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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 6, 2012

Q. Rhoeo Spathacia

How far apart do you plant this plant? How tall does this plant grow and is it full?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 7, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

18"-24" is how far apart to plant them. They get to be about 1' tall.

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Asked by
milo2bear on
July 4, 2012

Q. Rhoeo spathacea “Moses” transplanting

I have one of these indoors that was given to me but it has doubled in size in just 2 months and needs a bigger pot. How do I transplant it? We live in the North and it freezes outside in the winter, so it really should not go out there unless I can bring it inside in the fall. I looked online and it is apparently poisonous and so I don’t know how to touch it, break it or separate roots on it. Please help.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 5, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

In your area it is best to keep the plant potted and treat it as a houseplant (bright, indirect light), allowing it to spend summers outdoors (in a shaded area) and bringing it inside during fall as temps begin to drop.

While most repotting is performed in spring, it is ok to go ahead and do this if yours has gotten out of hand. Move it up another pot size or two and use a well-draining potting soil. Also, make sure your new container provides adequate drainage to prevent root rot. This article will help with repotting: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/learn-more-about-repotting-houseplants.htm

The sap is the only poisonous part and since there's no worries in the plant being eaten, your only concern would be contact dermatis (itchy or burning rash) if you are sensitive to the sap. Wearing gloves can provide adequate protection during the potting process to avoid this, though unless you break a leaf or stem off, your're unlikely to encounter this sap.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 14, 2015

Q. Rhoeo dwarf

I pulled this plant out of my yard this morning with my bare hands and a sticky white substance came out and got on my hands. After only a few minutes, my hand starting feeling numb and now it is itchy. What is that substance and what is going on with my hand?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 16, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

This is the sap from the plant, which is toxic if ingested and will cause contact dermatitis of the skin (reddening, itching, stinging) in sensitive people. Wash your hands thoroughly and it should eventually go away on its own. If not, seek professional help. In the future, you may want to wear gloves when handling these plants.

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Asked by
conniemflack on
November 7, 2016

Q. Rhoeo

Is this plant suitable for around the pool? If so, what is a good companion? How should I prepare the garden bed?

Answered by
Alisma on
November 7, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Rhoeo needs well-drained, dry soil and can develop rot rot in wet soil, so make sure you can provide an appropriate site for it. A good companion would be any plant that also enjoys low moisture conditions. See this article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/rhoeo/growing-rhoeo-plants-in-the-garden.htm

The most important aspect of preparing the bed for Rhoeo is to improve the soil drainage if necessary:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/what-is-well-drained-garden-soil.htm
http://goodlifegarden.ucdavis.edu/blog/2011/08/how-to-improve-your-soil-drainage/

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