tropical plant-chicken gizzard

Eroomgardener's picture

Hi!


Someone gave me a leggy plant in a pot of soil she called "chicken gizzard", or some kind of gizzard, anyway. It reminds me of a coleus without the scalloped leaf edges. The plant has cranberry red stems, and two toned oval leaves (pointed at the ends) that are variegated with cranberry veins and dark burgundy between. It is really striking. I cannot find reference to it other than one mention of Iresine herbstii 'Aureo-Reticulata'. Please see http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/interiorscape/Iresine_herbstii.html  (please come back; do not get too distracted-it is a great site).


However, the photo on the Interiorscape site is different with lots of green and some pink in the leaves. I suspect this is what I have, but gets more varied (with green and pink) when placed in brighter light. I need to know the best way to propagate it. Is it safe to cut back? Can I root it in water? The single stem is two feet long, but there are not many leaves left. I do not want to lose it.


Thanks for helping.



PS: I found it!!! http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/foliage/joseph.html The common name is Joseph's coat. However, there is no info about propagation.


Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.


Edited 5/12/2007 4:10 pm ET by Eroomgardener

Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

Bead's picture

(post #15552, reply #1 of 6)

Hi,
I used to have some of that years ago as a houseplant; it seems to me that it did root fine in water. Also, after you cut it, the rooted portion may send up new branches. I haven't had any for a long time as I tend to forget to water and iresine apparently resents drought....

Eroomgardener's picture

(post #15552, reply #2 of 6)

Thanks, Bead,


I killed mine, too. I put it in water and it did root. However, I forgot to water it. The good news is another friend gave me a cutting from her plant, which may or may not be irsine (it looks similar), and one tiny piece broke off. I put the big piece in a glass and the tiny one in a tiny vial filled with water. It actually rooted! I then planted it in a miniature urn that I keep on the kitchen table. I cannot forget to water it there, as I see it at breakfast and dinnertime. I will post a picture in the next message. Maybe it will survive this time.


Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

Eroomgardener's picture

(post #15552, reply #3 of 6)

Here it is.


Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

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Bead's picture

(post #15552, reply #4 of 6)

I keep my 'special needs' plants in obvious places, too! Otherwise they don't last long....

Eroomgardener's picture

(post #15552, reply #5 of 6)

Well, it looks like I may have put the tiny red plant out of its misery. On the other hand, we need worry-the big cutting is doing fine. In fact, it is almost ready to plant!


Do you recognize the green plant? It is a snipping from popular evergreen shrub used by a lot of landscapers here in zone 7 at office buildings and shopping centers.


 


Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

the country gardener's picture

(post #15552, reply #6 of 6)

It's a little hard to tell, but it looks like English Laurel. The whole display is beautifully arranged by the way.

Marty


"The plants have been good to us."  Lester Hawkins

Marty

"The plants have been good to us."  Lester Hawkins