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Acalypha hispida – Chenille Plant

by Jessica Fox

The Acalypha Hispida is a lovely plant that can add texture and color to any home. They are also easy to grow and maintain. The Acalypha Hispida is a tropical plant from the Euphorbiaceae family, which makes it drought tolerant, but not frost tolerant. Here are some tips on how to grow and care for your Acalypha Hispida:

-Keep the soil moist at all times

-The plant will need to be repotted every 1-3 years depending on pot size

-Make sure the potting soil has good drainage for maximum root health

-Place in areas where it will receive shade during the day and bright light at night

-Water when soil feels dry about an inch below the surface

What Makes It Unique?

The Acalypha Hispida is a dwarf succulent that has lush green leaves and beautiful reddish-brown, star-shaped flowers. It grows in a variety of climates between 5° and 40° North latitude, with an average temperature of 60°.

Another interesting fact is that the plant’s leaves grow up to 4 inches long, making it perfect for hanging baskets! The plant prefers full sun and needs a little water every day.

How to Grow the Acalypha Hispida

The Acalypha Hispida is a tropical plant that grows best in full sun and low to medium growing conditions. It can be grown as an annual or a biennial, but prefers to be kept as an annual because of the need to be repotted every year. The Acalypha Hispida can tolerate temperatures from 40-100 degrees Fahrenheit (4-38 Celsius) depending on the area it’s grown in. You can grow your Acalypha Hispida indoors or outdoors, though the latter is recommended for better drainage.

The Acalypha Hispida is easy to grow and requires little attention once it’s established. It needs minimal care once it has started growing and should not require more than occasional watering throughout the growing period. Depending on where you live, you’ll probably want to plant your plant in early spring so that you have plants ready for harvest before summer arrives.

You’ll start harvesting your plants once they reach about 4 inches tall and 8 inches wide at the base by September or October.

How to Care for the Acalypha Hispida

The Acalypha Hispida is a tropical plant which receives its nutrients from the soil. This means you will want to fertilize your plant with organic matter such as compost, manure, or citrus peels. Here are some tips on how to care for the Acalypha Hispida:

-Water when soil feels dry about an inch below the surface

-Don’t let it sit in water for more than one hour at a time

-Prevent strawberry leaf spot by spraying foliage with a monthly spray of Neem oil (Raphia)

-Use loam or good topsoil with large particle size to prevent powdery mildew

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