JOY WITH JANE
Jane adds an eye-catching splash of purple to any plant collection. She likes hanging around in baskets, tall plant pots or off bookshelves. A perfect beginner plant.
WHERE’S MY HAPPY PLACE?
Jane loves almost any type of light so will be happy in most rooms of your home. Bright light, even direct sunlight, is especially good if you want Jane to grow more dramatically and show off her colours.
If you are planning on keeping her in a sunny spot, like a south or west facing window, acclimatise Jane to it by leaving her in the full sun at the cooler parts of the day for an hour or so at a time until she is used to the heat. If her leaves start to scorch, get her out of the direct sun and give her some time to rest in a shadier spot.
WATERING & FEEDING
Use the HomePlant finger trick – poke your finger into the soil up to your first knuckle. If it comes out damp at all, Jane does not need any water.
If the soil is dry, it’s time to water.
Rain and distilled water is always best for plants because the chemicals in tap water can turn leaves brown, but if you can only get tap water, don’t worry too much. Jane can handle it.
When watering, make sure you water thoroughly - meaning water should run out of the holes in the bottom of the pot. This means all of the roots are getting water and not just the ones near the surface. Once watered, leave Jane to stand in your sink, tub or shower for an hour to drain properly. Jane hates sitting in water.
Water directly onto the soil, remembering to water so thoroughly that it begins to drip through the bottom of the plastic pot. When you’re done, leave Jane to stand in a sink or the tub for an hour or so to drain excess water away. Jane, like almost all plants, hates being left sitting in still water because it rots her roots. If in doubt, leave her alone. Jane hates having too much water far more than she hates not having enough.
Jane doesn’t need to eat all that much. Feed her once a month in spring and summer and don’t give her anything in autumn and winter.
Jane makes a beautiful hanging plant so you might want to repot her into a bigger pot to really give her room to grow. When it comes to repotting - springtime is best - make sure you get a big enough pot so that you can bury the roots in around four inches of soil. Make sure your new pot has holes in the bottom for watering.
When you shift her across, give her a watering to bed everything down, and keep a close eye on her for the next few days. If she usually sits in bright sunlight, move Jane somewhere bright but not in direct light. She's just moved house - last thing she needs is extreme weather while she's unpacking!
Being left in water will hurt Jane. Give her plenty of time to drain after watering.
The leaves are mildly toxic.
Expect an upset tummy if a dog, cat or child eats one.