Cercestis Mirabilis is a flowering plant of the Cercestis genus in the family Araceae. There are several species of this genus which are all climbers native to African rainforests of Uganda, Nigeria, Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Cameroon, and Zaire.
Plants of the species Mirabilis exhibit divine architecture. They produce leafless shoots along the stem called flagella that are of bright green color and further allured by the pale green leafy-patterned specks. The shape of leaves is so peculiar like a large butterfly, the size of your hand or can be even bigger.
It grows to about 2 feet tall and blossoms pretty yellow flowers that are unluckily nonaromatic. Many people buy it from the Botanic zone Id and grow this captivating ornamental plant in their homes to enhance the beauty of their interiors.
Cercestis Mirabilis thrives well in low to medium bright lights. Since it is native to African forests where it is shaded by a number of large trees, it actually thrives better in shady places with less light exposure.
Always keep the soil of this beautiful ornamental plant wet and moist. Do not flood the soil with water but also do not leave it dry out. You can water it thrice a week in the summer for best results.
Though this plant needs excessive moisture, it is best grown in well-drained soil. You can make this organic soil yourself by adding peat, compost, barky material, and coconut shells to the soil. Accordingly, you can also do misting daily when your soil has an excellent draining capacity.
Cercestis Mirabilis loves humidity, more precisely high humidity levels that can be maintained in a home by placing a humidifier near your plant. One can also accomplish this by placing the pot under a tray of wet pebbles. Moreover, spray a liquid fertilizer diluted with water daily in the summer season to help it grow well.
Pests and Diseases:
Cercestis Mirabilis is resistant to almost all pests and diseases. It is only susceptible to spider mites and scales that in fact do not require any pesticide or insecticide. You can simply rinse the leaves to get rid of mites and scales. Nevertheless, you can try some organic essential oils to repel spider mites, but don’t forget to wash your plants soon after application.
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