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Pearl Plant

English Name

Sonerila Margaritacea

Scientific Name

Description

Sonerila Margaritacea, is a low growing bushy house-plant with beautifully marked leaves. It flowers briefly in the Autumn with clusters of pretty little pink flowers. This tropical plant grows actively all year long.

Indonesia

Origin

Melastomataceae

Family

61°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 1'

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

None

Fragrance

Watering

Water moderately at all times, 2 or 3 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter.

Feeding

Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in Summer.

Repotting

Re-pot once a year in Spring, move plants into pots one size larger until 5-6 inch pot has been reached. Although as the plant tends to get rather leggy, it is often better to propagate new plants then to re-pot old plants.

Propagation

Propagate at any time from mid-Spring to early Autumn by 2 or 3 inch long stem cuttings taken from near the base of the plant. Remove bottom leaves and dip in rooting powder. Plant 2 or 3 cuttings together in a 3 inch pot of moistened equal parts of peat moss and perlite or coarse sand. Enclose the whole in a plastic bag and stand it in a warm place in bright filtered light.

Cultivation

Give Sonerila bright filtered light all year long. It does not like direct light and mid-day sun can kill. It is ideal for growing in terrariums and bottle gardens.

Humidity

Sonerila likes a moist atmosphere. Spray every other day, if possible stand pot on saucer of wet pebbles.

Soil

Loam-based no. 2.



Did you know?

Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.