Hardiness: Protect from frost
Tropical perennial native to Asia. May be grown in the temperate zone in pots, brought indoors for the winter. Plant prefers full to part shade, moist, rich soils, humidity.
The plant thrives under good care but fades fast with neglect–it needs watering almost daily, has zero tolerance for frost and will sunburn if not protected by shade. The seeds are small and are best sown in warm soil, in the light. My favorite method for planting seeds of this sort is to prepare a pot or flat with nice humus potting soil, filling to the lip and leaving the surface rough, not smooth and patted down. Then, sprinkle the seed over the surface of the soil and tamp firmly. This allows the seed to fall down between the roughened particles of soil, and then when you tamp it down with the palm of your hand…
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