Commelina Diffusa

Description

Commelina diffusa, sometimes known as the climbing dayflower or spreading dayflower, is a pantropical herbaceous plant in the dayflower family. It has been introduced to the southeastern United States where it is most common in wet disturbed soils. There are two recognised varieties, one being the type and the other being C. diffusa var. gigas, which is native to Asia and has been introduced to Fl

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Commelina Diffusa Care

Overview

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

Humidity

Commelina Diffusa prefer high humidity. Place a small humidifier nearby or place your Commelina Diffusa plant on a tray of wet pebbles. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water. I'm not a fan of misting plants since this often encourages pests and diseases.

Light

Commelina Diffusa plants like bright indirect 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. 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 better the light, the more flowers and colorful leaves a Wandering Jew plant produces.

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 Diffusa 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.