How to grow and care for Velvet Plant (Gynura spp) Indoors

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Velvet Plant Care, Gynura Care

Gynura sarmentosa

Botanical name: Gynura spp
Family: Asteraceae
Common names: Velvet Plant, Purple Passion

Velvet Plant Description

Velvet Plant also called Purple Passion is a popular houseplant whose foliage is covered with shiny purple hairs and is perfect for adding a splash of color in any space.

Velvet Plants are fast growing and are easy to grow indoors. The shiny purple hairs on the foliage impart a velvety feel to the plants.

The Velvet plants produce small dandelion-like flowers which have a rather offensive smell and need to be removed at the bud stage.

Velvet Plant Origin

The Gynura genus (Velvet plants) are native to Asia.

Velvet Plant Varieties

Only a few species of the Gynura genus are grown indoors. One of them is Gynura sarmentosa, which is a trailer, whose foliage is gleaming purple in bright light and is ideal for a hanging basket.

Gynura aurantiaca, has larger leaves and is more upright. Gynura procumbens (Longevity Spinach), which is a trailer, whose leaves are deep burgundy colored at the bottom and is ideal for a hanging basket.

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Velvet Plant Care, Gynura Care

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Velvet Plant (Gynura spp) Care Indoors

Velvet Plant Light Requirements

Velvet Plant grows best in bright light conditions with some sun to enhance leaf color but avoid hot midday sunshine as it can scorch the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Velvet Plant

Water Velvet Plant thoroughly during the growing season while allowing the top 2 in. of soil to dry a little between waterings. Reduce watering during the cold period.

Ensure the pot for your Velvet Plant has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Velvet Plant

Velvet Plant prefers average warmth with a minimum of 150C. Protect it from cold and hot draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Velvet Plant

Velvet Plant has no need for high humidity. However, for lush growth and to reduce pest infestation, set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Regularly clean the leaves of your Velvet Plant by gently brushing off the dust with a soft brush but do not wash with water as it can be trapped between the hairs and thereby cause disease infestation. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Velvet Plant

Feed Velvet Plant every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a balnced water-soluble fertilizer. Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Velvet Plant

Repot Velvet Plant every year during the growing period. Use a pot which is 1 size larger and free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.

Ensure the pot for your Velvet Plant has a drainage hole inorder to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

How to Prune Velvet Plant

Pruning Velvet Plant involves removal of yellow and dead leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

To encourage a bushy and compact growth of your Velvet Plant, pinch off the growing tips. The tips can be used to propagate new plants.

Remove the flower buds as soon as they appear to prevent having the offensive smell from your Velvet Plant.

Cut back leggy stems at the beginning of the growing season to rejuvenate growth for your Velvet Plant. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Velvet Plant (Gynura spp) Propagation

Velvet Plant is propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings. The Velvet Plant stem cuttings can be rooted in soil or in water.

How to root Velvet Plant stem cuttings in soil

Take stem cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Velvet Plant and insert them in moist free-draining soil.

Place the set up in warm, shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed.

Transfer the rooted Velvet Plant cuttings to individual pots and begin routine care.

For a fuller Velvet Plant, plant several cuttings in one pot.

How to root Velvet Plant stem cuttings in water

Take cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Velvet Plant and place them in a jar of plain water.

Place the set up in a well-lit spot and change the water every 7-10 days.

When a good amount of roots have formed, transfer Velvet Plant cuttings in moist free-draining soil.

Place the set up in a warm, shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth has emerged and substantial growth has been observed.

Transfer the rooted Velvet Plant cuttings to individual pots and begin routine care.

For a fuller Velvet Plant, plant several cuttings in one pot.

Velvet Plant Care, Gynura Care

Gynura aurantiaca

Velvet Plant (Gynura spp) Problems Indoors

Velvet Plant bearing undersized leaves and showing spindly growth

Velvet Plant bearing undersized leaves and showing spindly growth is receiving too little light.

Move your Velvet Plant to a brighter spot as Velvet Plant prefers bright light with some direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Velvet Plant brown leaves, dry leaf tips and edges and shows stunted growth

Velvet Plant brown leaves, dry leaf tips and edges and shows stunted growth are signs of Spider Mites infestation due to the air being too dry.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Velvet Plant in order to discourage Spider Mites infestation. Remove dead growth also to reduce their breeding ground.

Velvet Plant losing leaf color

Velvet Plant losing leaf color is caused by too little light. Move your Velvet Plant to a brighter spot and ensure it receives bright light with some direct sunshine inorder to enhance leaf color.

Velvet Plant drooping leaves

Velvet Plant drooping leaves are due to underwatering. Ensure the soil for your Velvet Plant is consistently moist and never allow the soil to dry out completely. Water the plant immediately and it should perk up.

Velvet Plant Pests

Velvet Plant Pests are Spider Mites, Scale Insects and Aphids.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Velvet Plant Diseases

Velvet Plant diseases include root-rot diseases which is prevalent in too wet conditions.

Is Velvet Plant (Gynura spp) toxic?

Velvet Plant (Gynura spp) is non-toxic to both humans and pets.

However, Velvet Plant may cause allergic skin reactions to people with sensitive skin. Always wear gloves when handling Velvet Plant.

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