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Thunder of Venus: care

Thunder of Venus: care

The thunder of Venus, scientific name Cuphea hyssopifolia and also commonly called cufea or Mexican false heather, falsa heather or false Erica, is a shrubby plant highly appreciated for its simple care, its small but pretty flowers and even its medicinal properties. In fact, even the thunder of Venus bonsai is cultivated.

If you want to learn more about this small and grateful plant to beautify your garden, join us in this EcologíaVerde article on the venus thunder plant care.

Characteristics of the Venus thunder plant

The cufea it’s a small bush, which normally does not exceed 60 cm in height and a width of about 1 m. Its stems, with small leaves between 1 and 2 cm, have a great branching capacity, giving rise to a plant with a high density of foliage. The small flowers are of colors between pink, lavender and white.

It is a very easy to grow plant. Undemanding and very suitable for beginners or amateurs without much time. However, if you want to keep your Venus Thunder in the best possible condition, it is best to know in detail what its needs are.

Location and light for the thunder of Venus

Is it better to put Venus thunder in the sun or in the shade? This plant grows best outdoors, but it does not tolerate high-intensity direct light well. Therefore, the ideal is to place it where receive sun only for a few hours in the morning, sheltered from the most intense hours of midday and afternoon. However, if you live in an area with a mild climate and little intense sun, you can place it in full sun without problems.

You can also place it in a well-lit area, with filtered or indirect light. If you see that its leaves, normally bright green, begin to turn yellow or white, it means that your cufea is receiving too much light.

Venus Thunder: Care - Location and Light for Venus Thunder

Weather for venus thunder

The cufea needs hot climatessupporting without problems temperatures above 20 ºC as long as your lighting conditions are right. What the plant will not tolerate are frosts or very low temperatures: below 5 ºC your Venus thunder will run a severe risk of its aerial part dying, although it may resprout when temperatures rise again.

Irrigation for the cufea

Requires one good amount of moisture, especially in hot climates. If you have your plants in pots, during the spring and summer months, apply frequent watering approximately every two days, reducing it to every 3 or 4 in the cold months. Outdoors, apply a deeper watering once a week, or twice in very hot seasons, waiting for the soil to dry out slightly before watering again.

make a copious watering that it soaks deep, but always avoiding that the soil becomes puddled, which could cause numerous diseases or rotting of the plant.

Here we tell you more about When to water the plants.

Thunder of Venus: care - Irrigation for the cufea

Earth or substrate for the thunder of Venus

Outdoors, try to find an area where the soil offers the best possible drainage, or make a hole about 50 x 50 cm and prepare a suitable substrate yourself. In either case, you can enrich the soil with some compost or earthworm humus, which will improve drainage and provide the plant with a large amount of nutrients. If drainage is still poor, incorporate river sand or gravel into the soil and mix well.

In a pot, the universal mixture of peat, earthworm humus and coconut fiber in equal parts will be more than effective with this plant, providing it with a light substrate that is very rich in nutrients. You can add vermiculite and perlite to make it even better.

Venus thunder: care - Earth or substrate for Venus thunder

Fertilizer and pruning for the thunder of Venus

The fertilizer will only need to be applied during the warm monthsin which it will suffice to renew the contribution of organic matter in the form of a surface layer of earthworm humus or compost each 15 days about.

Pruning is not necessaryalthough if the plant grows too large for what we are interested in, we can prune it without problems as long as we use previously sterilized tools.

My Venus thunder is drying up, what do I do?

If you see the stem and dried leaves on venus thunder plantit may be for a too long drought and you have it in a pot, you can try to revive it by submerging the container in water for about 20 minutes and then letting the excess moisture drain.

If this is not the case, it is probably because your cufea is receiving too much sun or needs nutrientsin which case you will have to fertilize it or move it to a more suitable place for it, with less direct sun.

If you see that the plant is very dry, we recommend you read this other article on How to revive a plant, in which we explain what to do depending on the situation, to see if you can save it that way.

Venus Thunder: care - My Venus Thunder is drying up, what do I do?

Medicinal properties of the Venus thunder plant

Between the medicinal properties of venus thunder its ability to calm the symptoms of fever and cough when its flowers are used as a tonic, since it has antipyretic, antitussive and balsamic properties for the respiratory system.

It is often a plant used also for Headacheskidney pain, heavy digestions and even as a healer of minor wounds, since other properties of this plant are analgesic, digestive and healing.

Here you can learn much more about other Mexican medicinal plants and what they are used for.

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