Some species are grown as ornamental plants, some as leaf vegetables, others as root vegetables for their edible tubers, or as medicine. Most are cold-sensitive and should be kept as houseplants in temperate climates.
Common name : Spurflowers
Scientific name : Plectranthus spp.
Family : Lamiaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Full description for Plectranthus spp. not yet available.
Sowing & planting
15 - 100
6 - 7
Identify my spurflowers
Plectranthus exists in many cultivars which are interesting by the color of their foliage that can be red, purple, yellow or green, and has very varied shapes.
It has opposite leaves, evergreen, downy, on quadrangular stems, erect, branched.
Plant my spurflowers
After the purchase, transplant your plectranthus into a pot full of potting soil because it likes rich soils. If you decide to put it outside, find a rich, cool location sheltered from the scorching sun. Add compost to your massif.
Water my spurflowers
In pots, keep your plectranthus permanently in a slightly damp soil, without soaking it. Avoid wetting foliage, this promotes disease.
Prune my spurflowers
Prune the flower stems, which are of little interest and exhaust the plant, and regularly pinch the ends of the stems to incite your plant to stay low.
Repot my spurflowers
At the end of the winter, each year, repot your plectranthus by giving it a slightly larger pot and adding potting soil.
Propagate my spurflowers
Plectranthus multiplies very well by cuttings in summer or spring. Collect stem extremities on which you should preserve only two leaves. Place it in potting soil that you will keep moist.
Check on my spurflowers
If leaves whiten, the soil is becoming depleted.
Take care of my spurflowers
In the summer, indoors, shelter your plectranthus from direct sunlight. Conversely, in winter, put it in full light.