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Care of the plant Iresine or Bloodleaf.

Care of the plant Iresine or Bloodleaf

The genus Iresine, family Amaranthaceae, comprises 25 species of perennials and subshrubs native to tropical regions of the American continent. Some species are: Iresine herbstii, Iresine lindenii, Iresine diffusa, Iresine grandiflora.

Common names: Bloodleaf, Herbst's bloodleaf, Tall morning-glory, Railroad creeper.

They are erect plants that reach 90 cm in height. The attractive oval leaves come in a wide variety of colors: purple, pink, yellow or green. They produce tiny white or green flowers that are of no ornamental interest.

They are used to form clumps and clumps of color in the garden and in pots for terraces and patios.

The Iresine needs a semi-shade exposure and annual average temperatures of 15-25 ºC. They do not resist frost.

The ideal soil should contain abundant organic matter and have good drainage; they can grow in a normal, well-drained commercial substrate. Planting is done at the end of winter. The transplant is done at the beginning of summer.

Water moderately in winter; the rest of the year water enough so that the substrate is slightly damp.

Fertilize with manure in autumn and with mineral fertilizer in spring and summer every 30 days.

They do not need pruning but the flowers should be removed to favor the growth of the leaves.

They are quite resistant plants to pests and diseases.

They propagate easily from cuttings in spring.

Images of the plant Iresine or Bloodleaf

Iresine herbstii
Iresine herbstii
Iresine herbstii
Iresine herbstii
Iresine herbstii
Iresine lindenii
Iresine lindenii
Iresine lindenii
 

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