Commelina Forskaolii

Description

Commelina forskaolii, sometimes known as rat's ear, is an herbaceous plant in the dayflower family native to much of Africa, Arabia, and India. It has also been introduced to Florida in the United States. It is considered a common species in most of its range. It can be easily recognized by its bright blue flowers with winged stamen filaments. The seeds are also distinctive with distinctive irregu

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Commelina Forskaolii 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 Forskaolii plant turn brown. Place a Commelina Forskaolii 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 Forskaolii 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 Forskaolii 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 when a Commelina Forskaolii plant is producing new growth with a water-soluble houseplant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Using a plant food high in nitrogen helps a Commelina Forskaolii produce more colorful leaves. Over- fertilizing is another reason why the bright colors in the leaves start to fade.

Propagation

Propagate by plant division.