The bead plant, also known as makole, coral moss and English babytears, is a foliage herb with berries for indoors which originated in Central and South America.
The plant is a creeping perennial with tiny green leaves forming dense mats of foliage. It bears small, green flowers followed by attractive round translucent orange or yellow berries.
This plant prefers filtered sunlight and should be kept away from full sunlight. It will tolerate temperatures down to 41 ° F .
Water from underneath standing the pot in water for ten minutes. Allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Feed with a low nitrogen fertilizer once a month from spring to summer.
Discard the plant when the berries begin to die off. Alternatively, place it in a cooler position during the winter at a temperature of 41-50 ° F, to promote fruit and flower growth for the next year. Repot in early spring.
If you’re disappointed because your potted plant doesn’t look is lush and attractive as do the plant in a florist shop, then you don’t know the trick that florists use to get that look. Florists do use a leaf shine product to polish the leaves on their potted plant to make them look as healthy and as attractive as possible.
There are many leaf shine products on the market and the best of those products, the one most used by florists on their plants is Chrysal leafshine.
Chrysal leafshine polishes your plants, as well as cut foliage, for a natural healthy look. It removes water spots and calcium deposits and even prevents dust from settling on the leaves. It is a quick drying, safe and easy to use spray which requires no wiping or rubbing.
To purchase Chrysal leafshine contact your local florist. If they do not currently have the product for sale; your local florist can get it from Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist Supply/Fresh Blooms.
Unfortunately, Delaware Valley does not sell directly to the general public; however, you can contact them at 800-676-1212 to learn where you can publicly purchase Chrysal leafshine. If memory should fail you when speaking to them just tell him you want the “good stuff” – I’ve ordered it that way from them before and that also goes to prove how fantastic this leaf shine spray actually is.
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