3 Gallon
Chenille Plant
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Chenille Plant

Latin Name:

Acalypha hispida

Plant Type:
Shrub

Description:

Upright or arching branches of large green heart-shaped leaves produce long-lasting, flowers are in long strings which may be inconspicuous or deep red and showy.

Origin:

India

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil barely moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer diluted by half. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites, aphids, scale and mealy bugs. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings in the spring. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and prune or pinch back in the winter if it gets a little leggy. Remove dead flowers after blooming. If possible put outside for the summer in partial shade.

Toxicity:

Species of this Genus can be harmful to pets.

Is Genus:

No

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