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Acalypha Pendula Strawberry Firetails


Strawberry Firetails, also know as Chenille Plant, Acalypha or Red-hot Catstail are an easy to grow houseplant. Acalypha have woody stems and make beautiful hanging plants. When in bloom this plant produces a long pink fluffy tassel that is very soft, hence the nickname Chenille plant.



Recommendations for growing success:

Temperature: Warmth is important, keep between 65°F - 80°F during the day and at least 60°F at night.

Light: Bright light but no direct sunlight

Humidity: Moist air is key to keeping an Acalypha happy! Set pot on a pebble tray or surround with moist peat moss. Mist leaves often to ensure the plant gets enough moisture. 

Water: Keep moist at all times, do not let this plant dry out!



Planting Instructions (Cuttings):

A cutting is a piece of plant material used to start a new plant. Cuttings are sold with no pot, soil or roots and will come as just vegetative material.

To plant your cuttings get a small pot no larger than a 4" Pot, fill the pot of soil with an all purpose well draining potting soil and moisten soil. Then take each cutting, dip into rooting powder and press into the soil. Make sure to get the eye deep into the soil. The eye is located where the leaf stem and the main stem meet. Lightly water the cuttings in and place in a greenhouse environment with bright indirect light. If you do not have a greenhouse you can place your pot inside of a sealed ziploc bag in bright indirect light. Don`t forget to keep your cuttings moist and in a few weeks you`ll notice the cuttings have begun to develop roots, at this point you can remove the plant from the ziploc bag.



Planting Instructions (Plug):



When you receive your plug, get a pot no larger than a 4" pot for 1 plug. Fill the pot with a well draining all purpose potting soil and moisten the soil. Push the plug down into the soil where the top of the soil on the plug is level with the soil in the pot. Place in bright indirect light and water as needed.

Ceramic pot not included. Please view our shipping policy located below under the "Shipping" tab.