Free Clerodendrum Thomsoniae Plants

acalypha hispida plant
An extraordinarily attractive plant that provides a long period of display, almost all through the growing season. To grow at its best, the plant needs not only a relatively high level of light, but also humidity, which may make its cultivation difficult indoors. Nevertheless, with the right conditions it will grow quite vigorously and will need to be trained and kept in check. As a climbing plant the Clerodendrum will climb well up a cane frame, with additional support from wire ties. After flowering, the plant can be trimmed or pruned to improve the overall shape and appearance. An alternative method of display is to grow the plant in a large hanging basket, where it can both trail loosely over the sides and climb up the support chains.

Plant type : Flowering plant with climbing habit that can also trail
Season of interest : Late spring to early autumn
Size : 150-250cm (59-98in)
Flower : Star-shaped, red flowers appearing from 2.5cm (1 in) white calyx, producedin clusters
Leaf : Oval, almost heart-shaped, 7.5-10cm (3—4in), dark green
Temperature : 15-21°C (59-70°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit position with some shade to filter direct sunlight
Humidity : High
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer; keep on drier side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : 10-15cm (4—6in) cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 21 -22°C (70-72°F) from late spring to early summer
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Red spider mite
Availability : Not commonly available, but may be seen late in spring and summer, normally as small, bushy plant
Uses indoors : Best as floor-standing feature plant near patio window or in conservatory
Other varieties : C.t. ‘Delectum’ - pink to violet flowers