What you will get:
You will receive one well developed Vicks plant growing in a 4" pot
Running out of gift ideas? Think about this plant. It not only looks gorgeous but also smells great. Your recipient's pleasure would be doubled. Your gift would be highly memorable and long lasting.
Vicks plant is a perennial herb with a scientific name of Plectranthus tomentosa. It can be grown indoors as a houseplant or outdoors as a garden plant very easily.
1. Great fragrance. The distinct fun point of Vicks plant is its pleasant sweet fragrance similar to Vicks VapoRub. The fragrant scent may not be smelled when the plant stays static, but it can be when the plant is moved, or shaken. It may remain on your fingertip if you touch its leaves with your finger.
2. Ornamental. Vicks plant has fleshy, yet cute light green succulent leaves arranged on their stems in an opposite-decussate way, meaning in opposite pairs, and each pair grows at right angles to its immediate adjacent pairs above and below.
3. Medicinal. The smell of Vicks plant can be used in poultices or simmered to generate vapor to clear nasal congestion. It says Vicks plants are repellent to mosquitos. However, to have a conceivable effect, it may need to be in a certain quantity or in combination with other plants.
4. Wildlife attraction. The plants attract butterflies, bees and some birds when planted outside.
5. Very easy to propagate. Vicks plant can be rooted within 10 days from stem cuttings. Its leaves can also be rooted very easily but it may be difficult to form plants.
1. Soil. Like most other succulents, Vicks plant prefers a well-drained soil.
2. Light. The plants prefer full sun or partially shaded when grown outside. When grown indoors, it does very well with a couple of hours of filtered sunlight or plant grow lights.
3. Water. Although Vicks plants are more tolerant to overwatering than many other succulents and thrives during rainy days in the summer, it should be watered sparingly when grown indoors.
4. Temperature. It says Vicks plants can survive in temperatures that drop to around 20°F in USDA Hardiness Zone 9a. However, it should be brought inside in the colder regions during winter.
5. Feeding. The plant may be fed every other month during the growing season with 2 x diluted house plant food and once or no feeding during the winter months depending on the growing conditions. More nutrients are needed when the plants grow faster. It can also be fed with a controlled slow release fertilizer that our shop offers.
Vick's plant is a relatively fast grower and needs to be pruned often to keep it in a good shape.