Characteristics and care of the Iresine herbstii or Blood Leaves

Iresine herbstii also known as Iserine, Quelite, Herb of fever or Blood leaves . It belongs to the Amaranthaceae family, of the genus Iserine, which is made up of about 25 species of perennial plants and subshrubs. It is native to the tropical areas of the American continent, specifically Brazil.

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Characteristics of the Iresine herbstii

Herbaceous plant with numerous red erect stems , whose height is 30 to 60 cm. It is erect (although it can sometimes be a climber).

The leaves are oval purple, yellow, pink or green

The flowers are whitish, tiny without ornamental value.

Iresine herbstii care

It is a species suitable for growing indoors, to form groups and clumps of color in the garden. But it can also be grown in pots  for patios and terraces.

It requires sun, although if it is in areas of hot climates, it is better to place it in semi-shade or shade. So the ideal thing is that if you place it in a place where it receives a few hours of sun a day, but not at noon.

It cannot withstand the cold, but in mild climates it can be grown outdoors.

It requires a humid atmosphere. In the summer it requires frequent watering and spraying the foliage with water at room temperature.

As for the soil, it must be loose, rich in organic matter and well drained.

The plantation must be in the final place when the frosts have passed.

The transplant is convenient to do at the beginning of the summer.

Watering should be done frequently so that the substrate remains moist (every 2 to 3 days). It should be noted that it is not convenient to spray the leaves.

Composting should be done every 20 days during growth.

Pruning is great so you can stimulate branching. To do this, the ends would have to be cut. This will force the plant to produce new lateral branches that give it a compact and bushy appearance.

Among the pests that could damage it is the aphid.

The multiplication is by means of cuttings in the spring. Cuttings are very easy to root. To do this, they are planted in groups when the plants begin to develop, it is convenient that they are pruned to take vigor.

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