Ruscus Hypoglossum

Description

Ruscus hypoglossum is a small evergreen shrub with a native range from Italy north to Austria and Slovakia and east to Turkey and Crimea. Common names include spineless butcher's-broom, mouse thorn and horse tongue lily. The species name comes from two Greek words ὑπό (hypo) and γλῶσσα (glōssa) meaning under and tongue.

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Ruscus Hypoglossum Care

Overview

Humidity
50% - 60%
Light
Direct Light
Soil
Clay soil
Temperature
15 - 24
Watering
Medium

Humidity

The humidity for the Ruscus Hypoglossum is just as important as water and light requirements. Simply put, the higher the humidity, the better. Mist your plant a couple of times per week. Brown tips on the plant will signify that the humidity is too low.

Light

In it's natural habitat the Ruscus Hypoglossum grows under the cover of shaded trees, so place your plant in a bright spot without direct sunlight which can burn the leaves that will mimic their natural living space.

Soil

Always use a loose, quick-draining soil for any Ruscus; this helps prevent over-watering and root rot. Add sand to your regular potting mixture if the soil doesn't drain quickly enough.

Temperature

Your Ruscus Hypoglossum likes comfortable room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

Watering

I would try and keep the soil slightly moist at all times and in the winter allow the soil to dry. You should be able to leave a Ruscus Hypoglossum for up to a month during winter without water and no harm would be caused. Over-watering can kill these.

Fertilizing

Ruscus Hypoglossum plants are slow-growing and need very little plant food. Feed once a month in the spring and summer with a water-soluble, well-balanced plant food at half the recommended strength. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Propagation

Ruscus Hypoglossum cuttings root in water, but the preferred method is to root them in a potting soil using a 5"-8" cuttings from the plant. Note which end of each cutting is the top and which is the bottom so you can plant them in the right direction.