Jatropha nana, also known as dwarf jatropha, is a small shrub that is native to Mexico and Central America. The plant has small, dark green leaves and produces small, yellow-green flowers. The fruit of the plant is a small, dark green berry that contains one or two seeds. The plant is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, and other gastrointestinal disorders.
How to care
Dwarf jatropha is a low-maintenance plant that can be grown in full sun or partial shade. The plant prefers well-drained soil and does not tolerate drought conditions. To encourage flowering, the plant should be pruned back after each bloom cycle.
Dwarf jatropha is a drought-tolerant plant that does not require much water. The plant should be watered only when the soil is dry to the touch.
Dwarf jatropha does not require fertilizer. However, if the plant is not blooming, a fertilizer with a high phosphorus content can be applied to encourage flowering.
Pests and diseases
Plant is resistant to most pests and diseases. However, the plant can be susceptible to root rot if the soil is too wet.
Type of Soil
Plant prefers well-drained soil. The plant does not tolerate wet or soggy conditions.
When to Plant
Dwarf jatropha can be planted at any time of year. However, the best time to plant the shrub is in the spring.
Where to Plant
Plant can be planted in full sun or partial shade. The plant prefers well-drained soil.
Plant can be propagated by seed or cuttings.
If you are propagating by seed, plant the seeds in well-drained soil in the spring. The seeds will germinate in 14-21 days.
If you are propagating by cuttings, take 4-6 inch cuttings from the tips of the branches in the spring. Place the cuttings in well-drained soil and keep them moist. The cuttings will root in 4-6 weeks.
Propagation by seed is the most common method.
Dwarf jatropha can be harvested at any time of year. The berries can be eaten fresh or used to make tea.
Dwarf jatropha is an attractive shrub that can be used in landscaping. The plant can be used as a border plant or as an accent plant. Dwarf jatropha is also a good plant for container gardening.