Raised as a trend for 2022, boa constrictors were very successful in the 1970s, but they never left Brazilian homes! the species epipremnum pinnatum belongs to the Araceae family and has green and yellow leaves, which resemble the shape of a heart.
Boa constrictors can be managed as hanging plants or climbing plants. It all depends on the pot chosen for cultivation. In small containers, it grows downwards, creating pulpy bunches that reach up to 1.20 m in length. Well tutored, it can even surpass this measure, as long as its substrate is kept moist, well-drained, and rich in organic matter.
Its growth is also stimulated by indirect natural light. “Part-shade plants, like the boa constrictor, need a lot of light, but they cannot be exposed to direct sunlight between 10 am and 5 pm. The ideal is that they are always positioned close to windows or on balconies”, explains the journalist specializing in landscaping, Ananda Apple.
In larger pots or planted directly in the ground, the boa can grow as a vine. Wooden stakes wrapped in a drainage blanket make great climbers – in this case, the plant gains larger, more rounded leaves and even small, charming white spots.
But fashion is now different! “As a trend, I suggest growing the boa constrictor in a pot of water, composing it with other flowers, in a beautiful arrangement”, says Marcio Lemefloral designer and consultant at MilPlantas.
It is so resistant, a small branch dipped in liquid quickly takes root and, after that, new leaves. Be careful to prevent the vase from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes: two drops of bleach for every 100 ml of water avoids this problem.
Another care related to the cultivation of the boa constrictor concerns its toxicity. “Many people fear the boa constrictor because it is a species that is toxic to animals. This does not mean that the pet will die when ingesting it, nor is it necessary to discard it from the decoration, just leave it at a safe height”, concludes the landscaper. Bia Abreu.