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Swedish Ivy

English Name

Plectranthus Australis

Scientific Name

Description

Plectranthus Australis is a plant that has dark green glossy serrated leaves. The purplish flowers rarely appear. The flowers are similar to those of coleuses to which these plants are closely related. This plant can be grown as a house-plant.

Australia

Origin

Lamiaceae

Family

55°F - 81°F

Temperature (°F)

Herbaceous Perennial

Life Cycle

Yes

Fragrance

Color

Watering

When they are actively growing, water plentifully enough to keep potting mixture thoroughly moist, but do not stand pot in water. When plants are resting, water sparingly giving enough water to keep the plant from drying out completely.

Feeding

Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks when it is actively growing.

Repotting

Re-pot once a year in Spring but if plants are becoming leggy, propagate.

Propagation

Tip cuttings 2-3 inches long root easily, using cutting compost at almost any time. Water them moderately and keep them in bright filtered light. Once rooting has occurred, put 3 or 4 cuttings together in a hanging basket or plant cuttings singly in a 3 inch pot of soil-based compost. Large plants can also be divided in Spring.

Cultivation

Plectranthus like 3 hours of direct sunlight everyday. If they have inadequate light, the leaf colour becomes poor and the gaps between the leaves widen. They grow well in warm rooms. In Winter give these plants a rest under cool conditions.

Pruning

Pinch out the growing tips in order to encourage bushy growth.

Tips

Plectranthus is a member of the mint family and its lemony scent is supposed to repel moths.

Care

Leaves will scorch if plant is in draught or dry air. Poor drainage, watering too frequent or standing in water, will cause root rot. This plant must be handled with care as the leaves break easily.

Decorate

Plectranthus are attractive in hanging baskets but remember to check regularly as they dry out quickly.

Humidity

The plant will survive in normal room humidity but twice weekly spray helps to keep the plant clean and bright.

Soil

Loam-based number 2 with 10 per cent added peat and soft sand.



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