Gardening

Know the care of Jacobinia carnea or feather duster

Jacobinia carnea also known as Pink Justice , Jacobina or feather duster, belongs to the Acanthaceae family, which is made up of almost 400 species. It is native to Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil.

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Characteristics of Jacobinia carnea

Perennial and semi-shrubby herbaceous plant , which reaches 1.50 m in height and 1 m in diameter. The leaves have a short oval petiole, lanceolate, 15-20 cm long and 7 cm wide. The flowers are tubular with slight slimy pubescence, 5 cm long with a curved bilabiate tip, surrounded by short green bracts, with curly petals gathered in a spike shape and of different shades ranging from pink to red.

Caring for Jacobinia carnea

This species is used as an ornamental, being placed under trees or near walls.

It is a species that can be put in partial shade if it is in the garden, or in sunny places but without being directly exposed to the sun.

In summer, the ideal temperature is 18 to 12˚C. While in winter it is 10-15 10C, but it does not tolerate frost.

Irrigation must be frequent in hot seasons while also requiring spraying to increase the humidity.

The soil must be rich in nutrients, with the ideal pH that must range between 5.1 and 7.5, in addition to being porous.

As for the fertilizer, it should be every 15 days at the beginning of spring and until the beginning of summer.

Pruning is recommended in the fall, after flowering. Now, you can use the remains of the pruning for cuttings. When doing it, it is convenient to cut the stems to about 10 or 15 cm and minimize watering. Likewise, the withered parts should be avoided so that the plant does not waste energy.

The multiplication is carried out by means of cuttings and the transplant should be every 2 to 3 years with a rich and loose mulch.

Jacobin carnea is susceptible to attack by spider mites, mealybugs and whiteflies. In addition, young shoots are susceptible to attack by aphids. You should also be careful with the lack of environmental humidity, as it can cause the leaves to curl.

Without a doubt a plant that would be worth having in the garden. What do you think? Do you like it?

Images courtesy of: TANAKA juuyoh , Forest and Kim Starr

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