem borers and red-legged earthmite
Pet friendlinessToxic to pets
Maximum plant height 2-3 m
Potting mixPotting soil/red soil/manure/perlite
Pot requirementGood drainage&repot every 1-2 years
NutritionApply manure for first 15 days and npk for next 15 days
Pruning&trainingRemove dead & diseased leaves with sterile shears
Common color & season
DescriptionThis is a tall, densely branched shrub, native to the coastal areas of the mediterranean, which is distinguished by its silvery white stems and round, oblong to elliptical, large, silvery leaves. Its arabic name is qataf. Slow growing on not too fertile, but also very alkaline, sandy or silty soil, it has a very high salinity tolerance. The plant actually draws salt out of the soil. A very windhardy plant, it requires full sun and tolerates severe conditions of drought, reportedly surviving several years without rainfall; frost resistance is good. A. Halimus is often cultivated as forage for sheep and camels. It excretes salt through hairs on its leaves, which have a salty flavour. It is easily propagated by seed, but germination is very sensitive to salinity and, as a pretreatment, the seeds should be washed to remove salts from their surface and then soaked in water. Cuttings of soft wood, or mature wood of the current season’s growth, are also possible. Deep rooting, the plant is suitable for erosion control of slopes and for sand stabilisation. It is also effective as an accent plant, as a contrast with green leaved shrubs, or for creating a screen. A. Halimus can also be clipped into topiary forms and makes a good barrier or low growing hedge. Generally problemfree, little maintenance is required; this shrub is at its best when given the space to grow freely. However, to improve its appearance, for example, by cutting off the dry flowers, the plant can be cut back into old wood, from which it quickly regrows.

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