Growing a Showstopper, Cercestis Mirabilis - PlantyTown

African Embossed Plant

Scientific Name:
    Cercestis Mirabilis

Common Name(s):
   African Embossed Plant, Cercestis Mirabilis

Native Environment:
    Rainforests of Africa

   Not Variegated


Growing a Showstopper, Cercestis Mirabilis

Cercestis mirabilis is a beautiful plant native to Africa that can be grown indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in warmer climates. Here are some tips on how to care for Cercestis mirabilis:

  1. Light
    Cercestis mirabilis prefers bright, indirect sunlight but will handle a bit less light with grace.. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves. Place the plant near a window that receives filtered light or use a sheer curtain to diffuse the light.

  2. Water
    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Water the plant more frequently during the growing season (spring and summer) and less frequently during the dormant season (fall and winter).

  3. Soil
    Cercestis mirabilis prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A mix of orchid bark, perlite, and peat moss is a good choice.

  4. Humidity
    Cercestis mirabilis likes high humidity levels but will adapt to household humidity quite well. You can place a tray of water near the plant or use a humidifier to increase the humidity in the air and keep her thriving.

  5. Fertilizer
    Feed the plant every month with a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season.

  6. Temperature
    Cercestis mirabilis prefers temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 55°F (13°C).

  7. Pruning
    Prune the plant regularly to encourage bushy growth and remove any dead or damaged leaves.

  8. Propagation
    Cercestis mirabilis can be propagated by taking stem cuttings in the spring or summer. Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone and plant them in moist soil.

By following these care tips, you can keep your Cercestis mirabilis healthy and thriving.

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