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With skill, the stinging nettle from the field can be saved in the following year. To multiply is called the magic formula.With its varied leaf colors, the attractive leaf shapes and different growth heights, the colorful nettle (Solenostemon scutellarioides) on perennial beds has an enchanting effect. The leaf ornamental plant originating from the tropics of Asia has no chance to hibernate outdoors in our latitudes. In contrast, the stinging nettle as a container culture survives the cold season perfectly in the house in a bright and warm place. However, the temperature in the winter hostel must be above 12° Celsius.
Some gardening enthusiasts certainly regret that the outdoor stinging nettle has no future prospects at the end of the gardening season. But with a little skill, she can also be saved over the next year. The leaf decoration plant in the tub should get a larger planter for the new terrace season in the spring. So the Buntblattpflanze thrives optimally and thanks you with a colorful and bushy growth.
Multiply stinging nettle by cuttings
You are particularly impressed by the solenostemon hybrids outdoors and would have an equally attractive foliage in your garden the following year? No problem: copy the stinging nettle.
- In late summer you cut off about 10 centimeters long, powerful shoot tips with three pairs of leaves from your favored leaf ornamental plants. The lower leaves are removed.
- Then put these shoots in a glass with water. Once roots have formed, the cuttings can be planted in pots.
- The substrate in the pots should be permeable, nutrient-rich and moist. Mix the potting soil with plenty of compost before planting.
- After potting, place the cuttings on the windowsill in a warm room.
- Now make sure that the soil in the pots always stays moist. Too wet, the substrate may not be, the stingray tends to quickly root rot.
- When the cuttings have gained a foothold in their pots, they begin to grow rapidly.
- From time to time you cut off the shoot tips during growth, which makes the young plant bushier.
- These stinging nettles, grown from cuttings, will be planted outdoors as soon as the outside temperature is at least 15° Celsius.
➔ Tip: You can also cultivate the young plants in the pot for the room or in the tub for the terrace.
Repot room and potted plantsThe magnificent leaf ornamental plant shows a considerable growth rate, provided it is in a bright place, gets enough nutrients and is kept moist regularly. Sometimes the Blattschmuckgewächs claimed more space in the pot or bucket. Then you should transplant their stinging nettles in the spring before the new shoot.
- Choose a planter with a visibly larger volume and a drain opening at the bottom. Cover the opening with a potsherd and fill in the pot a small layer of slightly grainy gravel, coarse in the bucket. The gravel layer is intended as drainage, so that it does not come to waterlogging in the planter.
- Mix the planting material liberally with compost and add some of the mixture to the pot via the drainage layer.
- Then take the stinging nettle out of your old planter. At the same time, you can prune the root ball and shoots of the plant a bit.
- Now check that the plant is high enough in the larger pot. It must not be deeper than before, otherwise rot at the root neck can form.
- When the planting height is sufficient, fill the pot with the remaining substrate. Finally, press the soil in the planter and water the plant moderately.
➔ Tip: Indoor plants can cultivate perennials if they are regularly repotted.
The space requirement for the stinging nettle in the tub can be exhausted after two years, because it usually plants two to three plants of different colors for the terrace.
Sow new color mixture
With colored nettle seeds from the assortment in the garden center, you can grow up again every year splendid Solenostemon scutellarioides. Most are colorful mixtures that hang on the shelf and save the purse rather than the already potted seedlings.
- You can sow the stinging nettle in a sowing tray in March. Use seed soil.
- After spreading, the seeds are not covered with soil. Colored nettles are light germs and are therefore only pressed gently after sowing.
- Then wet the seeds in the sowing bowl with lime-free water from the spray bottle.
- If possible, put a transparent foil pouch over the sowing tray, but in which you have previously punched a few holes.
- Now set the sowing in a light and warm place. The room temperature should be about 22° Celsius.
➔ Tip: The higher the temperature and the humidity, the faster the stinging seeds will germinate. As soon as the small plantlets show 3 leaves, they are individually potted in pots.
Even if the stinging nettle does not survive the winter outdoors, you can enjoy the colorful splendor in the garden in the next year. Increase the ornamental leaf plant with cuttings. In the pot or in the bucket the bushy plant thrives perennial, if it is regularly transplanted.