Plectranthus verticillatus, also known as Swedish ivy is a plant growing especially indoor that belongs to the family Lamiaceae. Even though it is also known as Swedish ivy, in terms of appearance, the two plants have nothing in common. Besides the fact that the plants come from different families, the feature that makes ivies widely known, and that is climbing on walls, is not present in the case of Plectranthus verticillatus.
The fertilization process differs depending on the season. Adequate for winter is a rich dose of humus that should be added to the soil and in the case of spring, potassium and nitrogen should definitely not lack from the irrigating water. This process should be repeated once every 25 days.
The watering process is not very complicated, as the plant needs it once every 3 weeks and the soil should be given some time to dry before repeating the process. Too much water will kill the plant, as it can provoke root rot. It is recommended to stop watering the plant during winter and fertilizers should not be used either.
Regarding the growing environment, Plectranthus verticillatus is not a very big fan of low temperatures. Therefore, in order to avoid frost, protect the stem by surrounding it with dry leaves and if you want to move them outside, do it after the temperatures start to reach 15 Celsius degrees.
Plectranthus verticillatus are evergreen plants and that means that the leaves are green all year long. Just as Poppy, Plectranthus verticillatus is perfect for gardens because it manages to give the garden a vivid air even in late winter when most species have no leaves.
Evergreen plants usually bloom almost all season long and Plectranthus verticillatus makes no exception. This beautiful garden plant has mauve, rose or even white flowers, colors that best shine in spring or late fall.
The propagation process is, in the case of Plectranthus verticillatus made by division or by stem cuttings.
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