Growing Rhoeo Plants In The Garden: A Guide To Care And Pests
Rhoeos are one of the most popular houseplants in the world. They’re easy to grow, they’re adaptable to almost any climate, and they produce beautiful flowers year after year. If you’ve ever wanted to have a miniature garden inside your home or office, then you owe it to yourself to give growing rhoeos a try!
The first thing you need to do is decide which type of rhoea you want to grow. There are two types of rhoeas: the “true” (the kind that looks like a tiny little leaf) and the “leggy” (which look like small leaves with long stems). You’ll see both varieties listed under each species name at the nursery where you buy your plants.
If you’re looking for a true rhoea, then go ahead and get one of those. They’re usually easier to keep alive than the leggy ones, so if you have kids or pets, they may appreciate them better. If you just want something to decorate your living room with, though, then the leggy variety will probably work fine too. Both types are equally good plants for beginners and experts alike; neither is particularly difficult to grow.
No matter which kind you get, the first thing you need to do when you get your plant home is go through the growing instructions that come with it. This will tell you exactly how much sun, water, and nutrients your plant needs in order to flourish, so make sure to follow the directions carefully!
After that, all you really need to do is keep an eye on the plant to see if it needs water or food. Most rhoeos can go anywhere from a month to six months without needing either one, but you should check it at least once a week to see if it needs a drink. Just stick your finger an inch or two into the soil, and see if it’s dry yet. It should be damp, not wet or clumpy.
Fertilizer is trickier. Most plants come with a “starter dose” of it already included with the plant, so all you need to do is spread it around and water it in well. If your rhoeo starts to look a little sickly or wilted, though, that means it needs a stronger dose of food. Buy some fertilizer for houseplants, and follow the instructions on the packaging to make up a fresh batch.
Then just pour this mixture around the plant, making sure it gets plenty everywhere, and water it in well.
Sources & references used in this article:
Meiosis in tropical Rhoeo discolor by NW Simmonds – Nature, 1945 – nature.com
Standardization of plant species and growing medium for vertical garden system: A new urban horticulture concept by S Rameshkumar – Journal of Horticultural Sciences, 2018 – jhs.iihr.res.in
Cytomixis in Rhoeo discolor by PS Rao – ijrbat.in
Studies on vertical garden system: A new landscape concept for urban living space by S Rameshkumar – Journal of Floriculture and Landscaping, 2018 – updatepublishing.com
The nuclear cytology of bivalent and ring‐forming Rhoeos and their hybrids by DE Wimber – American Journal of Botany, 1968 – Wiley Online Library