The Aglaia odorata is a shrub or small tree, native to central Asia; plants grown in the open ground can reach 2-3 meters in height, but these are very slow-growing plants, which often remain below one meter in height.
They have erect stems, often quite twisted, very branched, the bark is greyish, with the passing of the years it becomes rough and fissured; the leaves are oval, spatulate or pointed, vaguely reminiscent of ficus leaves; they are dark green, shiny and slightly leathery, evergreen.
Flowering occurs throughout the year; produces small flowers, which resemble the yellow rice grains, gathered in clusters, with a very intense and pleasant aroma. These plants can also be grown in a container, repotting them during the autumn period, every 3-5 years.
Aglaia odorata plants prefer sunny, or even partially shady, locations.
The young plants fear the cold and must be grown in a cold greenhouse during the winter months, avoiding exposure to frost;
specimens of some years can instead withstand short frosts, but it is advisable to place them indoors in a sheltered place from the wind or cover them with non-woven fabric during the most rigid weeks. They are however quite resistant plants, obviously, it is necessary to evaluate when the climate is too rigid.
As far as the water needs of Aglaia odorata are concerned, it is advisable to water it regularly, but always waiting for the soil to be dry between one watering and another, so as to avoid the formation of dangerous water stagnation that can compromise health. of the plant.
During the winter water only in case of prolonged drought, choosing the mildest days to supply water to the plants.
From March to October it is advisable to supply fertilizer for flowering plants, dissolved in the water used for watering, every 15-20 days.
Aglaia odorata plants prefer rich, loose and deep soils, rich in organic matter; generally a good universal soil is used, mixed with a small part of manure and a little sand, or other incoherent material, designed to improve water drainage, to avoid harmful water stagnation that compromises the health of the plant. As far as repotting is concerned, it is good to know that adult plants should be repotted every 4 or 5 years.
The multiplication of this variety of plants occurs by seed, in spring; in summer it is possible to prepare semi-woody cuttings, using portions of the apex of the stems, which must be rooted in a mixture consisting of sand and peat in equal parts; the container with the cuttings should be kept moist until the rooting of the cuttings themselves, and in a semi-shady position to allow the new plants to develop at their best.
Aglaia odorata: Pests and diseases
Sometimes the young shoots of this type of plant are attacked by aphids; the cochineal nestles often on the underside of the leaves.
When you notice the presence of parasites it is good to intervene quickly, so as to effectively counteract the damage that this type of problem can cause to the plant. On the market there are numerous products that can definitively resolve the attack, bearing in mind that it is good to intervene before flowering.