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SWEDISH IVY - Plectranthus verticilatus 

plectranthus03 This plant makes an ideal hanging basket because of the way its weak stems drape over the pot. They have soft square stems with bright, round, sometimes variegated leaves about 1 1/2 - 2 inches.

Swedish Ivy is a fast grower and needs occasional pruning to keep it bushy. Use these cuttings for propagation. In the right environment a Swedish Ivy will produce tiny little white flower fronds.

LIGHT: Swedish Ivy likes moderate to bright filtered light. Avoid direct sunlight.

WATER: Keep soil moist at all times but avoid saturation. They will tolerate occasional dryness at the roots with no harm to the plant. Reduce water during the winter months.

TEMPERATURE: Provide good air circulation but avoid cold drafts. Minimum temperatures should be no less than 50 degrees.

This plant is often available in 8" hanging baskets.