Ardisia crenata Myrsinaceae indoor house plant known as also CORAL BERRY here In this article you can see CORAL BERRY plant care tips and propagation guide and Ardisia crenata Myrsinaceae image and photos collection.
Few suppliers of houseplants stock this small erect shrub because it is so slow-growing. It is, however, an attractive plant and is easy to care for. In nature, it reaches 5-6ft/1.5-1.8m, almost twice the height it can attain as a houseplant.
The leathery leaves are a glossy deep green, up to 4in/10cm long and 2in/5cm wide. And the tiny white or pale pink flowers are slightly fragrant. They grow from the leaf axils at the lower part of the foliage in summer and are followed by '/4-in/6-mm round red berries—by far the most attractive feature of the plant.
The berries, on almost horizontal stalks, usually appear at about Christmas-time in the Northern Hemisphere and remain until the onset of flowering the following season.
The coral berry, marlberry, or spiceberry will last for three or four years and even longer, though it easily loses its vigor. To retain a compact, bushy shape, prune the plant each spring before flowering.
ORIGIN Southeast Asia.
HEIGHT To 3ft/90cm.
POTTING MIX Soil-based.
REPOTTING When the roots have filled the pot, move the plant to a container one size larger.
PROPAGATION By seed in spring, or by stem cuttings in spring or early summer. Ardisias can also be air-layered. None of these methods is easy.
KEEPING PLANTS It only a few berries are produced, use a small brush to pollinate the flowers the next time the plant is in bloom. Replace the plant when it begins to become spindly.
Ardisia crenata Myrsinaceae CORAL BERRY PLANT CARE
- A bright location with some direct sunlight.
- Minimum winter temperature of 45°F/7°C; 45°-60°F/7°-16°C is best at other times.
- Never let the soil dry out.
- Maintain humidity by misting regularly, or stand the pot on a tray of damp pebbles.
- Apply a weak liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from early spring to late summer; once a month at other times.