Bloodleaf Plant Care: How To Grow An Iresine Bloodleaf Plant
How To Grow A Blood Leaf Plant
The following are some tips which will help you grow an iresine bloodleaf plant. You may want to read these before starting your own garden or if you already have one, then you might need them. If not, just skip ahead to the section titled “How To Start Your Own Garden”.
1) Watering And Fertilizing Your Bloodleaf Plant
2) Propagation Of The Bloodleaf Plant
3) How To Harvest The Blood Leaves
What Are The Benefits Of Growing A Bloodleaf Plant?
Watering And Fertilization Of Your Bloodleaf Plant
You must water your bloodleaf plant regularly. Every time you water it, make sure that the soil doesn’t dry out completely. If you don’t do so, the leaves will wilt and die due to lack of moisture. When watering, use only distilled or spring water. If you can’t get hold of either of these, then you can also use normal tap water, but only after it has been standing for at least four days.
If the temperature is hot then the soil will dry out quickly, so check it regularly.
The fertilizer you choose to use is your business. I can tell you about the ones that I use for my plants: I only use organic plant food because it is safer than chemical fertilizers. You can get good results with blood meal, sludge, or bone meal. I also use rotted manure from the garden centre which has been composted for at least a year.
Propagating The Bloodleaf Plant
The easiest way to propagate your bloodleaf plant is to divide the root system. A rhizome, which is basically underground stem, develops at the base of the plant. This is cut into sections and then potted up to form new plants.
You can also get new bloodleaf plants from leaf cuttings and stem cuttings. For leaf cuttings, select a healthy green leaf and trim the top so that only the bottom part with the stem is left. Stick the stem part into the soil.
For stem cuttings, this is what you do: take a branch that has at least two pairs of leaves on it. Trim off all but the top pair of leaves. This is so that the plant won’t get too “top heavy” and fall over. Stick the stem into the soil. It should grow roots eventually.
How To Harvest The Blood Leaves
The leaves are ready to harvest whenever you want them to be. Just cut them off with some scissors or a sharp knife.
What Are The Bloodleaf Plant Benefits?
The best reason for growing this plant is the health benefits that you get from its leaves. Here are some of the main ones:
Bloodleaf Plant Benefit # 1 – Treats Digestive Problems
This plant can be eaten to help treat digestive problems such as diarrhea, indigestion, and excessive gas. It is also good for treating nausea and an upset stomach.
Bloodleaf Plant Benefit # 2 – Treatment For Infections
The juice from the leaves can be applied to cuts and wounds to help fight off infection. It also helps with earaches, toothaches, and sore throats.
Bloodleaf Plant Benefit # 3 – Help With Poisoning
If you accidently eat something that has poisoned you, then drinking a tea made from the leaves can help get rid of the poison.
Bloodleaf Plant Benefit # 4 – Anti-Microbial Properties
This plant also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. It can be used to fight off a cold or flu, or minor fungal/viral infections. If you have an open wound and are worried about getting an infection, then you can chew the leaves and apply them to the wound to help ward off any potential infections.
Bloodleaf Plant Benefit # 5 – Good For The Skin
Applying the crushed leaves to the skin will help get rid of skin inflammations such as rashes, eczema or psoriasis. It can also be used to help heal wounds and sores that are prone to getting infected.