This plant called Achimenes are related to the African violet and they are also known as mother’s tears, hot water plants, cupid’s bow and the more common name of magic flower.

Achimenes is a native Mexican plant species. This plant is an interesting rhizomatous perennial that really produces flowers from summer to fall. This plant care is easy. This plant called Achimenes got his nickname as hot water plants due to the fact that a lot of people think that if they submerge the entire plant pot in hot water, it will really encourage blooming. Achimenes is an interesting plant that grows from small rhizomes that multiply rapidly. Also the foliage is bright to dark green and fuzzy. The flowers are in funnel-shaped and they come in a wide variety of colors including blue, pink, white, scarlet, lavender or purple. There flowers are really similar to pansies or petunias and they hang eloquently down the side of containers, which makes it an excellent choice for a hanging basket.  

Steps on how to grow Achimenes Magic Flowers

A lot of people grow this pretty flower mostly as a summer container plant. This plant require temperatures of at least 50 F. (10 C.) at night and also prefer 60 F. (16 C.). during the day, Achimenes magic flowers really do best in temperatures in the mid 70s (24 C.). Make sure you put the plants in bright, indirect light or artificial light. The plant flowers will fade in the fall and the plant will go into dormancy and produce tubers. Some of these tubers will grow under the soil and at the nodes on the stems. Immediately all the leaves have fallen off the plant, you can then gather the tubers to be planted next year. Make sure you place the tubers in pots or bags of soil or vermiculite and then store them in temperatures between 50 and 70 F. (10-21 C.). In spring, you can plant the tubers ½-inch to 1-inch deep. The plants will sprout by early summer and they will form flowers shortly after this. You can use African violet potting mix for best results.

How to care for Achimenes magic flowers

Like I said earlier, this plants are easy keepers as long as the soil is kept evenly moist, humidity is high, and the plant is also given a weekly fertilizer feeding during their growing season. You can pinch the flower back to keep its shape.

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