Gardening

Helxine: a pretty green plant


Helxine is a pretty, green, ground-covering plant that is grown in the garden and indoors.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Soleirolia
Family : Urticaceae
Type : Creeping perennial

Height
: 5 to 10 cm
Exposure : Partial shade, shade
Ground : Light, humus

Foliage
: Persistent

Planting helxin

Planting helxine takes place either in spring or in autumn. It can be planted in the ground in the garden as well as in a pot on a terrace or balcony.

The right exposure for helxine:

Helxin shouldn't withstand temperatures below -10 ° C in winter, but don't worry, it starts again in the spring.

  • Helxine likes rather cool soils and therefore dreads too sunny areas, especially hot in summer.
  • So you find a place for it in the shade or part shade.
  • The cooler the climate is in summer, the more it will withstand full sun.
  • Water well the first weeks after planting, especially if it takes place in the spring.

Helxine indoors:

Helxin can also be grown as a houseplant under certain conditions:

  • Light but especially not behind a window full of sunlight.
  • Regular watering, as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.

Multiplication of helxin:

Very easy to do, you can multiply the helxin as you wish by simply dividing the tuft in the spring.

  • Simply take part of the plant with its roots
  • Replant in good garden soil or potting soil
  • Water regularly.

Helxine maintenance

Once properly installed, helxine does not require any care and multiplies on its own, spreading over months and years.

A few simple steps will allow you to have a very beautiful plant for a long time.

Here are our tips for a good growth of helxine over the seasons:

  • Water regularly the first year, then only in the event of high heat or prolonged drought.
  • The contribution oflawn fertilizer in the spring is a plus for the growth of helxin.
  • Stop all watering and fertilizer in winter.

It is a particularly resistant plant since it has no known disease or parasite ...

Things to know about helxine

Helxine is native to the western Mediterranean basin, Corsica and Sardinia and has become perfectly acclimatized to less southern regions.

Rather fast growing, Helxine will quickly reach its adult size.

If the flowering is insignificant, we especially appreciate helxin for its pretty green foliage which can even serve as natural grass.

Helxine is part of the same family as that of nettles but also that of pilea.

It also serves as cover plant to replace grass. or in Japanese zen gardens.

Tip about helxine:

She loves shade, but indoors she will still need light to develop.


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