Plant Care:

Waffle Plant

Description:

It doesn’t take much effort to give these lush green and purple jungle-dwellers what they need to thrive in your home! Also known as red ivy or red flame ivy, these plants have a metallic tint and a crinkly look to their leaves, similar to a waffle texture.

Botanical Classification: Hemigraphis alternata

Pets And Kids:

Non-toxic to pets.

Plant Parent Care Tips:

  • Keep waffle plants soil consistently moist. Mist regularly.
  • Purple waffle plants sometimes develop minor cosmetic issues. The most common issue is spindly or dead, damaged growth. Prune off the unwanted stems at the base.
  • If you prefer a bushier plant, pinch the tips of your waffle plant whenever the plant shoots up new growth. Pinch the stems just above a leaf, stem or bud. 

General Care:

Water:

Waffle plants like to stay consistently moist but not soggy. Soil should have the consistency of a wrung out sponge. Mist regularly. Don’t be alarmed if you find it completely limp and wilted when it is thirsty. With a good drink, it will perk back up.

Sunlight:

Bright, indirect light or partial shade.  If leaves begin to look bleached out, they may be receiving too much light. With too little light, the purple colouring will fade.

Placement:

 Its small stature makes purple waffle plants an ideal house plant for decorating bedside tables, countertops, and desks.

Food:

Fertilize quarterly using half-strength liquid fertilizer while watering.

Common Issues:

Sudden leggy growth: Symptom of over-fertilization

Washed out leaf colour: Can be a symptom of too much sun, or not enough sun.

Interesting Fact

Waffle plants will tell you when they need a drink. You might find your waffle completely limp and wilted, but don’t fret! With a good watering, it will perk back up!