Gynura Aurantiaca Plant care and instructions
The velvet plant is a relatively easy houseplant to grow, provided its basic needs are met, including a sunny location, proper watering, and regular feeding. It is a great houseplant to add to your home if you’re looking to break up all the green in your assortment, as its purple-tinged leaves are very eye-catching. The plant grows rapidly, but only lasts a few years, so repotting is often unnecessary. Because of this abbreviated lifespan, it’s also a good idea to propagate mature plants early and keep a steady supply. They make wonderful plants to group with other brightly colored plants in a sunny windowsill, where the sunlight will pick up interesting highlights in the plant’s natural color. Aside from its rapid growth rate, the velvet plant is known for something else—its offensive-smelling flowers. When the plant reaches maturity, it begins to flower with small red and yellow buds that emit a strong (and very unpleasant) odor. Most growers solve this problem by simply snipping off the smelly flowers. Flowering is also a sign that the plant has reached maturity and will soon begin to die back.
Light – Part shade, protect from afternoon direct sunlight.
Place – Velvet plants love bright light and will thrive in front of a sunny window.
Water – Medium, avoid spraying on plant leaves.
Fertilizer – Feed your velvet plant every week or two weeks with a weak liquid fertilizer.
Temperature – 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit
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