Purple Waffle Plant - Hemigraphis - 6" Hanging Basket - Easy House Plant

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Hemigraphis alternata is commonly called the Burgundy Bliss Ivy Plant in recognition of its glossy burgundy-purple leaves. The Burgundy Bliss Ivy Plant makes a easy to grow house plant, especially in a small hanging basket. Ovate leaves (to 3.5 long) are glossy maroon to purplish-green above and wine red beneath. Small white flowers in terminal spikes bloom in late spring to early summer. Indoors the Burgundy Bliss Ivy Plant prefers a bright, indirect light window and keep evenly moist, not wet or dry. Trim as needed. Waffle plant (Hemigraphis) is a genus including approximately 90 species known by colorful names such as red ivy, red flame ivy, silver waffle plant, metallic plant and purple waffle plant. Named for their puckered leaves, waffle plants are tropical plants suitable for growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11 and indoors elsewhere. At heights of only 6 to 9 inches, waffle plant is an effective ground cover, but it is also attractive in containers or hanging baskets. The plant is shade tolerant, but doesn't do well in salty sea air. Water your waffle plant whenever the top 2 to 4 inches of soil feels dry to the touch. Water the plant thoroughly, wetting the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, by letting a hose run gently 6 to 12 inches from the base of the plant. Fertilize your waffle plant once every month during spring and summer, using a dry or water-soluble general-purpose fertilizer with a ratio such as 5-10-5. Apply the fertilizer according to the rate specifications provided on the label. Water the plant deeply immediately after fertilizing to prevent scorching the roots. Pinch the tips of your waffle plant whenever the plant needs a more compact, bushy shape. Pinch the stems just above a leaf, stem or bud. Check the plant often for insect damage. Although healthy hemigraphis plants are relatively pest-resistant, they are sometimes bothered by whiteflies or scale. Direct a strong stream of water at the plant to dislodge the pests. Trim affected plant parts and spray heavy infestations with insecticidal spray or horticultural oil. Avoid pesticides, as toxic chemicals kill beneficial insects such as lady beetles.
  • Glossy maroon-purple leaves
  • It is primarily valued as a house plant for its crater-like and colorful foliage
  • Prefers a bright, indirect light window and keep evenly moist, not wet or dry
  • Small white flowers in terminal spikes bloom in late spring to early summer
  • Immediate shipping in a 6" hanging pot with saucer