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Insulin variegated - Santhi Online Plants Nursery

Insulin variegated

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It grows best in shaded or semi-shaded areas, A sunny windowsill will be an ideal position for these plants.

It grows well in well-drained soil with a pH in the range of 6.5 – 7.5, tolerating 5.5 – 8. Add coconut coir and Pine bark to make the soil more drainage friendly.

Water Insulin plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy.  Allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter months, reduce watering.

Use an all purpose fertilizer. Do not fertilize Insulin plant during the Winter

It will flower more prolifically in a sunny spot but in such a position the leaves tend to become rather yellow and they wilt in hot weather

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The insulin plant (Chamaecostus cuspidatus) is a perennial, herbaceous plant in the Costaceae family. It is an upright, spreading plant growing up to a height of 2 to 5 feet, with the tallest stems falling and lying on the ground. The leaves are simple, alternate, entire, oblong, 4-8 inches long with parallel venation, spirally arranged around the stems. Large, fleshy, smooth, and dark green leaves have a light purple underside. The blooms are orange in color and are 1.5 inches in diameter.

They bloom during the time of May to June (warm months) and they appear to be cone-like heads at the tips of branches. The leaf of the plant helps in producing insulin and it controls the blood sugar levels in your body.

In Ayurvedic medicine, it is utilized for diabetes, leaves chewed twice daily, or dried powder of leaves taken 1/2 to 1 gram twice every day.

Fiery costus thrives well in full sun to partial shade. Keep your plant for three to four hours of sunlight every day.

Water regularly, during the growing season. Keep the soil always moist but not soggy. Reduce watering during the winter season.

No serious pest or disease problems. Look for mealybugs and aphids. Mites and nematodes can be an issue, particularly on light, sandy soil.

In conclusion, Insulin plant (Chamaecostus cuspidatus) leaves are rich in protein, iron, ad antioxidant components such as ascorbic acid, a-tocopherol, ß-carotene, terpenoids, steroids, and flavonoids.


3 reviews for Insulin variegated

  1. Nivitha

    Easy processing

  2. M.J.P

    Healthy and well-rooted!

  3. sam

    Thank you for your email, your plants arrived safely and looked great. The email from you was a lovely touch!

    I hope you are having a good weekend and thank you again.

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