The Tree of Destiny – this is the name of a beautiful and tender plant with fantastic colors. Thomson's clerodendron or Thomson's clerodendron is a plant that would delight you with beautiful blooms almost all year round. It is a type of flowering vine that can be grown indoors. It pleases the eye with its interesting colors and is suitable for decorating window sills and windows.
Thomson's clerodendron is an evergreen creeper that resembles vines. Its leaves have a deep green color and pronounced veins. It reaches a height of about 4 meters. With regular pruning and shaping, the height can be controlled so that it is comfortable to grow at home.
But what impresses the most about the tree of destiny is its color. The inflorescences are complex, combining two colors - white and red. The shape resembles a heart, which is why the plant is called by various nicknames - "bleeding heart", "bleeding glory". The nickname "tree of destiny" comes from the botanical name of the plant "clerodendron". In Greek "kleros" means destiny and "dendron" means tree. A is "Thomsonian" because of the missionary William Cooper Thomson, after whom it is named.
How to grow Thomson clerodendron at home?
Location and Light
Light is extremely important for this clerodendron. It should be very abundant, but not direct. Direct heating can damage the plant. East, west or south exposure is best, but not in direct sunlight. With a northern exposure, the amount of light is usually not enough for abundant flowering.
Clerodendron loves moisture. In spring and summer, when temperatures are higher, the plant should be watered regularly and abundantly. On the warmest days, sprinkling is also recommended to further increase the humidity. Thomson's clerodendron is native to Cameroon, Senegal and West Africa, where the air humidity is high.
In winter, it is good to keep away from heating appliances and drafts from air conditioning. Its leaves turn yellow in these conditions. The leaves may droop, which is a normal process due to the dry air. Create more moisture around the plant to help it form new leaves.
In every season, the soil of the plant should not be kept wet. Watering is regular and plentiful, but only after the top layer of soil has dried. If you overwater the plant, it will rot. It is important to water with standing water, as well as to ensure very good drainage.
The suitable soil mixture for Thomson clerodendron is 2 parts leaf humus, 1 part peat, 1 part sand and a little drainage clay. Pebbles can also be arranged at the bottom of the pot. The soil should be slightly acidic.
To enjoy abundant and long flowering, water the tree of destiny with liquid fertilizers for flowering plants. In spring and summer, feeding is more frequent - once a week. In autumn, feeding is diluted to 1 or 2 times a month. In winter, during the passive period of the plant, you do not need to feed.
Transplanting and Propagation
Propagation can be done by cuttings or seeds. To take a cutting, cut off the top of the stem, remove the lower pair of leaves and soak in water for 1 day.Prepare soil for planting by mixing peat soil with sand in equal parts. After planting the cutting, cover it with a plastic bag to create high humidity and heat. Place in a bright place without direct sunlight.
The soil for planting the seeds is the same as for cuttings. Make a small greenhouse in the same way as for propagation by cuttings. The aim is to raise the temperature and humidity of the soil to speed up germination.
Younger plants are transplanted every year, and older plants every two to three years. It is good to transplant them into wider pots. The soil mixture should also be replaced with a new and well-nourished one.