It’s only some few plants that actually match the incredible fragrance of heliotrope plant, the plant has showy purple or white mops of flowers. The heliotrope plants are commonly grown outdoors, although they can still be grown indoors. You can actually overwinter your heliotrope plant that you’ve had growing outdoors, or you can take cuttings to overwinter and plant back in your garden the following year. Let us look at some of the conditions you need for growing heliotrope plant inside. 


How Do You Care for a Heliotrope Indoors?

You need to give your heliotrope houseplants as much sun as you can indoors. In cooler climates make sure you give your heliotrope plant the sunniest window possible. If you actually live in a hotter climate, you may want to protect your heliotrope plant indoors from the hot mid-day sun.  

If your light is not enough, your heliotrope plant will become leggy. If this happens you can easily prune it back and then give it more light, and you can even use a grow light if you do not have sufficiently sunny windows. Make sure you keep your heliotrope houseplants evenly moist. Don’t allow your heliotrope plants to dry out completely, nor should you keep the plant too wet. To achieve this indoors you can mix in a generous amount of perlite into your potting mix. This will help attain a moist potting mix, while increasing drainage, and without keeping your heliotrope plant wet. You can keep your heliotrope plant indoors year-round, but your heliotrope plant will definitely benefit from being outdoors during warmer months. You can either bring your potted heliotrope plant indoors before it gets too cold, or you can take cuttings.  


Heliotrope Plant Propagation

You can easily take the cuttings of your heliotrope plant in late summer if you don’t want to dig up your plants or move any large plants indoors. Simply cut a piece of the stem that is about four or five inches long, make sure you cut the stem right under where the leaf is present. You need to remove the leaves from the bottom part of the cutting, dip the end in rooting hormone, and then insert it into a container of soil to which you’ve added some perlite. Be sure to keep your cuttings moist and also increase humidity if you can.  Keep your heliotrope plant in a bright place, but out of any direct sun until it is rooted. Once your heliotrope plant is rooted, you can increase the plant exposure to sunshine. Try and also keep your rooted heliotrope plants in a sunny, but cooler location in the winter.  If you can provide cooler nights for your heliotrope plant indoors, with temperatures in the fifty to fifty-five degree Fahrenheit, this would be ideal.   


 Pinching and Feeding Your Plant

If you actually want bushier heliotrope plants, you can easily pinch off the growing tips of your plant stems. This is preferably done in the spring after the first growth of your plant occurs, but before your heliotrope plant sets flower buds. The Heliotropes plants are heavy feeders, make sure you feed the plant regularly throughout the growing season. Make sure you avoid high nitrogen fertilizers as these can easily cause too much foliage and fewer flowers. A well balanced fertilizer (for example, 10-10-10) will really work very well. To actually keep your heliotrope houseplants in fine shape, you can always remove spent flowers and any dead leaves. This will not only keep the heliotrope plant more vigorous, but will also helps to prevent pests and diseases. 

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