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Brazilian red-cloak
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys
Also known as : Brazilian plume
A brazilian red-cloak is a South American fast-growing shrub very popular in many countries as the entire appearance of the plant delivers a tropical feeling. The genus Megaskepasma means "large covering," referring to its red bracts, while the specific epithet erythrochlamys means "cloaked in red," referring to the small white flowers surrounded by the bracts.
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What is the best way to water my Brazilian red-cloak?
Your Brazilian red-cloak will not be too picky about how you choose to water it. As such, you can use just about any common watering tool to moisten this plant’s soil. Watering cans, hoses, and even cups will work just fine when it is time to water your Brazilian red-cloak. Regardless of which watering tool you use, you should typically apply the water directly to the soil. In doing so, you should ensure that you moisten all soil areas equally to give all parts of the root system the water it needs. It can help to use filtered water, as tap water can contain particles that are harmful to plants. It is also beneficial to use water that is at or slightly above room temperature, as colder or hotter water can be somewhat shocking to the Brazilian red-cloak. However, the Brazilian red-cloak usually responds well to any kind of water you give it.
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What should I do if I water my Brazilian red-cloak too much or too little?
For outdoor plants, especially newly planted plants or plant seedlings, they can be prone to lack of watering. Remember that you need to keep watering enough for a few months when the tree is small or just planted. This is because once the roots are established, Brazilian red-cloak can rely on rain most of the time.
When your Brazilian red-cloak is planted in pots, overwatering is often more likely to.When you accidentally overwater your Brazilian red-cloak, you should be prepared to remedy the situation immediately. First, you should stop watering your plant right away to minimize the effect of your overwatering. After, you should consider removing your Brazilian red-cloak from its pot to inspect its roots. If you find that none of the roots have developed root rot, it may be permissible to return your plant to its container. If you do discover signs of root rot, then you should trim away any roots that have been affected. You may also want to apply a fungicide to prevent further damage. Lastly, you should repot your Brazilian red-cloak in soil that is well-draining. In the case of an underwatered Brazilian red-cloak, simply water this plant more frequently.
Underwatering is often an easy fix. If you underwater, the plant's leaves will tend to droop and dry out and fall off, and the leaves will quickly return to fullness after sufficient watering. Please correct your watering frequency as soon as underwatering occurs.
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How often should I water my Brazilian red-cloak?
Most plants that grow naturally outdoors can be allowed to grow normally with rainfall. If your area lacks rainfall, consider giving your plants adequate watering every 2 weeks during the spring and fall. More frequent watering is needed in summer. In winter, when growth becomes slower and plants need less water, water more sparingly. Throughout the winter, you may not give it additional watering at all. If your Brazilian red-cloak is young or newly planted, then you should water more frequently to help it establish, and mature and grow up to have more adaptable and drought tolerant plants.
For potted plants, there are two main ways that you can determine how often to water your Brazilian red-cloak. The first way is to set a predetermined watering schedule. If you choose this route, you should plan to water this plant about once every week or once every other week. However, this approach may not always work as it does not consider the unique conditions of the growing environment for your Brazilian red-cloak .
Your watering frequency can also change depending on the season. For instance, a predetermined watering schedule will likely not suffice during summer when this plant's water needs are highest. An alternative route is to set your watering frequency based on soil moisture. Typically, it is best to wait until the first two to four inches of soil, usually ⅓ to ½ depth of the pots, have dried out entirely before you give more water.
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How much water does my Brazilian red-cloak need?
When it comes time to water your Brazilian red-cloak, you may be surprised to find that this plant does not always need a high volume of water. Instead, if only a few inches of soil have dried since your last watering, you can support healthy growth in the Brazilian red-cloak by giving it about five to ten ounces of water every time you water. You can also decide your water volume based on soil moisture. As mentioned above, you should note how many inches of soil have dried out between waterings. A surefire way to make sure your Brazilian red-cloak gets the moisture it needs is to supply enough water to moisten all the soil layers that became dry since the last time you watered. If more than half of the soil has become dry, you should consider giving more water than usual. In those cases, continue adding water until you see excess water draining from your pot’s drainage holes.
If your Brazilian red-cloak is planted in an area that gets plenty of rain outdoors, it may not need additional watering. When the Brazilian red-cloak is young or just getting established, make sure it gets 1-2 inches of rain per week. As it continues to grow and establish, it can survive entirely on rainwater and only when the weather is hot and there is no rainfall at all for 2-3 weeks, then consider giving your Brazilian red-cloak a full watering to prevent them from suffering stress.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Brazilian red-cloak enough?
Overwatering is a far more common problem for the Brazilian red-cloak, and there are several signs you should look for when this occurs. Generally, an overwatered Brazilian red-cloak will have yellowing leaves and may even drop some leaves. Also, overwatering can cause the overall structure of your plant to shrivel and may also promote root rot. On the other hand, an underwatered Brazilian red-cloak will also begin to wilt. It may also display leaves that are brown or brittle to the touch. Whether you see signs of overwatering or underwatering, you should be prepared to intervene and restore the health of your Brazilian red-cloak.
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How can I water my Brazilian red-cloak at different growth stages?
When the Brazilian red-cloak is very young, such as when it is in a seedling stage, you will need to give it more water than you would if it were at a mature age. During the early stages of this plant’s life, it is important to keep the soil consistently moist to encourage root development. The same is true for any Brazilian red-cloak that you have transplanted to a new growing location. Also, the Brazilian red-cloak can develop showy flowers and fruits when you give them the correct care. If your Brazilian red-cloak is in a flowering or fruiting phase, you will likely need to give a bit more water than you usually would to support these plant structures.
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How can I water my Brazilian red-cloak through the seasons?
The seasonal changes will affect how often you water your Brazilian red-cloak. Mainly, during the hottest summer months, you will likely need to increase how much you water this plant, especially if it grows in an area that receives ample sunlight. Strong summer sunlight can cause soil to dry out much faster than usual, meaning that you’ll need to water more frequently. By contrast, your Brazilian red-cloak will need much less water during the winter, as it will not be in an active growing phase. During winter, you can get by with watering once every 2 to 3 weeks or sometimes not at all. For those growing this plant indoors, you should be somewhat wary of appliances such as air conditioners, which can cause your plant to dry out more quickly, which also calls for more frequent watering.
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What's the difference between watering my Brazilian red-cloak indoors vs outdoors?
In some cases, your Brazilian red-cloak may not need any supplemental watering when it grows outside and will survive on rainwater alone. However, if you live in an area of little to no rain, you should water this plant about every two weeks. If you belong to the group of people who live out of this plant's natural hardiness zone, you should grow it indoors. In an indoor setting, you should monitor your plant's soil as it can dry out more quickly when it is in a container or when it is exposed to HVAC units such as air conditioners. Those drying factors will lead you to water this plant a bit more often than if you grew it outdoors.
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Attributes of Brazilian red-cloak

