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Bloodleaf (Iresine herbstii) is also called chicken-gizzard, beefsteak plant, or Formosa bloodleaf. Iresine bloodleaf plants are native to Brazil where they thrive in warm temperatures and bright sunlight. In their native environment, the plants reach heights of up to 5 feet (1.5 m.) with a spread of 3 feet (91 cm.), but when grown as annuals or potted plants they only grow 12 to 18 inches (31-46 cm.) tall.
Plant in a location with full sun or partial shade and organically rich soil that drains freely. Growing bloodleaf in full sun results in better color. Amend the bed with compost or aged manure before planting, unless your soil is exceptionally high in organic matter.
Keep the soil evenly moist all summer by watering deeply every week in the absence of rain. Use a 2 to 3 inch (5-8 cm.) layer of organic mulch to help prevent the moisture from evaporating. Reduce the moisture in fall and winter if you are growing bloodleaf plants as perennials.
Concerning Iresine herbstii plant care, you must remember three important things. One is proper lighting. Bright light is a must. The next factor to consider is the soil condition. Keep it rich in organic matter. Lastly, make sure water is enough to keep the soil lightly moist. Other things involved in bloodleaf plant care are proper humidity and temperature.
Paying close attention to bloodleaf plant light needs is critical. Light level influences the vibrancy of the color of its leaves. Note that it likes exposure to bright light. However, subjecting it to the full sun for prolonged periods may cause straggly growth. So, you have to choose the best location.
Iresine herbstii will thrive well in a loamy, organic-rich soil mix. It would be best to have a mixture that drains well but retains enough moisture. Also, take note that the ph level for bloodleaf plant should range between 5.6 to 5.9 (slightly acidic). This creates an ideal environment for the nutrients to be readily available.
When repotting bloodleaf plant, be careful to remove the root ball and get rid of the old soil. Trim the roots and remove the dead ones. Prepare a new container and fresh potting mix. Make sure the pot size is a little larger than the previous one.
Iresine herbstii flowering happens between late summer to early autumn as, during these seasons, the days become shorter. And since bloodleaf is a short-day plant, the shorter period of daylight favors them to be able to form flower buds. However, you can rarely observe this happen in bloodleaf plants kept indoors.
Now penniless in Achleva and bereft of her identity, Aurelia must decide if she wants to surrender to her new life or fight for her old one, all while navigating the complicated ties binding her to the enigmatic prince, the unquiet ghost of an ancient queen, and a poisonous plant called bloodleaf.
Found mainly in Brazil and Ecuador, bloodleaf is a beautiful red-leaved plant traditionally believed to boost immunity. Our specialty Bloodleaf Tea, when brewed, produces a bright red tea with a smooth, fragrant flavor.
Aster, black bloodleaf and honey have been steeped in boiling water to make a tea. When consumed, it hydrates by 25%, heals for 25 Hit Points and increases Poison Resistance by 10. However, it is still slightly irradiated and will give the consumer 1 Rad.
A red, semi-aquatic cluster of leaves found on bloodleaf plants in lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. It can be consumed raw to satisfy a negligible amount of hunger with a medium dose of radiation. Consuming it carries a low chance for disease or it can be cooked for additional benefits.
In a removed Vault 94 greenhouse terminal entry, bloodleaf was referred to as Iresine herbstii, a real world plant. The Pioneer Scouts botanical plants poster refers to it as Nelumbo aura.
Bloodleaf, beef plant, beefsteak, chicken gizzard ... now here's a plant with some funky nicknames. Scientifically known as iresine herbstii, this deep crimson shiny-leafed plant is native to Central and South America, where it is especially common in Brazil. The bloodleaf plant is classified as a tender perennial. This means it can continue to grow year-round for many years, so long as it lives in a warm climate zone. In colder areas the bloodleaf plant can be grown outdoors as an annual and left to die off at the first frost towards the end of the season. Otherwise it will need to be brought inside before the temperature drops. According to The Spruce, the lowest tolerable temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but it would behoove any gardener to keep it higher than that.
