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Acalypha reptans

 

Summer Love

Acalypha reptans is sometimes sold under the cultivar name 'Summer Love'. It reaches about 30cm and each plant spreads about the same distance. An enchanting plant which flowers with a profusion of red tassels over many months of the year. It requires very bright light to be continuously grown indoors. Ideal for pots and containers. 1-2 hours early morning late afternoon sun will stimulate more flowering. Water regularly. Remove spent flowers. Tip prune to maintain its shape.

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plant Features
  • Summer Love likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Summer Love likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Summer Love is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Summer Love likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Summer Love

Latin name

Acalypha reptans

type

Shrub

family

Euphorbiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Summer Love likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Summer Love is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Summer Love likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Summer Love likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Summer Love is 0.30meters x 0.30meters 0.30 M 0.30 M

Acalypha reptans

Acalypha reptans is sometimes sold under the cultivar name 'Summer Love'. It reaches about 30cm and each plant spreads about the same distance. An enchanting plant which flowers with a profusion of red tassels over many months of the year. It requires very bright light to be continuously grown indoors. Ideal for pots and containers. 1-2 hours early morning late afternoon sun will stimulate more flowering. Water regularly. Remove spent flowers. Tip prune to maintain its shape.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

If raising as an indoor plant : for best indoor success, very high humidity should be maintained. Also, spider mites, mealybugs and scale may be a problem when grown indoors. For outdoors : grow in containers or baskets on decks, patios or rooftop gardens. It is a good plant for color and should be used as an accent for both color and texture in a container. Re-pot annually in spring.

 

Propagation by division

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

For outdoor plants the clumps of rhizomes can be divided once the plant has become fully established.The simplest method is to carefully dig around the clump and gently pull it apart into fist sized pieces and re-plant immediately. For indoor plants, the rhizomes can be pulled apart, and re-planted, when re-potting the plant.

 

Flowering

From Early Summer TO Early Autumn

Acalypha flower periodically throughout the year, but mainly through the Summer to early Autumn period.

 
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