A rare and unusual oddity in the herb world. Highly fragrant soft, succulent leaves that smell like Vick’s Vap-O-Rub or menthol when crushed. It is a tender perennial with a lovely neat habit which is easy to keep as a houseplant. Can also be used in cooking to give a minty flavour.
- Greenhouse grown.
- Available in 2", 4" and 6" pots.
Recommended Care Instructions -
Light - Vicks Plant thrive in part shade and dappled shade and will languish in deep shade. In fact, their best leaf coloration is achieved with morning sun and some degree of afternoon shade. The color change can also be affected by temperature, available sunlight, soil fertility, etc.
Temperature - Plectranthus tomentosa enjoy the heat and languish below 55 °F. Cold, overly damp soils can result in leaf drop and may encourage disease problems. However, extreme temperatures over 95 °F are also undesirable. Plant the plants after any danger of frost has passed when soil temperatures have warmed sufficiently and evening temperatures are above 60 °F.
Watering - Winter and summer watering is moderate. In summer, water more, but the soil should dry a little before the next watering, and the leaves slightly tied. In winter, it should be watered occasionally and gradually; excessive watering can lead to the occurrence of fungal diseases. However, complete drying of the soil is not allowed, because this can cause the leaves to fall off. Pour preferably with soft water.
Fertilizer - Light fertilization is recommended, particularly in containers. Slow release fertilizers with a balanced mix of nutrients are recommended for your containers although half strength liquid fertilizer applied every 2 weeks over the growing season should be sufficient. These plants do not show their best coloration if over fertilized so be conservative and consistent.
Bringing the plants inside for overwintering as houseplants is one option although temperatures near 70 °F continue to be ideal. Rotate plants and pinch back as needed to maintain form. Consider grow lights as an option to provide adequate winter lighting conditions.