Clusia rosea is a botanical wonder belonging to the subtropical plant species of the genus Clusia. It’s common name; the autograph plant is derived from the upper tissue of the leaves which allows anyone to write on them without tearing or falling apart. Inscribe a message on the leaves with a stone or ballpoint pen and the writing will naturally turn white the next day, adding a more prominent beauty go your inscription.
Native to the Caribbean, Florida and other parts of tropical America, the paddle-shaped leaves often spread out evenly as they grow. Clusia rosea’s leathery dark green leaves sometimes appear as olive colour and can often grow to about 8 inches. An invasive plant species ( often grows on other planes and strangles them), this robust plant requires nothing more than a little love and lots of light. The autograph plant is an ornamental indoor plant with dense foliage and attractive fragrant flowers. However, it can be pruned to manage its growth.
- Other names: Clusia Rosea Princess, Autograph Tree, Pitch Apple, Copey, Scotch Attorney and Basalm Apple.
- Planting environment: It grows well indoors under a shade and also outdoors.
- Sunlight: It loves lots of bright and medium light and can thrive in full sun within a tropical climate.
- Watering/Soaking: Although the autograph plant can withstand drought, it is good to soak the moss ball 3/4th in water for 5 minutes once in two weeks.
- Misting: It loves consistently moist soil. Mist the moss ball regularly.
- Fertilisation: Feed the autograph plant once a month during growing period with liquid fertiliser.
- Temperature: The plant requires temperature not less than 10 degrees Celsius. Warm household temperature is excellent.
- Humidity: It thrives under high humidity level.
- Caution: Clusia rosea may irritate if consumed.