Rainbow Vine Plant - Urticaceae Elatostema Repens var. Pulchrum.

What You Need to Know About the Rainbow Vine Plant – Urticaceae Elatostema Repens var. Pulchrum

A low, spreading plant, rainbow vine or satin pellionia from Vietnam is grown for its fleshy, purple-tin ted stems and striking leaves, which are ¾ — 2 in. (2—5 cm) long, and emerald- green marked with a dull black- green along the midrib and veins above, light purple below.

While small, it is a useful plant in a terrar­ium or bottle garden. It is also effective at the front of an arrangement to disguise the container and soften the outline, or in a hanging basket. As it grows, it will form roots wherever the stems are in contact with the soil.

Size: Stems to 18 in. (45 cm) long. Light Indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Normal room all year; minimum 55°F (12°C).

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist from spring to fall. In winter, apply only enough water to prevent the soil from drying out.

Feeding: Give standard liquid fertil­izer once a month during spring and summer.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings in spring or summer. Lift layers at any time.

Special needs: Mist occasionally in high temperatures, shelter from drafts, and do not allow direct sun­light to scorch the leaves.