How To Propagate Persian Shield

Is Persian shield easy to propagate?

Persian shield are easy plants to propagate because they are relatively hardy, fast growers. You can start with very small plants and by the end of the season have very sizeable specimens to fill your garden bed.

How do Persian shields propagate in water?

Instead of planting cuttings directly into soil, peat or sand, I place them in water until roots form. I skip rooting hormone and just place the cuttings near a sunny, warm window. Be sure to change the water regularly, every 2-3 days, and roots will begin to appear in about a week.

Does Persian shield plant spread?

Wonderfully adaptable, Persian shield grows in sun or shade. When grown in full sun, especially in hot climates, it needs regular watering to keep it from wilting. Make growing Persian shield easier by spreading a 3- to 4-inch-deep layer of mulch over the soil around the plant.

How do I make my Persian shield bushy?

One of the appeals of a Persian shield plant is its natural bushiness. However, you can make it even bushier in appearance by pinching the stems back every now and then. Soil for your plant should have a basic pH level of 5.5.

Where do I pinch Persian shield?

This soft-stemmed shrub is fast-growing. Cut Persian Shield back in spring when it becomes leggy. Pinching off its stem tips in spring and summer will encourage branching and create a fuller, bushier plant. Pruning tip: Cut a stem at an angle, just after a node (the place where a leaf is attached to the stem).

Is Persian Shield an annual or perennial?

Persian shield, Strobilanthes dyerianus, is a dramatic addition to any garden. With iridescent purple leaves, Strobilanthes dyerianus is a tender perennial that makes a dramatic addition to any garden.

Why is my Persian Shield losing color?

There is nothing wrong with the plant losing it's purple color and is normal on older leaves that will die off. There isn't much you can do to make it more purple. Its highly unusual to attempt to, but exposing it to brighter light may help.

How do you repot a Persian Shield?

Instead, propagate by stem tip cutting during repotting time. To take a cutting, choose new growth and use a rooting hormone for an increased chance of success. Place cuttings in seed-starting soil and locate in a warm, humid place until new growth emerges.

How do I overwinter my Persian shield?

If you're in a cooler climate, the plant may need full sun in the summer for optimum color. When overwintering keep the plant as a potted or container plant in a bright and sunny location. Some sources say that this plant is hardy from USDA zones 8 to 11. However, it may die back late in the autumn in zones 8 and 9.

How fast does Persian shield plant grow?

Quick Reference Growing Guide

Plant Type: Tender evergreen perennial Lavender blue/green and iridescent purple
Time to Maturity: 3-5 years Beds, borders, containers, houseplant
Height: 1-3 feet Lamiales
Spread: 1-3 feet Acanthaceae
Growth Rate: Fast Acanthoideae

When should I repot my Persian shield?

Repot every three years in the spring, using a 'Houseplant' labelled potting mix and the next sized pot with adequate drainage. Persian Shields are far better potbound for several years due to the heightened risk of root rot and repotting-issues (like transplant shock) - so only repot if you feel it's wholly necessary.

Why is my Persian shield leggy?

Your plant can get leggy as it gets older, during the winter, or if it needs to be repotted. If pinching back does not discourage the leggy habit, consider repotting. For the winter months, pinch off flower stalks and occasionally pinch back excess stem growth.

Can I cut back Persian shield?

You can trim back Persian shield hard now to control the size and make the plant bushier, or to remove any cold damage that may have occurred. Cut the plant down to the point where you want the plant to sprout and produce new growth. Pinch or trim back as needed any time during the summer growing season.

What plants look good with Persian shield?

You can make great combinations with the Persian Shield. The purple foliage plays off the yellow-green stalks of the large bananas in our gardens. Another great choice would be to use lilac-colored impatiens as companions, although pink also would work well.

Should I mist my Persian shield?

Persian Shield plants require high humidity. Leaves dry up and fall off in low humidity. You can mist the leaves to increase the humidity, but use rain water or distilled water. Misting the plant with water containing chemicals such as chlorine or water that has passed through a softener puts marks on the leaves.

What soil is best for Persian shield?

The Persian shield grows best in rich, well-draining soil that has plenty of organic matter. Create a potting mix for a Persian shield houseplant by combining two parts peat moss, one part houseplant soil, and one part perlite. This type of soil mix contains organic matter along with perlite as a drainage amendment.

Is Persian shield an indoor plant?

Growing Persian shield plants requires warm temperatures and sultry humid air. It is hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11, but is more commonly grown indoors or as a summer annual in cooler climates. Use Persian shield indoors to brighten up the home and create tropical ambiance with ease of care.

Are Persian shields toxic?

For the most part, Persian Shield is a safe choice for properties and households with kids, pets and livestock. There is no indication that this plant is toxic; however, some anecdotal accounts say that the sap can be irritating to your skin.

How do you pinch the tip of a plant?

How do you grow Persian shields in Australia?

Persian Shield does best in part shade on rich well-drained soils. Does not suffer any major pest issues but will occasionally get scale, mealybug or aphids. Will not tolerate frost. Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer such as Troforte.

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