Acalypha – An amazing curly and creeping plant for your pot and garden
It is unusual to choose indoor plants by texture, but it is this trait that is worth paying attention to for a creeping Acalypha. This plant will easily add to the list of interesting and unusual accents for the interior. And it will eclipse the familiar and more common bristly haired Acalypha. The fluffy effect of the short blossoms of this Acalypha perfectly complements its greenery and allows the plant to be a bright star all year round. In any company, the creeping Acalypha oak-leaved shines. This is the most capricious type of Acalypha, but also the most striking. It will not be possible for her to do with ordinary (regular) care, because this species reveals its lush beauty only in ideal conditions.
While all the attention is attracted by the short-lived, rather capricious, but at the same time, bristly (bristly-haired), or fox tail suitable even for beginners, other types of flower growers undeservedly ignore. One of the special akalifs is a plant formerly known as Acalypha creeping, or akalifa spanish, or a Haitian foxtail, today finally officially renamed to akalifa oak-leaved (Acalypha chamaedrifolia). It stands out for its opulence, grace and small leaves in cloud-like lace pillows. It is a pleasant alternative to the classics and a very joyful plant that brings excitement to any room.
Growing Conditions for Acalypha
Light: Acalypha are definitely a bright-light plant. They don’t necessarily like full sun, although they can tolerate it if acclimated. Indoors, look for a bright, but not sunny spot, like an east-facing window. All acalypha prefer warm temperatures and should not be kept under about 60 F if at all possible.
Water: Acalypha like a regular supply of water, even during the winter months. They also do best with a high humidity level, so if your house is dry (most are), you will want to regularly mist your plant or keep it in a tray of pebbles. During the rest period, still water the plant, but reduce to every other week.
Fertilizer: Acalypha appreciate regular doses of fertilizer throughout the growing season. Liquid is best, but they will also thrive with a controlled-release fertilizer. During the winter months, cut feeding back or stop entirely.
Soil: They aren’t especially picky as to soil type. A well-drained potting mix will do.
Reproduction of Acalypha creeping
This species of Acalypha reproduces even easier than its relatives. While cultivation from seeds remains the main method of obtaining foxtail, cuttings are most often rooted in the oakleaf. Dense branching of numerous shoots allows dozens of cuttings to be obtained without harm to the mother plant.
It is enough to cut off the top of a strong shoot with two pairs of leaves and root it under a hood in any light sandy substrate. Shoots take root most quickly in March, but when protected from heat (the optimum temperature for rooting is 21 degrees), reproduction will succeed at any time of the year with only a slight loss of the percentage of “efficiency”.
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