I purchased a bag of potting soil and purple velvet plant from Walmart. After transplanting it, a week later the soil is smelling sour. What has caused this and how can I fix it? My other plants that I transplanted at the same time are growing and do not smell sour. Please help.
This can sometimes happen to potting soil, especially if the soil has gotten wet inside the bag and left to sit. It basically starts to break down without air and rots. You can't really fix it. It will smell until it breaks down completely, which could be awhile. I would recommend that you repot with a new bag of soil and either compost this bag or return it to the store as defective.
Purple velvet plant has become more vines and less leaves. How do I correct this? Initially, the plant had lots of leaves. Now it has become stringy looking. The leaves are very spaced out. It's getting good indirect light by a window. Does not look droopy like over or under watered. Help!
If the plant has gotten leggy and it's receiving good filtered light, it is likely just aging and needs to be pruned and cut back.
You can start new plants with the cuttings if you would like. Cut it back to a leaf cluster on the branches of the plant.
If the plant has not been repotted in awhile, it may be a good time to move the plant up 1 size and refresh the soil. Use a good quality potting mix and make sure the pot has an adequate drainage hole.
You can add an all purpose slow release fertilizer to the soil.
I have a purple velvet plant that I have taken a few cutting off of. Now it has a "leg" that is quite long. Should I prune it off? If so, where do I cut it? The first pic is the leg. The second is where it starts. Thanks, Wayne.
Yes, you can prune the plant back to any size you prefer. If you cut the "leg" back to maybe the fourth or fifth leaf from the base, it will most likely grow two stems from that point. Or, you can leave it longer and use it as a hanging or trailing plant.
Can I hang Purple Pleasure plant outside on a porch? I have been reading about these plants and they say indoor. I went to my local plant nursery and they said they could be hung on porch in shade. Thank you
Your local nursery will know best on how to care for these in your area. The requirements will be different depending on where you are located, so I would trust your local sources on the care of these.
Etsy is selling seeds for Velvetleaf on its website. Isn't it illegal to sell, transport and import these seeds in most states?
Rules vary state by state. The federal government does not list velvetleaf as a prohibited species or noxious weed. Several states have listed it as a regulated Noxious Weed, Colorado, Iowa, Oregon and Washington. Seeds can not be sold there. There are also subclasses to noxious weeds with varying degrees of control/removal required. There are also state "non-regulated" noxious weed lists which means control or removal is not mandated but recommended. Very few plants are listed as Federally banned. Most often, economic concerns drive decisions to ban species such as plants that reduce crop yields or that contaminate seed operations. A plant that is simply a nuisance probably won't rise to the level whereby the sale of seed or plants is prohibited. The following website lists all the Noxious Weeds as designated by the US government and individual states. https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/java/noxiousDriver#federal
I’ve been told if you spritz the leaves with water from a spray bottle the plant will get more purple velvet on the leaves. Is that true?
This makes them more susceptible to rot. Brighter light will cause more coloration.