Commelina Virginica

Description

Commelina virginica, commonly known as the Virginia dayflower, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the dayflower family. It is native to the mideastern and southeastern United States, where it is typical of wet soils. While most members of the genus have thin, fibrous roots, the Virginia dayflower is relatively unique for its genus in having a perennial rhizome. The plant was first described by Car

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Commelina Virginica 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 Virginica plant turn brown. Place a Commelina Virginica 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 Virginica plants need very bright light.

Soil

Use a potting soil that retains moisture yet drains quickly so that the roots are not always wet.

Temperature

A Commelina Virginica plant grows well in temperatures between 60°- 80°F (15.6°- 26.7°C).

Watering

Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out before watering. Keep the soil drier during the winter when all houseplants, not just a Commelina Virginica, are not actively growing.

Fertilizing

Feed monthly when a Commelina Virginica 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 Virginica produce more colorful leaves. Over- fertilizing is another reason why the bright colors in the leaves start to fade.

Propagation

Commelina Virginica plants are easily propagated from Stem Cuttings.