3 Gallon
Ruellia / Pink Shower
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Ruellia / Pink Shower

Latin Name:

Ruellia makoyana

Plant Type:

Shrub, Perennial

Description:

Perennials growing to about one foot (30cm) tall in a dense mass. The grey-green leaves have a clear white stripe down their midrib and produce half inch (1.25cm) tubular purple flowers freely.

Origin:

Brazil

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

KC

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Will grow for anybody

Temperature:

50-75°F, 10-24°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the 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:

Drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between waterings. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks during the spring and summer with a water soluble fertilizer diluted by half.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites. 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 in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the 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). Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. Pinch back to obtain a bushier plant and prune after flowering. Repot every year in the spring. An ideal plant for a hanging basket.

Is Genus:

No

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