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Chenille Plant

English Name

Acalypha Hispida

Scientific Name

Description

Acalypha Hispida has long catkin-like trails of crimson flowers. They flower from April to October. Species of Acalyphas are the Acalypha Wilkesiana Copper Leaf, the Acalypha Wilkesiana Godseffiana and the Acalypha Hispida New Guinea.

Fiji

Origin

Euphorbiaceae

Family

61°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

5' - 12'1"

Height (feet/inches)

Maximum: 6'1"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Shrub & Flower

Types

Spring, Summer & Autumn

Seasons

Colors

Watering

2-3 times a week in Spring and Summer, once a week in Winter with sufficient water to prevent compost from drying out.

Feeding

Every 14 days in Spring and Summer with liquid houseplant food.

Repotting

Cut old plants back to 12 inches just above a leaf in early Spring and re-pot into 5 inches pot.

Propagation

Take 3-4 inches tip cutting in early Spring to late Spring. Dip cuttings in rooting powder. Use seed and cutting compost and a heated propagator.

Cultivation

Acalyphas like hot and humid conditions. Stand pot on moist gravel tray. Cut back by half in Spring to encourage the production of new shoots. It develops yellow leaves, especially if it hasn't been regularly watered.

Tips

The more you prune the plant in Spring the more branches it will form.

Care

Do not use leaf-shine and do not spray on flowers. In inadequate light, they tend to become spindly and fail to produce flowers. Keep careful watch for mealy bugs and red spider mites.

Decorate

Use indoors to decorate on table tops and windowsills. They are useful for lounge or dining room. They are also beautiful in hanging basket.

Humidity

High, spray every 2 days until flowers start to form.

Soil

Well drained potting compost.



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