Duranta Red, Lal Badshah Plant, Neelam Plant, Ruby Leaf Plant, Loropetalum, Luthra, Ruby Alternanthera, Alternanthera, Loropetalum
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Some Duranta varieties have gold or variegated leaves but this Red Duranta is very popular for its attractive red foliage. It has a dense habit and is happy to be kept as a low to medium size hanging plant. It’s used as a feature plant or as a striking companion hedge to a green hedge more often. Some gardeners refer it as Loropetalum also but this plant is not Loropetalum which bloom deep pink flower. It resembles Loropetalum though.
Diranta Red is a perennial plant and is almost maintenance free. If you give sufficient water and fertiliser, it shows faster growth with vibrant colours. Even if you don’t give fertiliser, it shows satisfactory growth. Even with low level of atmospheric humidity and high temperature, this plant continues to grow healthily. Regular pruning increases its dense growth.
Duranta Red prefers to grow well in direct sunlight. This plant can tolerate over or under watering up to some extent. Water it, whenever the soil of your pot becomes dry. Such watering frequency helps in prevention of unwanted pathogens also. Proper drainage by making sufficient holes in bottom of pot is must. Slow-fertilizers help encourage the plant. If this plant does not receive sufficient sunlight, its red leaves become greenish. Some renewal pruning is necessary to keep a nice shape. Duranta Red is easy to grow in warm weather and full sun. It will quickly fill up a blank spot in the garden, and can also serve as a privacy screen in areas where they are winter hardy.
Dos and Don’ts after receiving the plant
- Do not re-pot the plant immediately after receiving. We’ve taken care of that with better pot and rich soil.
- Keep the plant in indirect sunlight for 3 to 7 days.
- Always check the soil moisture and keep the plant hydrated all time. Do not over water it.