Aromatic plants

Incense plant

What is the frankincense plant and its characteristics

Plectranthus is commonly called frankincense plant because it normally gives off a very strong scent reminiscent of this resin. The smell is even more intense when you rub or tear off a leaf of the plant. This species is perennial, very decorative and is characterized by having a drooping habit. It is a very popular plant in gardens because it is scenographic, especially as regards the specimens belonging to the variegated varieties, where the leaves have white and green stripes. The inense plant must be watered abundantly both in winter and in summer; liquid fertilizer should be dissolved regularly in the water. When the specimens are grown in pots, the water dose must be increased. If taken care of properly,

Rules on how to grow the frankincense plant

The frankincense plant is very simple to grow: it develops quickly and has an original beauty that gives a lot of satisfaction. This species can also be grown in pot as a houseplant in the interior of the house: it is characterized by being evergreen, bushy and creeping. Consequently, excellent results are also obtained by placing the specimens on balconies and terraces during the summer season. They have heart-shaped leaves, whose hue changes according to the species and very decorative panicle flowers. Since the frankincense plant has a fast growth, it is necessary to control its development with simple pruning. The specimens should be placed in the sun, because they need many hours of light. Typically they should receive at least three daily.

The ideal soil and how to fertilize

As for fertilization and ideal growing medium, Plectranthus loves drained, fresh substrates with a fairly high content of nutrients. It is advisable to mix universal soil with pumice stone (or gravel) and river sand: in this way water stagnation is easily avoided. The incense plant fears the cold and develops without problems in full sun: in fact it prefers long hot summers. Temperatures must not drop below 10 ° C; otherwise the specimens must be brought into the house. If they grow in an apartment, the growth is intense even during the winter period. The frankincense plant is preferably combined with geraniums and dipladenias, because these species have excellent resistance to the sun.

Incense Plant: Protection and Diseases

The incense plant fears above all root rot and powdery mildew: in the latter case the pathology occurs if the climate is too humid. In the first case, however, we have to do with water stagnation in the ground or in the saucer. Some symptoms are the presence of blackened buds and leaves with damaged edges. To solve this problem it is necessary to reduce the number and quantity of waterings; furthermore it is advisable to repot the specimen as soon as possible. The soil contained in the pot must be changed and draining material added. The frankincense plant develops best when placed outdoors and if it receives enough light. If pest infestations are present, a broad spectrum insecticide or a specific product can be used to eliminate the problem. They can be bought in any garden shop.

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