April 30, 2021


Day 120 of 2021 -  Calliandra in full bloom. This powder puff plant is pamana of my sis-in-law, Tita Gaye 💓

How to care for Calliandra

Calliandra presents high needs in terms of moisture since it comes from tropical climates. To compensate the dryness of the air, you can rest the pot on a bed of gravel or clay pebbles that are doused with water: evaporation will rise and weave through the leaves.
Watering is required frequently in summer, especially if the weather is warm.

If set indoors behind a window, avoid direct impact on the plant of the sun’s rays during the warmest hours of the day, mist water around the leaves if need be, with soft water.

Slowly reduce the amount of water you provide in fall, matching the waning days and temperatures.

How to grow calliandra from cuttings:

Depending on the size of the plant, snip stems off that are either a foot (30 cm) or a yard (one meter) in length. Longer stems have lower success rates but when they grow they’ll do so faster. Remove 9 out of 10 pairs of leaves, leaving only the few topmost pairs. Break them off gently. Either set them in water (in a glass or a cut gallon jug for the larger ones) and change water every three days Or set them directly in a pot of well-draining soil mix where they’ll take root. Use rooting hormone if available. Once rooted, transplant to final pot or to the garden.

(Source: https://www.nature-and-garden.com/)

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