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Ruellia makoyana Acanthaccac monkey plant Benefits, Care & Propagation of

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A pretty plant, this ruellia has velvety oval leaves up to 3in/8cm long. They are soft olive green, tinged with purple, and have prominent silver veins and purple edges; the undersides of the leaves are also purple. 

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In fall and winter, beautiful 2-in/5-cm-long- trumpet-shaped carmine flowers, which flare out to some 2V2in/6.5cm wide, grow singly from the axils of the leaves. Ruellia makoyana is an excellent plant for indoor hanging baskets and is sometimes known as trailing velvet plant.

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FACT FILE Ruellia makoyana Acanthaccac monkey  plant

ORIGIN: Brazil.
HEIGHT: Stems trail to 18in/46cm.
POTTING MIX: Soil-based and leaf mold in equal quantities, with some added grit or perlite.

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REPOTTING: In spring, when roots fill the current container, move the plant to one a size larger.
PROPAGATION: Take 3-4in/8-10-cm-long tip cuttings in spring or summer; alternatively, sow seed or divide mature plants in summer.
KEEPING PLANTS: Pinch off the growing tips regularly to encourage bushiness. The plant should last for 2 or 3 years. Watch out for aphids, which often infest the plant.

PLANT CARE Of Ruellia makoyana Acanthaccac monkey  plant

  • Bright indirect sunlight. 
  • Normal room temperature. 
  • Water well during the flowering period, but allow the surface of the soil to dry out before rewatering. 

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  • Water just enough to keep the plant from drying out for 6-8 weeks after flowering. 
  • Mist the plant frequently to maintain humidity. 
  • Apply a standard liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks between spring and fall.
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