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Purple Heart

English Name

Setcreasea Purpurea

Scientific Name

Description

Setcreasea is a foliage plant for the home, well able to withstand neglect. The plant produces pretty three-petalled blooms of pink and white from early Summer to Winter. These blooms are short-lived but very attractive. Its leaves and stems are all a rich violet-purple.

Mexico

Origin

50°F - 70°F

Temperature (°F)

10" - 1'6"

Height (feet/inches)

None

Fragrance

Watering

Water freely when compost feels dry in Summer, keep it barely damp in Winter.

Feeding

Feed monthly in Summer, when plant is actively growing using standard liquid fertilizer.

Repotting

Setcreaseas are fast growing and may need to be re-potted into larger pots every six months or so.

Propagation

Cuttings propagated in jars of water at any time of the year, or from 3 inch long cuttings taken in Spring and Summer. Remove lower leaves and insert in cutting compost. Place them in bright filtered light for 2-3 weeks and water just enough to make compost moist.

Cultivation

For best leaf colour, the plants should have 3-4 hours of direct sun everyday. It grows well in warm rooms.

Pruning

Pinch out the shoot tips occasionally to encourage bushiness.

Tips

Handle Setcreaseas as little as possible, because the leaves become slightly glossy and less attractive if the delicate bloom is rubbed off.

Decorate

Setcreasea suits an indoor hanging basket or the edge of a shelf.

Humidity

Give the plant an occasional spray.

Soil

Peat-based compost.



Did you know?

The smallest flower in the world comes from the Wolffia plant; commonly called watermeal, this plant is native to many parts of the world and has up to 11 different species.