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  • Care Guide Murdannia loriformis

    Murdannia loriformis, also known as the Philippine Violet or Jewels of Opar, is a beautiful and low-maintenance houseplant. Here are some care tips to keep your Murdannia loriformis healthy and thriving:

    1. Light: Murdannia loriformis prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can cause stunted growth. Place the plant near a bright window with filtered sunlight, or provide artificial lighting with grow lights.

    2. Water: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Murdannia loriformis prefers a well-draining soil mix that retains some moisture. Water when the top inch of soil is dry, and do not let the soil dry out completely. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

    3. Humidity: Murdannia loriformis prefers moderate to high humidity, around 50-70%. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a pebble tray filled with water, using a humidifier, or grouping it with other plants.

    4. Temperature: Murdannia loriformis prefers temperatures between 15-24°C. Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 10°C or above 29°C, as this can cause damage.

    5. Fertiliser: Feed Murdannia loriformis with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser every 2-3 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Do not fertilise during the winter months when the plant is dormant.

    6. Pruning: Remove any dead or dying leaves as soon as possible to prevent the spread of disease or pests. You can also prune back the plant to control its size and shape.

    7. Pests and Diseases: Murdannia loriformis is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, watch out for common pests such as spider mites and mealybugs, and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

    With proper care, your Murdannia loriformis will produce beautiful purple flowers and provide a splash of color to your home.