Saturday, September 3, 2011

Achimenes Houseplants Care and Propagation

Cupid's bower, magic flower, and nut orchid (genus Achimenes) have lovely foliage and flowers in the spring and summer. These houseplants can range in size from 3 inches to over two feet. Achimenes go dormant over winter.

During spring and summer, the Achimenes needs sunlight. Midday sunlight, however can be too strong for this plant. When the plant is dormant, it does not need light.

As soon as the Achimenes begins to grow in the spring, keep the soil moist. Do not allow the soil to dry out during its growing season or it may go back into dormancy.

When the plant begins to grow in the spring, use a nitrogen rich plant fertilizer. After the plant has taken on its adult shape, switch to using a phosphate and potash rich fertilizer.

New Achimenes houseplants can be started from detached rhizomes from the mother plant. You can also take  3 inch tip cuttings in early summer from this houseplant and root it in potting mixture.

The best potting mixture for this houseplant is made of equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite.

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