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.
Water freely when compost feels dry in Summer, keep it barely damp in Winter.
Feed monthly in Summer, when plant is actively growing using standard liquid fertilizer.
Setcreaseas are fast growing and may need to be re-potted into larger pots every six months or so.
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.
For best leaf colour, the plants should have 3-4 hours of direct sun everyday. It grows well in warm rooms.
Pinch out the shoot tips occasionally to encourage bushiness.
Handle Setcreaseas as little as possible, because the leaves become slightly glossy and less attractive if the delicate bloom is rubbed off.
Setcreasea suits an indoor hanging basket or the edge of a shelf.
Give the plant an occasional spray.
All parts of the oleander (Nerium oleander), a beautiful Mediterranean-native flowering shrub, are poisonous. Ingesting oleander leaves can cause gastrointestinal, cardiac, and central nervous system problems and possible death.