Chenille Plant Care - Knowledgebase Question

San Mateo, CA
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Question by hkryan
January 30, 2000
I am looking for advice on how to take care of one of my houseplants. The label on the plant when I bought it said "Chenile". I haven't been able to find any information about Chenile plants. The plant is in a hanging basket, it has round, green foliage, and pink Bottlebrush-shaped tufts of pink seeds. I don't know what it's water or light requirements are. Any advice you could give me would be helpful.

Answer from NGA
January 30, 2000
The botanical name for the chenille plant is Acalypha hispida. It commonly flowers in fall and winter. Chenille plants like direct sun during winter for about 4 hours a day. In the summer, provide filtered sunlight. Avoid drafty locations. Keep your plant evenly moist and fertilize only during late spring and summer. Leaves will drop if the soil becomes too wet or too dry. Chenille plants are bushy and need to be pruned in the early spring to keep them within bounds indoors. Light pruning can also be done throughout the year. Provide your plant with a large enough container, and it will grow and bloom at its best.

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