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Velvet Leaf Tree - Plant

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The purple velvet plant, is one of the most unique houseplants you can grow. This is due to the odd velvety purplish hairs that it produces on its green leaves.
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Description for Velvet Leaf Tree

It grows to 2 m tall, and has velvet-like heart-shaped leaves 15–25 cm broad. The flowers are yellow or orange, 4 cm diameter, maturing into button-shaped capsules which split lengthwise to release the seeds. The flowers and plants have a fruity scent.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
velvetleaf, velvetweed, Chinese jute, China jute, buttonweed, butterprint, pie-marker, or Indian mallowyellow or orange May to July10.00 to 15.00 feet easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Purple velvet plants can thrive in small pots for quite some time.
  • prune them heavily as they grow by cutting stems off at no more than 5" above the soil line.
  • ​Cuttings can be rooted well in jars of water. It typically takes 1-2 weeks for a cutting to root successfully.​

    SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
    Full sun well-drained soilsMedium23ºCApply any organic fertilizer

    Caring for Velvet Leaf Tree

    • They should be placed in areas of your home that receive bright, but filtered sunlight.
    • Soil should be kept only moderately moist at all times, do not over water this plant!​
    • You can even add some rocks or gravel to the bottom of your pot to ensure that water is draining well.​
    • Fertilize once a week during the growing season.
  • Typical uses of Velvet Leaf Tree

    Special features: Parts Used: Whole vine, leaves, roots, seeds, bark.

    Ornamental use: Bast fibers of the bark are made into rope.

    Medicinal use: Pounded leaves used for snake bites, abscesses, and wounds.
    Leaves and roots used for treatment of ulcers
    Leaves used for scabies.
    Roots used as diuretic. etc.

    References

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abutilon_theophrasti
    • http://2beingfit.com/velvet-leaf/
    • http://www.epicgardening.com/purple-velvet-plant/#tab-con-5

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