Free Carex Morrowii 'Variegata' Plants

acalypha hispida plant
As its common name of Japanese Sedge suggests, the Carex is in fact a grass. The delicate, variegated leaves make it an excellent foil for other, bolder plants, either in a terrarium or as part of a mixed bowl arrangement. Air movement through the foliage can also create an interesting effect, especially when coupled with light. The plant is a fairly easy species to cultivate, provided the humidity is kept at quitea high level, otherwise the leaves will turn brown at the tips and edges. This problem is accentuated ifthe plant is grown at too high a temperature.

Plant type : Ornamental grass with erect variegated foliage
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 25-30cm (10—12in)
Flower : Insignificant, greenish buff, infrequent
Leaf : Fine, erect, 20-30cm (8—12in), cream and green variegated, arching when longer
Temperature : 15-2TC (60—70°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation out of direct sunlight
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Keep compost evenly moist throughout year, but slightly drier in winter
Feeding : Once every four weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Separate clumps with sharp knife and pot separately in houseplant potting compost at 20°C (68°F) from mid spring to mid summer
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Red spider mite, browning of leaf tips and edges
Availability : Occasionally available throughout the year
Uses indoors : On windowsill, partly shaded by curtain or position close by; useful foil for other plants