Vicks. Plectranthus tomentosa.
Vick is the name with which the plectranthus tomentosa is known because its smell reminds us to popular "Vick vaporup". Easy to cultivate and to reproduce.
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Plectranthus tomentosa or Vick is a succulent plant which belong to the lamiaceae family.
Very well know due to its particular scent which reminds us to the very famous "Vicks vaporup" that we use when we are cold.
Very easy to take care of, does not need any type of special soil a universal one with a good drainage is going to be fine. It needs a lot of light, so it can be located in partial shade, shade or in places of several hours of sun.
As it grows quite fast, pinch this off frequently, we will get a bushier plant and will restrain a bit the growth.
When the leaves become wilted it might be that we are not watering enough, and by the contrary if we notice black leaves it can be produced by an excess of water.
Add water always that the soil is totally dried, reduce it in autumn and during the winter it scarcely needs water.
Consulted sources in addition to our experience with this plant:
- Plectranthus tomentosa. Vicks.
- Plectrantus is a specie native to the south hemisphere of the planet, Madagascar, India, Paskista, Indonesia, Subsaharian zones, Pacific Island, and some parts of the south of Australia-
- 30-40cms height apprx
- Green to lime leaves with a velvety tact.
- Purple flowers
- Partial to sunny positions, even several hours of direct sun.
- From moderate to very few water, and scarcely during the winter.
- Good plant to group in low maintenance gardens and of little hydric necesities. Good in pots as well-
- Sales format
- Pot of 11/12cms diameter
- Vicks can stand temperatures as low as -6ºC,but does not do well with frost.
- Al tratarse de planta viva y dependiendo de la temporada, la planta puede ser recibida, en algunos casos, no exactamente igual que en la fotografía, aunque sí lo más parecida posible. Sin que ello repercuta en la calidad de la misma.