Coralberry Ardisia Crenata

☘ Origin: East and Southeast Asia, and parts of India
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Family: Primrose, Primulaceae
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Botanical Name: Ardisia Crenata
 Common Name: 
Coralberry Tree

Symbolism: In Victorian flower language, the berry symbolizes perfection and “sweetness in life and character.” It also represents modesty because the berries are often found under the leaves.


🔆 Light
Bright, indirect light year-round. Some direct morning sunlight is fine, but keep shaded from hot, direct midday sun.


💧 Water
Keep the soil evenly moist year-round, but not soggy which can lead to root rot. Never allow it to dry out, either. It's a good idea to use a moisture meter rather than guess when to water. Also, always use room-temperature water on your tropical houseplants because cold water is a shock to them.


☁️ Humidity
These tropical shrubs do best with moderate-to-high (about 50-60%) relative humidity. Homes can become extremely dry in winter; use a cool-mist room humidifier few times a week for best results.


🌡️ Temperature
Cool to average room temperatures (7-18°C). Keep Ardisia crenata out of cold drafts from doorways and away from A/C and heat vents.


🧴️ Food
Feed every 2 weeks from early spring through summer with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer, and feed monthly in fall and winter.


🐾 Toxicity
Suspected of being poisonous to livestock, pets, and humans.


 Additional Tips
For the spring it is good to take the plant in the garden. The plant will not bloom in low light. You can help pollination by brushing the flowers. Thickening at the edges of the leaves is normal, this is due to bacteria that are necessary for normal growth.
It is affected by scale insects, mealy bugs and spider mites. With a warm winter, berries may fall. In case of water-logging, rotting of the roots is possible. Flowers can fall out in the cold.

⛔ HIGH RISK
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).

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