Botanical name: Iresine herbstii aureoreticulata
Common names: Chicken Gizzard Plant, Yellow Iresine
Chicken Gizzard Plant also called Yellow Iresine is a colorful lant which bears red stems, green leaves with yellow veins and is an excellent addition to any houseplant collection for a splash of color.
Chicken Gizzard Plant can grow to a height of 2 ft when grown indoors. The leaves are either rounded or lance-shaped with yellow veining.
The Chicken Gizzard Plant bears small, greenish-white flowers which are not as conspicuous as the brightly colored leaves.
Pinch out the flowers as soon as they begin to form so that your Chicken Gizzard Plant can direct its energy to growth other than developing the flowers.
Chicken Gizzard Plant is closely related to Iresine herbstii, (Bloodleaf Plant) which bears wine red stems and leaves with prominent red veins. It is another of the common Iresine varieties that can be grown indoors.
Iresines are native to the American tropics where the growing conditions are warm, moist and humid.
Buy beautiful and healthy Iresine Plants from Etsy.
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Chicken Gizzard Plant grows best in bright light with some sunlight to enhance the leaf color. It can also grow under a grow light.
However, protect your Chicken Gizzard Plant from hot sunshine to avoid scorching. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Chicken Gizzard Plant thoroughly and keep the soil moist at all times but avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease.
Reduce watering during the cold months as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.
Chicken Gizzard Plant thrives in an average warmth with a minimum of 180C. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.
Chicken Gizzard Plant requires high humidity for it to thrive. Raise humidity for your Chicken Gizzard Plant by setting the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
Clean the leaves of Chicken Gizzard Plant by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust. Read more on how to clean houseplants.
Feed Chicken Gizzard Plant fortnightly with a balanced, liquid fertilizer during the growing season.
Withhold feeding during the cold season as the growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.
Repot Chicken Gizzard Plant during the growing season only when the roots grow out of the drainage holes as it prefers to be root-bound.
Use a pot 1-2 sizes larger and one with a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease.
The best soil for Chicken Gizzard Plant should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.
Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Chicken Gizzard Plant. Buy quality Potting Mix for your Chicken Gizzard Plant from Etsy.
Pruning Chicken Gizzard Plant involves pinching of the growing tips to encourage bushiness and control growth.
Cut-back the tall stems in Chicken Gizzard Plant during the growing season to prevent the plant from becoming leggy. Read more on how to prune houseplants.
Chicken Gizzard Plant can be propagated during the growing season from stem cuttings.
Take 4-6 in. long stem cuttings from your Chicken Gizzard Plant. Ensure each cutting has at least one set of leaves and 2-3 leaf nodes.
Insert the cuttings in moist, free-draining soil and place the set up in a warm shaded place.
Maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges. Allow the new Chicken Gizzard Plant to be well established before transplanting.
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Chicken Gizzard Plant losing leaf color is caused by inadequate light.
Move your Chicken Gizzard Plant to a brighter spot. Chicken Gizzard plant grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Chicken Gizzard Plant weak, with elongated stems is due to too little light.
Move your Chicken Gizzard Plant to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light with some direct sunshine. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Chicken Gizzard Plant pests are aphids. These sap-sucking insects are attracted to the new soft growth of the plant where they cause distorted growth.
Chicken Gizzard Plant (Iresine herbstii aureoreticulata) is non-toxic to humans and pets. Chicken Gizzard Plant is safe to grow indoors.
However, Chicken Gizzard Plant sap may cause irritation on sensitive skin. It is advisable to always wear gloves when handling this plant.