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Care of the plant Homalocladium platycladum or Centipede plant.

Care of the plant Homalocladium platycladum or Centipede plant

The genus Homalocladium, family Polygonaceae, includes a single species native to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands: Homalocladium platycladum.

Common names: Centipede plant, Ribbon plant, Tapeworm plant, Ribbon bush. This species is native to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

They are curious plants with flat and segmented stems of bright green color that reach 2 meters in height. The stems do the function of the leaves since they are small and arise from the new shoots but then disappear. The flowers are small and greenish-white. They bloom in autumn. They produce reddish fruits.

They are used next to a wall or fence with climbing supports or in large pots as indoor, greenhouse or terrace plants.

Homalocladium platycladum prefers a semi-shadow exposure; the sun in the middle of the day turns the stems yellowish. They are tropical plants that need warm temperatures; they do not resist frost.

The soil should be light, loose and contain a lot of organic matter. Transplant in spring if necessary.

Water regularly in summer so that the soil always maintains a certain humidity; they resist a few days of drought. Spray the plant with lime-free water if it is very hot. The rest of the year water enough so that the susutrato does not dry out.

They do not need pruning.

Fertilize every 3 weeks with mineral houseplant fertilizer in spring. Fertilize with compost in late winter.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring or by cuttings in spring or summer.

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Homalocladium platycladum
Homalocladium platycladum
Homalocladium platycladum
Homalocladium platycladum
Homalocladium platycladum
 

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