Snow Bush Plant – How to Grow Care Guide

Hello, I bought this from a car boot and I dont know what it is but find it pretty. Please can you help identify it and if its indoor or outdoor. Thank you!

Hi Kayleigh,

Your plant is called a Snow Bush Plant (Breynia nivosa). It can be grown indoors in a pot or planted outdoors if the temperature where you live never goes below 60°F (16°C)

Light: bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., but no direct sun.

Water: Keep the soil moist but never soggy at all times. Never allow the soil to totally dry out.

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.: Feed every 2 to 3 weeks from March-September with a well balanced liquid fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.

Humidity: These plants require high humidity to stay looking good. I am not fond of misting. I think it often causes bacterial and fungal infections. Increase humidity by:

Group the plants together to create a mini greenhouse effect.
Place a small humidifier in the rooms where you have plants.
Place a plant that is not doing well on a wet pebble tray.

How to make a wet pebble tray:  Place some small rocks or pebbles in a saucer. Fill saucer with water until only top 1/4 of the pebbles are out of the water. Set the plant on the pebbles, making sure it is sitting on dry pebbles and not in the water. Replace the water as it evaporates into the air.

Temperature:  65-75°F/18-24°C are ideal temperatures. Do not plant outside if you think the nighttime temperatures during winter will go below 60°F/16°C. The leaves are easily damaged in low temperatures.

Pruning: Prune  long stems to keep the plant looking full and bushy.

Propagate: Propagate using stem tip cuttings.