Ardisia crenata

Ardisia crenata

Image - Wikimedia / Dick Culbert of Gibsons, BC, Canada

La Ardisia crenata It is a fantastic shrub that is used both as an indoor and outdoor plant in warm climates without frost. Its leaves are very pretty, but what is most striking are its fruits, which look like cherries with a spectacular red color.

If you want to know what its characteristics are and how to have it great, then I'm going to tell you everything about her.

Origin and characteristics

Ardisia crenata

Our protagonist is an evergreen shrub native to China and India whose scientific name is Ardisia crenata. Its leaves are dark green, leathery, simple and whole with a wavy margin. The flowers are small, white and star-shaped, and are gathered in panicular inflorescences. Edstas are lightly scented. The fruit is a bright red berry.

It grows to reach 1 or 1,5 meters, hence it can be grown without problems in pots throughout its life, or in small, medium or large gardens.

What are their cares?

Ardisia crenata flowers

If you want to have a copy, we recommend that you provide it with the following care:

  • Location:
    • Exterior: it must be in semi-shade.
    • Indoors: put it in a room with plenty of natural light. It can be near the window but in an area protected from direct light.
  • Earth:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate mixed with 30% perlite.
    • Garden: grows in fertile soils with good drainage.
  • Irrigation: in summer it has to be watered about 3 or 4 times a week, and the rest of the year once or twice a week.
  • Subscriber: from the beginning of spring to the end of summer with a universal fertilizer, following the indications specified on the package. Ecological fertilizers can also be used.
  • Pests: mealybugs y aphids, which are treated with specific insecticides.
  • Rusticity: it does not resist cold or frost.

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