Commelina Ciliata

Description

Commelina ciliata is found in the Northern Territories and in Western Australia. It is an annual or perennial herb with a prostrate or semi-prostrate habit that can reach 0.7 m in height. It is found in water-retaining soils and areas such as creeks and floodplains. It flowers in the rainy season between March and August and has blue flowers.

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Commelina Ciliata Care

Overview

Humidity
50% - 60%
Light
Medium (Light - Indirect)
Soil
Mix soil
Temperature
15 - 24
Watering
Medium

Humidity

Average to higher household humidity is best. If the air is too dry, the leaf tips of a Commelina Ciliata plant turn brown. Place a Commelina Ciliata plant on a tray of wet pebbles to increase the humidity around it. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.

Light

Commelina Ciliata plants need very bright light.

Soil

Use a well- aerated soil that drains quickly. If the soil seems heavy and clay-like, add some peat moss and perlite.

Temperature

60°-85° F (16°-19°C) during the day and a little cooler at night.

Watering

Water well and then allow the top 2" to 3" of soil to dry out before watering again. If the soil of a Commelina Ciliata plant stays too dry and the plant is in bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., the leaves become stunted and lose color. Over watering causes root rot.

Fertilizing

Feed monthly in the spring and summer with a well balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.

Propagation

Propagate by plant division.