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Chenille Plant is a Great Plant for Your Greenhouse

Posted August 11th, 2017 by Robin Nichols in

Plant Name: Acalypha hispida

Common Names:  Chenille Plant and Red Hot Cattails.

Light Needs:  Full to medium light in winter; medium light in summer.

Best Temperatures: Keep them above 60ºF.

Water and Humidity Needs:  Keep moist in a high humidity.

Growing Guidelines: Fertilize monthly with a 1-2-1 mix and prune heavily in spring

Common Problems: Spider mites can spot the leaves. Dry air or lack of water can cause this plant to drop its leaves.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings in early spring or late summer.

Where it Grows: Tropical dry forests in Papua New Guinea.

Interesting Fact: In cultivation, only female plants are likely to be seen and it is the female part of the flower, the stigma that gives the red color to the hanging tails.

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