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Herbsts Bloodleaf in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Iresine herbstii

 

Herbst's Bloodleaf

Iresine - or 'Bloodleaf' - can be annuals or evergreen perennials with coloured foliage, and which bear insignificant terminal spikes of whitish flowers in Summer.They are usually cultivated as ornamental foliage plants. In cooler climes they need to be brought indoors for the colder months of the year. Herbst's Bloodleaf bears glossy, bright red foliage. If grown in a container, it will only grow to around 18" high - much bigger if grown outdoors

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plant Features
  • Herbsts Bloodleaf likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Herbsts Bloodleaf likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Herbsts Bloodleaf is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Herbsts Bloodleaf likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Herbst's Bloodleaf

Latin name

Iresine herbstii

type

Tender perennial

family

Amaranthaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Herbsts Bloodleaf likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Herbsts Bloodleaf is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Herbsts Bloodleaf likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Herbsts Bloodleaf likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Herbsts Bloodleaf is 1.00meters x 1.40meters 1.00 M 1.40 M

Iresine herbstii

Iresine - or 'Bloodleaf' - can be annuals or evergreen perennials with coloured foliage, and which bear insignificant terminal spikes of whitish flowers in Summer.They are usually cultivated as ornamental foliage plants. In cooler climes they need to be brought indoors for the colder months of the year. Herbst's Bloodleaf bears glossy, bright red foliage. If grown in a container, it will only grow to around 18" high - much bigger if grown outdoors


Planting

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

They will grow in full sun, semi-shade or shade, although the brightest colours are generally obtained in stronger light. They prefer free draining, moist soils for best growth, however I have seen them growing in sand, puggy clay and in low-lying areas that flood. To get the best from your plants, prepare the soil incorporating organic matter and mulch. Avoid using high nitrogen fertilisers, which may encourage soft growth and a dilution in foliage colour. Iresines thrive in frost-free warm temperate, subtropical and tropical climates. However, as English, European and North American gardeners found over a century ago, these are easy plants to incorporate for summer colour. Plant when the soi s warm both day and night

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Take softwood cuttings from new growth early in the day in Spring or early Summer. Cut, neatly, a 4" approx. piece of a non-flowering shoot, pinch out the tip, and cut off the bottom leaves. Dip the bottom of the cutting in hormone rooting powder, and carefully place in a pot of cutting compost with the leaves just above the level of the compost. Water, label, cover with a polythene bag, and place in a warm, bright place, out of direct sunlight. Take the polythene bag off periodically for a while for ventilation (at least twice a week)

 
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