Friday, September 2, 2011

Acalypha Houseplants Care and Propagation


The indoor varieties of Acalypha include chenille plant and Jacobs-coat. These houseplants are grown for their beautiful foliage. They are fast-growing plants that need to be cut back to prevent them from getting out of hand.

The Acalypha needs sunlight that is filtered through a light curtain. Too little sunlight, however, will make the plants grow spindly.

During the plant's growing time, water often and keep the soil moist. In the winter, do not water as often, but keep the soil from completely drying out.

You can give this houseplant a standard liquid fertilizer once every two weeks while the plant is in its growing season.

Acalypha are easily started from cuttings. In the spring, take tip cuttings that are 3 to 4 inches long. Put in cuttings in a small pot filled with perlite. Cover with a plastic bag and place in filtered sunlight. These cuttings should easily root for you and then the bags should be removed and the small plants repotted into potting soil.

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