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Chenille Plant 4"

Chenille Plant 4"

Light Requirements

  • Brightness: Chenille plants thrive in bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon.
  • Placement: If growing indoors, place your plant near an east or north-facing window. If placed in a south or west-facing window, ensure it receives filtered light to avoid leaf scorching.

Watering

  • Frequency: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
  • Method: Water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

Humidity and Temperature

  • Humidity: Chenille plants prefer high humidity levels, ideally between 60-80%. Increase humidity by using a humidifier, placing a water tray nearby, or misting the plant regularly.
  • Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Protect the plant from cold drafts and sudden temperature changes, as it is sensitive to temperatures below 60°F (15°C).

Soil and Fertilization

  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix rich in organic matter. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and compost works well for Chenille plants.
  • Fertilization: Feed your Chenille plant every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Reduce feeding during the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Pruning: Regularly prune to remove any dead or damaged leaves and spent flower spikes to encourage new growth and maintain the plant’s shape. Pruning can also promote bushier growth. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
  • Cleaning: Gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. Avoid using leaf shine products, as they can block the leaves' pores.

Repotting

  • Frequency: Repot every 1-2 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time to repot your Chenille plant.
  • Pot Selection: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and ensure it has drainage holes.

Pest Management

  • Common Pests: Chenille plants can be susceptible to pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Regular inspections and keeping the plant clean can help prevent infestations.
  • Control: If you notice pests, treat them early with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by wiping them off with a damp cloth.

Flower Care

  • Encouraging Blooms: To encourage blooming, ensure the plant receives adequate light, humidity, and regular feeding. Proper care will help maintain the vibrant colors and long-lasting nature of the flower spikes.

Outdoor Care

  • Location: If growing outdoors, plant your Chenille plant in a location that receives partial shade to full sun, depending on your climate.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.
  • Protection: In cooler climates, consider bringing the plant indoors or providing frost protection during the winter months.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Yellowing Leaves: This can be caused by overwatering, underwatering, or poor drainage. Ensure proper watering practices and that the pot has adequate drainage.
  • Brown Leaf Tips: Often caused by low humidity or inconsistent watering. Increase humidity and ensure even watering practices.
  • Leggy Growth: Can be a sign of insufficient light. Move the plant to a brighter location with indirect light.

General Tips

  • Acclimation: When bringing a new Chenille plant home, give it time to acclimate to its new environment. Avoid moving it frequently.
  • Observation: Pay attention to the plant’s overall health and make adjustments as needed. Healthy Chenille plants will have vibrant, sturdy leaves and show steady growth.

Care Instructions

Delivery only available in IL & MO

Currently, shipping is only available to Illinois and Missouri addresses.

In-Store Pick Up

Free in-store pick-up is available during store hours. Orders are ready to go within 24-48 hours after your order is placed.

Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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