Bud pinching is common with these plants because, while a healthy bloodleaf does flower, the blooms are so insignificant they could never hold a candle to those show stopping leaves. Be sure to envision the tropics when finding the best location for your bloodleaf plant whether in your home or out in the yard. These sun lovers crave a lot of light and need plenty of moisture too.
If you're trying to dazzle up a drab landscape, nothing brings a better shock of bold color than the garnet leaf and stem combination of iresine herbstii. This is a plant that will happily put on a solo show when planted alone in a hanging basket. For an even more dramatic effect, create a contrast of deep red against bright green foliage by planting a wave of bloodleaf plants down the length of a hedgerow. Iresine herbstii makes an excellent choice for the edging around a flower bed as well. One more suggestion from the growers at Outside Pride is to use them for a ground cover. As they grow low and dense, they'll help keep pesky weeds from popping up. Flowers in complementary colors spaced throughout the ground cover will finish off a pleasing look.
When it comes to location, a bloodleaf plant will survive in partial shade but not without a price. Low light conditions will cause its leaves to become lackluster and for their red hues to fade into a dark, less impressive purple. Full sun exposure is necessary for the brightest and most saturated coloring.
Propagating bloodleaf plants could not be any easier than it is. A stem cutting left to root in a jar of water is really all it takes to double your crop. Not all plants can be started by this method, but the soft stems of the bloodleaf are just right for the task. The guide to starting new plants from stem cuttings by Better Homes & Gardens suggests taking a cutting that is 3 to 6 inches long. With sharp, sanitized cutting shears or scissors, cut just beneath a node. This is a slightly wider part of the stem from where leaves grow. Remove the bottom leaves so that only a few at the top remain. This will make it so it's only the stem that sits in the water. Refresh the water after a couple of days and you should see new root growth within a week.
If you choose to try your hand at growing a stem cutting in soil, use a light dusting of rooting hormone on the cut end. Once the cutting is planted, enclose the entire pot in a sealed clear plastic bag. This will create an environment with high humidity perfect for a baby bloodleaf.
Iresine herbstii bloodleaf plants require regular watering and prefer soil that remains damp. Standing water is never advised, of course, but do make sure to give these plants a thorough daily drink. As already noted, sun exposure is important. Indoors, a potted bloodleaf will thrive near a south-facing window. As explained by How Stuff Works, southern exposure offers the highest level of natural light. It also allows your plants to directly take in solar energy, an important source of life, especially for a tropical native.
There are thought to be around 20 to 25 varieties of bloodleaf plants, including hybrid cultivars. However, only a few are commonly sold as houseplants. Some have indentations at the rounded tops of the leaves, while others, like the IIresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima', will have more triangle-shaped leaves with pointier tips.
There is also a difficult to find bloodleaf variety called Iresine herbstii 'Variegated Heart'. This remarkable cultivar blends the best of both plants, the original and the Aureoreticulata, by creating an almost heart-shaped burst of red at the center of the green leaves. The base of the vein gets a splash of pink in the process that then dissolves into the yellow.
There's nothing to worry about if you have pets or children living near an irestine herbstii. It is a completely safe and nontoxic plant that actually boasts a long list of medicinal properties. A 2011 study published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines found that cultures from India to Africa to South America regularly use the leaves of the bloodleaf as an anti-inflammatory and as a wrap to heal wounds. Some scientists believe this plant has anti-cancer properties which can halt cell division and cause cancerous cells to die.
It is purported that irestine herstii has also been used for centuries up in the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes. Healers there believe it has the power to exorcize evil spirits from the body and, therefore, include it in a variety of rituals. It's possible that bloodleaf has hallucinogenic properties to boot, since it has been used as an additive for both ayuhuasca and San Pedro concoction ceremonies.
Guide to Houseplants has a nifty tip to guarantee your plant will never be stuck in a pool of standing water. This trick will work provided your bloodleaf is planted in a grow pot that is then sitting inside a more decorative outer pot. First repot your plant in a grow pot that is an inch or two bigger than the original and set it aside. Now get your decorative pot ready by placing a layer of small rocks inside on the bottom. Place your grow pot on top of these. The rocks will keep the roots above the water that drains from the grow pot. And the space between will harbor humidity as that water evaporates. It's a win-win situation that your moisture loving iresine is sure to appreciate.