Setcreasea Pallida (also called Purple Heart or Purple Queen) is a tender perennial used as a houseplant or an annual in landscape applications. It makes an interesting piece for a combination planter as it grows upright to a height of 12-18 inches tall. As the plant gets bigger, the stems will cascade under their own weight. Although it produces small pink flowers in the spring, its large purple leaves and stems set it apart from other plants in the houseplant category. In zones 9 and warmer, the frost will kill back the top foliage, but the plants recover quickly in the warmer weather of spring.
Your unrooted cuttings will arrive freshly cut. You will need to plant them immediately
and begin a misting cycle to root the cuttings. This will leech the soil of nutrients, so during the propagation phase use a constant feed of 1/3 the normal recommended dosage
of fertilizer until well rooted.
For best results with Setcreasea Purple Heart , we recommend using a constant feed program of 200 ppm N
. Maintain a pH between 5.0 - 6.0.
We recommend that you pinch Purple Heart 5-10 days after transplanting
to your final container. They may require a second pinch to shape the plant for your final needs.
Grow pot-tight in 1801s
for landscape use. Final planting for larger containers (gallon pots) should be 10"
on center. Always leave room between containers for proper airflow and light penetration between the plant's foliage
HeightControlPlant growth regulators are not recommended
for Setcreasea Purple Heart .
Setcreasea aren't prone to many pests, but watch for an occasional Spider Mite
Setcreasea Purple Heart is not prone to many diseases, but don't oversaturate the soil
. If the plant sits in moist soil for an extended amount of time, you could end up with root rot or botrytis
. Botrytis grey rot is usually associated with wet or humid conditions. You can prevent botrytis by allowing the plant to dry out between waterings, allowing for good airflow in your greenhouse, and spacing to allow the sun to penetrate to the soil level. The most common chemicals used to treat botrytis and root rot are Medallion and Banrot. Use them as a drench according to each label's instructions.
Planting Setcreasea Purple Heart Liners
- We recommend planting 4-5 starter plants per 10 inch basket. Use a well-drained soil in your baskets and plant your starter plants deep, allowing the ellepot to be completely covered by the soil. If you are planting 4" pots, 1 plant per pot should be sufficient. Plant it directly in the middle of your pot.
- Pinching is recommended 5-10 days after transplantation. A second pinch may be necessary depending on the size and shape of the final pot.
Cuttings vary in size between different plant families, but most can be described as tip cuttings (ivy are leaf-and-eye stem cuttings not tips) that stick nicely
in small plug trays such as the 105-plug tray we use (some varieties are better suited for a 50 cell tray, i.e. Angelwing Begonia, Bougainvillea, Setcrecea, etc.). Please do not order unrooted cuttings unless you are an experienced propagator with mist systems and proper temperature control.
Setcreasea Purple Heart Quick Reference Guide
|4" crop time||11 Weeks|
|10" crop time||13 weeks|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 9-11|