Purple Passion Plant Care

purple passion plant care

The plant is listed by the National Gardening Association as non-toxic for humans and pets, including dogs and cats, birds and reptiles.

Purple passion houseplants (Gynura Aurantiaca), are unique and beautiful houseplants that can be grown indoors. This young purple passion plant is a perfect choice for hanging in a basket. It has velvety leaves, thick purple hairs, and a green leaf with a cascading habit. The purple passion houseplants are a classic indoor decoration. They can also be found in the wild in southern regions.

How to Grow Purple Passion Flowers

The purple passion plant is also called the velvet plant or Gynura. It has thick hairs that give it purple leaves. The plant’s hairs become more dispersed and the color becomes less intense as it ages. Purple passion houseplants can be attractive for up to two years.

The purple passion plant should be planted in soil that is well-draining as it is more susceptible to root rot.

For easy rooting, use a mixture of perlite and vermiculite when rooting cuttings. Cover the cuttings with a perlite or vermiculite mixture when they are being rooted. Then, take them off at night.

Purple Passion Plant Care:

  • Place purple passion plants in bright to moderate lighting, but avoid direct sunlight. The purple color of purple passion plants is intensified by a brighter light.
  • Purple passion houseplants like cool temperatures. The ideal temperature for purple passion plants is 60 to 70°F (16-21 C).
  • The soil should be kept moist, but the roots shouldn’t be allowed to stand on soggy soil.
  • Avoid wetting the leaves as hairy leaves can trap water and cause them to rot. As part of velvet plant care, fertilize every two weeks from spring to fall.
  • Fertilize every other month. Purple passion plants can be grown outside as an annual. However, it is best to keep them contained so they don’t spread too much. Although purple passion houseplants can produce orange flowers, the odor they emit is not pleasant.
  • To avoid smelly blooms, many gardeners cut off the buds. If you don’t have any, flowers are a sign that the plant is mature.

Purple Passion Plant Propagation

The purple passion plant is most commonly propagated using cuttings. These plants root quickly if there are a few key growing conditions. While purple passions can be grown in water it is better to propagate these rot-prone plants using soil. To encourage root growth, you can take cuttings during the spring and summer seasons. The best way to propagate purple passion plant is:

  • Take the cutting of the plant.
  • Clip a few more leaves off for it to root better.
  • Place the stem in a glass or container with a narrow rim, so that the stem stands still with the bushy leaves resting on the rim.
  • Pour water till the stem is immersed fully.
  • Wait till you see some roots coming out from the areas where the leaves are cut and also from the stem cutting. Typically, you’ll see roots coming within 5 days and to be ready to plant in soil, it takes 15 days to fully root.

  • Prepare the potting mix and plant the stem gently without hurting the roots.

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