Commelina Lukei

Description

Commelina lukei is a monocotyledonous, herbaceous plant in the dayflower family from East Africa. This blue-flowered herb has been recorded in lowland areas of Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar, where it is found in a variety of habitats ranging from forests to grasslands to roadsides. Described in 2008, the species was previously confused with Commelina mascarenica and Commelina imberbis. Despite t

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Commelina Lukei 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 Lukei plant turn brown. Place a Commelina Lukei 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 Lukei 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 potting soil that retains moisture yet drains quickly so that the roots are not always wet.

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 Lukei 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

Commelina Lukei plants are easily propagated from Stem Cuttings.