Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period –Spring and summer
Hardiness – Tender
Iresine are best planted in a well-drained soil of loam, chalk, clay or sand within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area that receives full sun. Iresine are well suited to being planted in containers, as they are tender plants, so that they can easily be transplanted when frost is imminent.
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Amend heavy soils with a generous amount or organic matter and mix thoroughly to improve drainage and growing conditions. Plant out once all signs of frost have passed. Dig a hole that is the same depth and twice the wide of your plants, spreading the roots out before settling into place. Space companion plants 60cm (24in) apart to allow room for plants to spread as they mature. Water thoroughly and deeply after planting.
Water regularly throughout active growth when the soil becomes dry to the touch and throughout periods of drought. Reduce the amount of water in autumn and winter. Pinch out the tips to promote a bushier and dense growth habit. Protect plants from frost and cold weather by transplanting them to a greenhouse or conservatory.
It is possible to propagate Iresine by softwood cuttings in late winter or early spring.
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