Pandanus Utilis / red edge pandanus
Pandanus utilis - also known as "red-edged pandanus" - originally from the Mascarene Islands - is a robust member of the Pandanus family that prefers full sun. A slow-growing, distinctive plant, it has small spines on the leaf edge. When the specimens mature, they form an above-ground root structure. As the name suggests, this species has red markings around the leaf edge which is very decorative when planted as a whole.
A shrub or small tree (can grow 1-5m tall); the trunk may show over time; the trunk forms thick aerial roots; a cross-section of the leaf has the shape of the letter "W" turned upside down; the leaves are arranged in a spiral; from my own plant collection; about 110cm in diameter & about 50cm high; 100% organically grown; very well and naturally grown, potted in well-drained, self-mixed organic substrate; repotting only desired in 2-3 years (in spring), not overfertilised, therefore robust & healthy (100% organic quality before quantity! ), not hardy, with time it will become quite vigorous, the plant is intended for a sunny location, from spring to late autumn (without frost days) the plant is happy to enjoy the fresh air and rain outside; otherwise 1x weekly rinsing of the leaves (not of the substrate) is very good for the plant; have fun with your new Pandanus Pandanus utilis - a "statement plant!