Saturday, 2 September 2017

Oplismenus hirtellus Gramineae Basket grass Benefits, Care & Propagation

The wiry, creeping stems make this an attractive plant for a hanging basket, since the stems will trail. It has yellowish green lance-shaped leaves, 2-6in/5-l5cm long, with sharply pointed tips and a slightly undulating, or wavy, surface. Oplismenus hirtellus ‘Variegatus’ has white, green, and rose-red striped leaves. Pinch off the insignificant flowers as soon as they appear.

FACT FILE Oplismenus Hirtellus Gramineae  Basket grass

ORIGIN: Southern USA; West Indies; Mexico; Argentina.

HEIGHT: 3ft/90cm.

POTTING MIX: Soil- or peat-moss-based. 

REPOTTING: Move in spring, if plants are kept for a second year.

PROPAGATION: The long runners root spontaneously; detach and pot up the resulting plantlets. Take tip cuttings in spring.

KEEPING PLANTS: As it ages, this plant loses some of its leaves and becomes straggly; cut it back severely or replace it after a year or two.

PLANT CARE Oplismenus Hirtellus Gramineae   Basket grass

  • Bright light, but direct sun only in winter.
  • Normal room temperature.
  • Keep the soil moist at all times. 

  • The plant will lose its leaves if the soil is allowed to dry out. 
  • Liquid-feed every 4 weeks in summer; overfeeding is detrimental to the appearance of the plant.

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