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Smoke plant

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Question: smoke plant

I have a plant "of smoke" for about 20 years, it has reached the height of about 1 meter and 50, it remains outside on a partially covered terrace ... it has always been very beautiful and full ... this winter has resentment (I must say for the first time) of low temperatures and freezing ... he threw back some new leaves but this little tuft on top of so much height is not really a pretty sight ... what can I do? ... can I cut the tops and try to replant them? I hope your answer is resolute ... cordial greetings and thanks for all the suggestions I find on your Marina site

Answer: smoke plant

Dear Marina,
the smoke plant, also called nolina, or beucarnea, is a plant of South American origin, accustomed to a decidedly mild climate, without excessive overhangs, especially downwards; you probably live in an area of ​​Italy where the climate is decidedly favorable, and in any case the position of your plant guarantees it the right shelter, together with a correct aeration, which allows you to have a plant that is always healthy and luxuriant. Unfortunately the 2011-2012 winter was decidedly very rigid, especially towards the end, in late January and in February; and this happened throughout Italy, with decidedly very cold temperatures, and for many days in a row. In this case, you should keep the tissue in hand so that the plant is covered when the frost is intense and prolonged. Since you didn't, you are already lucky that your beaucarnea is not dead by now. Obviously the large tufts of leaves have been damaged; to return your plant, eat beautiful, lush and green smoke, you can trim all the damaged stems, covering the cuts with pruning mastic; as the weeks go by, the plant will produce new shoots along the stems, returning to present a sort of foliage. The tufts removed, can be used as cuttings, and then immerse them in the rooting hormone, and bury them, treating them as the mother is cured. If the wood inside them is still healthy, and has not been spoiled by the cold, they should root quite quickly, giving rise to new small plants.