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Vicks Plant in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Plectranthus tomentosa

 

Vick's Plant

Vick's Plant is a tender perennial with a nice spreading habit. Compact with a cascading growth habit, it is a great choice for hanging baskets and containers. The leaves are fleshy, and give off the aroma of Vick's Vapor Rub when rubbed or crushed.

 
plant Features
  • Vicks Plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Vicks Plant likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Vicks Plant is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Vicks Plant likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

 
plant information

Common name

Vick's Plant

Latin name

Plectranthus tomentosa

type

Tender perennial

family

Lamiaceae

ph

5.5 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Vicks Plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Vicks Plant is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Vicks Plant likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

  • Water

    Vicks Plant likes very little water

    Very little water

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Vicks Plant is 0.60meters x 0.50meters 0.60 M 0.50 M

Plectranthus tomentosa

Vick's Plant is a tender perennial with a nice spreading habit. Compact with a cascading growth habit, it is a great choice for hanging baskets and containers. The leaves are fleshy, and give off the aroma of Vick's Vapor Rub when rubbed or crushed.


Flowering Season

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

Coleus produce flower spikes, if they are removed they will assist the foliage.

 

Propagation by seed

From Late Winter TO Early Spring

They can be sown 2.5 months before the last frost, put seed compost into a container. firm down, then sow seed on top, set the container in water so that the compost is moistened from the bottom up, when it has been taken out let it drain before covering with glass or clear plastic, cling film is good. Put onto a bright windowsill but not in direct sunlight.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Take soft wood cuttings in spring to early summer. Cleanly cut up to a 10 cm long stems, remove lower leaves and pinch the tip out, dip the stem into rooting hormone, fill a container/pot with suitable compost, make holes around the edge of it and plant the cuttings, water in well, cover with a polythene bag and place somewhere warm,take the bag off twice a week to air the cuttings. Keep the cuttings moist until well rooted.Harden off when well rooted and pot on into individual pots increasing the airing to let the leaves to develop. Remove rotten, dying or dead cuttings regularly.

 

Planting out

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant outside into partial shade, when all sign of frost is gone, this will encourage better leaf colours. Pinch the tops out when they about 6 inches tall to make them become bushy. If growing on into pots, fill the pot with compost mixed with some well rotted garden compost or manure as this will act as a feed before planting them. Put them onto a bright windowsill, but avoid direct sunlight.

 
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