Ylang Ylang

Cananga odorata, Ylang Ylang
Diary Of Ylang Ylang Bonsai


This must be an addiction. I keep telling myself I bought my last plant and then I see something that I think... 'Wow, I REALLY need that!'  And that is what happened when I saw that Ylang Ylang was a tree that I could grow in my own backyard.

This is one situation where older, drier seeds germinate better then fresh moist seeds.  Once germinated, they need constant moderate temperatures and moisture.  This may be one to start indoors in a windowsill.

Once getting them started, it can take up to three years to get the first blooms.   The oil is used for a lot of reasons and also it bears an edible fruit that has a tart flavor with notes of juniper or conifer.


Lets Get Growin'


SUN: Afternoon shade.
WATER: Water regularly
SOIL PH: 4.5-8.0
FERTILIZER: Fertilize once monthly from late spring to late summer with half the recommended dose of a balanced bloom fertilizer. Usually, these fertilizers have little or no nitrogen, and this encourages blooming rather than foliage growth throughout the growing season.



Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata

October 29, 2017 - Ylang Ylang Is Doing Great!


The leaves are getting darker green and it looks like some branches are developing.  The leaves are very nice looking.

It seems this one is very happy to be where it is and is not being adversely affected by our arid climate.  Hopefully this will be an easy care plant as well as being lovely scented.






August 6, 2017 - Looking Good Still
Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata


There hasn't been much topside growth, but the ylang ylang seems to be happy where it is.  Limited light during the day, a little more ambiant humidity due to the clustering of plants in the immediate area and regular watering.

It is great news for us that the leaves haven't burnt or been dried out by the hot summer winds like they have affected the cacao tree and the other annonacea's we have.

It is odd to find out the types of plants that are in the same family groups and the similarities become apparent.

Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata

July 27, 2017 - Tree Arrived!


The Ylang Ylang tree came from an Etsy seller.  Seed grown and one year old.   We could have wonderful scented flowers in as little as two years, if all goes well.  Otherwise it is most likely a three year wait from now.

Ylang Ylang trees are in the Annonaceae family, which includes sugar apples and soursop.

Ylang Ylang is going on the herbal group because it isn't commonly used as an edible crop, but the year round fruits could be consumed.  Yes, this means once it starts blooming, it will bloom year round as well.  Bee bonus!