PURPLE VELVET PLANT/ PURPLE PASSION PLANT:
The leaves of the plant are a major attraction, which are purple and sometimes green coloured. These plants grow upright, and are not vining type.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PLANT:
- A well-draining, loamy soil of acidic pH 5.0-6.5.
- These plants prefer moist and humid soil.
- Position your plant such that it gets indirect bright sunlight and protection from strong sunlight in the afternoon or else it will scorch/burn the leaf/ leaf fall.
- They require indirect sunlight for their optimum growth. More bright indirect light will lead to dark purple colours on the plant.
- Water the plant only when 2-2.5 inches of the top soil has dried.
- Watering schedules to be taken care of especially during the warmest months of the year and hence requires a more frequent waterings.
- Overwatering will lead to rotting of the roots.
- Fertilizing throughout the growing season i.e., spring to fall (April-November), preferably every 4 weeks or so will boost growth of the plant and faster bloom.
PROPAGATION OF PLANT:
These plants after maturation i.e., producing flowers will die off. Hence, stem cuttings are to be propagated and re-potted to continue the availability of Gynura aurantiaca. The flowwrs of purple passion are orange coloured accompanied with an unpleasant odor.
- Cut a stem of 3-4 inches long, with 2 and more leaves.
- Plant these stems in 1-3 inches deep moist soil, away from direct sun.
- Plant in spring or summer (as the roots will develop faster)
- The roots will develop within 4 weeks of time.
|South East Asia and Indonesian islands
|COLOURS ON PLANT
|Acidic pH 5.0-6.5
|Indirect sunlight; protect from afternoon sun
|When 2-2.5 inches of topsoil appears dry; frequent in summers
|Feed during mid-March or April till summers
|Spring to summer
Quantity: A well-rooted plant in a jiffy pot. (3 -4 leaves minimum)