Breynia disticha grow and care – shrub of the genus Breynia also known as Snow bush plant or Breynia nivosa, Breynia disticha perennial evergreen plant, grow as ornamental plant for the colored leaves and as hedge plant, can grow in tropic, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ and with the right overwinter care can grow in hardiness zone 10a.
How to grow: Frost free (above 5C), moist, mulch (when the plant young)
How to care
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but in order to get specific colors should start from cutting
Difficulties or problems when growing: ?
Planting season: Spring in hardiness zone 10a, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12+
How to plant: Dig a hole as deep as the current root ball plus extra 50-90%, put in the hole organic matter, hummus and dried leaves and mix it with some soil, put the plant and loos little bit the root ball above the hole, plant and cover it and don’t push too much strong or lightly, after planting cover with mulch to keep moist on soil, put water, for the next two weeks put every day (better in the morning)
Pests and diseases: Aphids, mealy-bugs
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: Dead leaves and for design
Size of the plant? 0.5-2 m, 2-7 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun colors stronger and showy / Half Shade grow well but without enough sun the color of the leaf will be green
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growingis also possible in a pot / planter / flowerpot / containers: Yes, size of the container 5-15 liter (1.7-4 gallon) possible bigger and also possible to grow it also in small as bonsai, better start with container that bigger than the plant at least 70-90%, need to switch the container to bigger when root ball over grow the container, better to switch in the winter, when the plant arrive to the desirable size of container need to switch the soil once in a few years by new soil when switch to new soil cut roots and prune the plant, need average amount of water with good drainage, soil can be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, better to use bottom for the pot.
Bloom season? Spring / Summer
General information about the flower: Green flowers small and hidden between the leaves
Scientific name: Breynia disticha
Alternative names: Breynia nivosa, Hawaiian snowbush, Snow bush plant, Breynia plant, Dwarf snowbush, Breynia snow bush