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Plectranthus, Or Room Mint - Care At Home

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Hello, dear gardeners, gardeners and flower growers. There is very little work left outside in our gardens anymore. We occasionally make forays. And, in general, there is not much work we do there anymore. And, of course, we miss the plants very much. So now I pay a lot of attention to my houseplants. For example, not so long ago I saw in the stores this plant called plectranthus. It is a very interesting plant from the family of sponges. There are so many different species of this plant. In the majority of its European part, they came to us on our windowsills from South Africa from the valley of the Limpopo River.

Plectranthus, or room mint - care at home
Candidate of Agricultural Sciences Nikolai Petrovich Fursov about plectranthus

Even this plant is sometimes called "room mint". Because if we take a leaf, we shake it in our hands a little bit like this, we really feel very, very pleasant aroma, extraordinary. The plant can sometimes be used, for example, for insect bites. Here also shake a little leaf, tear, crumple and put to the place of the bite of an insect, say, some mosquito.

The plant has such properties, such as to scare away moths and flies. So it's the same: who suddenly even in indoor flowers some flies breed, put this flower next to it, and the gnats will fly away. I do not advise, of course, without a doctor's recommendation to use this plant, but I want to note at once that this plant is very good, for example, helps with a sore throat, eliminates headaches. It is used in children's bedwetting, making baths. But again, my dear, just buying a flower and making a bath for the child, please do not commit such a thing. Consult with your doctor. If he prescribes it, please tell him what proportions to use.

Dear friends, you bought this little plant in this little pot, brought it home and should understand that this is just the container in which the plants came to us, as a rule, all the same from abroad. It is clear that the pot is small, the plant is cramped.

Plectranthus, or room mint - care at home
Plectranthus plant in a planting container

For example, you went to the store to buy a baby fish. It is clear that you do not take a large aquarium, and you have somewhere in a bag poured water, threw there three little fish, and you quickly carry home. It's the same with these plants. You'll say, "How so? It's blooming. Can we do a transplant now?" Yes, you can. It's no big deal. Only we will do with you not transplanting, but transplanting. That is, we will put the plant in a large container and we will not touch the roots. We will not damage the root system. The more the plant is blooming. In general it is best to do these operations from around mid-April to mid-July. At the same time it is good to engage in propagation.

Plectranthus, or room mint - care at home
Flowering plant plectranthus

Plants like moisture. The soil must be somewhere around ph = 6, the structure must be good, and contain organic matter, and peat, and humus, and sand. At least in equal proportions. He likes water. Does not like a very bright sun. Here, on the south side of the window will suffer. A little bit should shade it. Everything. But otherwise, if you will not forget the watering, it will grow so strongly and quickly that you will not have time to cut it or form its crown.

Look at this. Now I'm going to take the plant out of the pot. Gently on the bottom like this. See how? Here's how on the bottom of the pressed finger. We got the plant out. That's a lump. Look at it. All braided with roots. And, of course, it's cramped. We will not do anything wrong with it, if we gently remove it from the pot, take a pot of clay. These plants like so that there is air in the root system, water enough. And all together would create a very good air and moisture exchange.

Plectranthus, or room mint - care at home
Taking the transplanted plectranthus out of the container

So, at the bottom of the pot you and I will put moss. This as both drainage and to maintain increased moisture in the bottom of the pot. Here, using the moss, we pour it in. Sphagnum moss. It is both loose and moisture-absorbing. That's how we're going to pour it. After we have poured, we have compacted moss a little bit and then we pour the soil in, as if we pour the soil on top of it. So we're compacting it down. Put our plant down. And all the voids, we fill a good soil, which should really consist of both organic and sand, and peat, and ordinary, maybe even garden soil.

Plectranthus, or room mint - care at home
At the bottom of the ceramic pot lay out moss
Plectranthus, or room mint - care at home
Moss on top of cover with soil

My dear, the temperature for good development, good growth of this plant - enough if it will be somewhere 20-21 degrees. At night, let it drop a little bit. For propagation - the same thing. The temperature can be maintained only 16 degrees.

Plectranthus, or room mint - care at home
Transfer the plectranthus into a ceramic pot, filling the voids with fresh soil

Very easy to cuttings due to the large number formed in the axils of the leaves. Having cut a 4-5 cm petiole, it can be dipped a centimeter into water and rooted in water, or about 1-2 cm deepened into the soil, the substrate of which should consist of sand and peat. Water gently, do not pour. But also do not allow your plants to dry out. Once they dry out, they just don't recover. I wish you success and hope that such a flower will decorate not only your home during the spring, summer and autumn, but even for the New Year. Candidate of Agricultural Sciences