Morpankhi or Platycladus is a monotypic genus of evergreen coniferous trees in the cypress family Cupressaceae, containing only one species, Platycladus orientalis, also known as Chinese thuja, Oriental arborvitae, Chinese arborvitae, biota or Oriental thuja. It is native to northeastern parts of East Asia and North Asia but is also now naturalized as an introduced species in other regions of the Asian continent.
The foliage forms in flat sprays with scale-like leaves which are bright green in color. The branches are relatively short, loosely arranged, and, usually, sharply directed upwards, and the bark, brownish, is detached in narrow vertical strips.
The Morpankhi plant offers a plethora of benefits and air-purifying capabilities as it is also used as an indoor plant.
Morpankhi plants are excellent air-purifying plants that absorb harmful toxic chemicals and give out oxygen-rich air.
The Morpankhi plants are easy to care for which makes them suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces both.
The Morpankhi plant is a beginner-friendly plant and does well with both novice and seasoned gardeners.
The Morpankhi plant is vibrant and enhances the aesthetic appeal & decor of a room.
The Morpankhi plant must be watered periodically. As soon as the top one inch of the soil gets dry, you must water it.
The Morpankhi is a plant that does extremely well in temperatures between 15 - 30 degrees Celsius. Keep it in full sunlight during this time. In the tropics, during summers, try to keep the plant in partial shade. You can keep the plant under the shade of a bigger plant.
The Morpankhi plant does well both as an indoor and outdoor plant.
The Morpankhi is not a very demanding plant. You can use vermicompost or cow dung compost every 15 days to maintain its nutrition balance. It can easily be propagated from seeds or cuttings.
It is very important to consistently prune the Morpankhi plant to give it a better shape and encourage rapid growth. You can sow the cuttings from the plant directly into the soil, after removing leaves from the lowermost portion of the cutting.
Also, keep cutting the flowers on the Morpankhi to save it from going into slow growth.
The Morpankhi plant is susceptible to mealybugs and white flies. Control the pests by using neem oil spray every week on the leaves.
Yes, the Morpankhi plant is extremely adaptable both indoors and outdoors.
Yes, the Morpankhi is considered to be an auspicious plant for home.
Yes, the Morpankhi is an excellent air-purifying plant.
The English name for the Morpankhi plant is Oriental Thuja or the Oriental arborvitae botanically.