A Mahogany plant is quick to catch attention with its deep green foliage and wide, feather-shaped leaves. Mahogany leaves are oval or feather shaped, and there are clusters on each stem, usually in groups of seven. The leaves are thin and flexible. The dense foliage covers dark woody trunks & stems. Interior Mahogany are usually composed of several small Mahogany plants potted together in one large grow pot to form a lush interior tree.
A stunning plant that can be used in most design settings, enhancing the area and making a great filler piece, or as a stand alone eye catcher.This incredible interior tree holds an important secret, it is frequently underestimated and misidentified. The error can spell disaster in a very short time.
Natal Mahogany can be frequently mistaken for a member of the Ficus family, Schefflera Amate, or the very similar looking Coffee Arabica plant. This typical misidentifying can spell death for the fragile Mahogany plant that requires a constant and consistent supply of water.
A Mahogany plant is one that requires frequent water checks, and it’s a plant that will not recover from a skipped watering that leads to over drying. Many a Mahogany have met their swift end in a locked home or office, having been skipped only once in their watering cycle. Most interior plants can easily tolerate two or even three weeks between waterings, but not the Mahogany. When over dried, the plant quickly and completely defoliates to the point of no return.
In short, here are the things that a Mahogany is not:
- Not a Ficus Tree
- Not a Schefflera
- Not tolerant of neglect
- Not able to withstand any drought like circumstance
- Not a coffee plant