NCENSE (SWEDISH IVY)

NCENSE (SWEDISH IVY)

The plants that belong to the Plectranthus genus are part of the Labiate family. Ornamental Plectranthus plants are small, perennial, evergreen, herbaceous species that form erect or trailing bushes. The leaves are round and ornamental and some plants produce flowers. Plectranthus oertendahlii is the most common species and it is called “incense” or “Swedish ivy” because it is very common in Scandinavia. Other widespread species are: Plectranthus australis, an erect and shrubby plant, native to Australia; Plectranthus colloide, a small, erect shrub (30 cm tall) native to India. Also noteworthy are: Plectranthus nummularius and Plectranthus behrii, both of which produce flowers on long spikes, and Plectranthus saccatum, a carpet plant with small, light-green leaves. Plectranthus plants grow in hot locations, where temperatures are around 20°C. They suffer below 10°C. They also need light, but not direct sunlight. Some varieties can be cultivated in baskets or in hanging pots. They must be potted using a compost made up of peat (80%) and sand (20%). Water frequently so that the substratum always remains moist, but avoid waterlogging. These plants require very humid conditions. It is, therefore, advisable to place them next to other plants in the flower boxes. In spring and summer, feed at least twice a month with soluble fertilizers dissolved in the irrigation water.

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