How to grow and care for Chicken Gizzard Plant (Iresine herbstii aureoreticulata) Indoors

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Houseplant, Chicken Gizzard plant

Botanical name: Iresine herbstii aureoreticulata
Family: Amaranthaceae

Chicken Gizzard Plant also called Yellow Iresine is a colorful houseplant 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.

Iresine herbstii, (Bloodleaf Plant) which bears wine red stems and leaves with prominent red veins is another of the common Iresine varieties that can be grown indoors.

These Iresines are native to the American tropics where the growing conditions are warm, moist and humid.

The Best Growing Conditions for Chicken Gizzard Plant (Iresine herbstii aureoreticulata)

The Best Light for Chicken Gizzard Plant

The best light for growing Chicken Gizzard Plant indoors is bright light with some sunlight to enhance the leaf color.

However, protect your Chicken Gizzard Plant from hot sunshine to avoid scorching. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Chicken Gizzard Plant

Keep the soil moist for Chicken Gizzard Plant at all times but avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

Reduce watering for your Chicken Gizzard Plant during the cold months as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.


The Best Temperature for Chicken Gizzard Plant

The best temperature for Chicken Gizzard Plant is an average warmth with a minimum of 180C. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

The Best Humidity for Chicken Gizzard Plant

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. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Clean the leaves of your Chicken Gizzard Plant by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Chicken Gizzard Plant

Feed your Chicken Gizzard Plant fortnightly with a balanced, water-soluble fertlizer during the growing season.

Withhold feeding your Chicken Gizzard Plant during the cold season as the growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Chicken Gizzard Plant

Repot your 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 for your Chicken Gizzard Plant to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

The best soil for potting your Chicken Gizzard Plant should be free-draining and rich in organic matter.

How to prune Chicken Gizzard Plant

Pruning your Chicken Gizzard Plant involves pinching of the growing tips to encourage bushiness and control growth.

Cut-back the tall stems in your Chicken Gizzard Plant during the growing season to prevent the plant from becoming leggy. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

How to Propagate Chicken Gizzard Plants (Iresine herbstii aureoreticulata)

Chicken Gizzard Plant can be propagated during the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate Chicken Gizzard Plant 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 Chicken Gizzard Plant 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.

Common Problems in Growing Chicken Gizzard Plant (Iresine herbstii aureoreticulata) Indoors

Why is my Chicken Gizzard Plant losing leaf color?

Inadequate light will cause your Chicken Gizzard Plant to loss its bright leaf color.

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.

Why is my Chicken Gizzard Plant growing weak and with elongated stems?

If your Chicken Gizzard Plant does not receive bright light with some sunshine, it will exhibit weak growth and elongated stems.

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.

Which plant pests attack Chicken Gizzard Plant?

The common plant pests in Chicken Gizzard Plant are Aphids. These sap-sucking insects are attracted to the new soft growth of the plant where they cause distorted growth.

Is Chicken Gizzard Plant (Iresine herbstii aureoreticulata) toxic?

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.

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