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Rhoeo Spathacea compacta is also known as Moses-in-a-basket, Tradescantia spathacea, the boat lily, moses-in-the-cradle, boat lily and oyster plant The plant is widely grown all round the world as a houseplant, owing to its ornamental features. It also serves in the gardens as a fast growing ground cover. It belongs to the Commelinaceae family. The plant is considered to be a native of Florida and Tropical America.
The Rhoeo Spathacea compacta plant is a native of tropical America and Florida and is widely ground known for its ornamental features.
Due to its fast growing nature the plant is widely grown as a ground cover.
The plant belongs to the family Commelinaceae.
The Rhoeo can be grown as a container plant or under the trees.
The Rhoeo Spathacea compacta are fairly easy to maintain if the basic care is provided.
The plant thrives well in both indoor and outdoor setting. The plant can tolerate tropical and temperate temperatures.
The plant grows well in a temperature range of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.
The plant can grow up to 1 feet in height.
The minimum height of the plant is 0.5 feet.
The plant can grow well in well drained and moderately fertile soil.
The soil should be moist and never wet as it may lead to root rot.
The light requirement of the Rhoeo Spathacea compacta is quite high.
Best results are seen in the exposure of the plant to bright and direct sunlight.
The plant should be ideally placed in that region of the garden which receives maximum sunlight.
The Rhoeo Spathacea compacta have moderate water requirements.
The plant requires being watered liberally during the summer. Proper drainage must also be ensured.
The plant requires an application of any organic fertiliser during the summer months.
The fertiliser used should have equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.
The fertiliser can be supplied at the roots and sprayed on the leaves.
The Rhoeo Spathacea compacta provide an excellent look and are considered best for indoor cultivation.
The leaf extracts of the Rhoeo plant can prove an effective cure for fever, cough and bronchitis.
The Rhoeo plant can also grown in gardens owing to its ornamental features.