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Perennial
Plant Type
Shrub
Bloom Time
All year around
Plant Height
3 m
Spread
1.8 m to 2.5 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Red
White
Stem Color
Green
Red
White
Leaf type
Evergreen

Name story

Brazilian red-cloak
As with many garden plants, the brazilian red-cloak's name is easy to interpret. When it flowers, the plant forms clusters of crimson bracts. These bright bracts droop downward and collectively give the end of the branch the appearance of a cape or cloak. Incidentally, they also tend to "cloak" the smaller white flowers from casual view.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

At first glance, the brazilian red-cloak appears to have large clusters of red or maroon flowers. In actuality, the "petals" are colorful bracts, or a kind of specialized leaves. The actual flowers are white and hide within the more vibrant bracts.

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The brazilian red-cloak thrives under an intense light source, similar to its native habitat which is bathed in strong rays most of the year. Though it can manage in moderate sunlit areas, prolonged exposure to insufficient light can stunt growth. Conversely, too much light may scorch the leaves, inhibiting optimal development.
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5 45 ℃
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4-6 feet
The perfect time for transplanting brazilian red-cloak is during late spring to early summer or 'S4-S6'. The slightly warm weather helps strengthen the root system. As for location, brazilian red-cloak prefers partial shade to full sunlight. A friendly tip for such plants is ensuring good soil drainage during the transplant.
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South
The brazilian red-cloak emanates a deep energy, aligning exquisitely with the southern direction. Its magnificent, fiery red cloak mirrors the symbolic intensity often attributed to South, the realm of fame and recognition. This plant might stimulate a harmonious flow of Chi, stimulating vitality and prosperity. Remember, the harmony of Feng Shui varies for every individual and setting.
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Also known as: Brazilian plume
A brazilian red-cloak is a South American fast-growing shrub very popular in many countries as the entire appearance of the plant delivers a tropical feeling. The genus Megaskepasma means "large covering," referring to its red bracts, while the specific epithet erythrochlamys means "cloaked in red," referring to the small white flowers surrounded by the bracts.
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Plant Height
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1.8 m to 2.5 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
2.5 cm
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Name story

Brazilian red-cloak
As with many garden plants, the brazilian red-cloak's name is easy to interpret. When it flowers, the plant forms clusters of crimson bracts. These bright bracts droop downward and collectively give the end of the branch the appearance of a cape or cloak. Incidentally, they also tend to "cloak" the smaller white flowers from casual view.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

At first glance, the brazilian red-cloak appears to have large clusters of red or maroon flowers. In actuality, the "petals" are colorful bracts, or a kind of specialized leaves. The actual flowers are white and hide within the more vibrant bracts.

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About 3-6 hours sunlight
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The brazilian red-cloak thrives under an intense light source, similar to its native habitat which is bathed in strong rays most of the year. Though it can manage in moderate sunlit areas, prolonged exposure to insufficient light can stunt growth. Conversely, too much light may scorch the leaves, inhibiting optimal development.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Brazilian red-cloak thrives in full sunlight but is sensitive to heat. As a plant commonly grown outdoors with abundant sunlight, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency when placed in rooms with suboptimal lighting.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your Brazilian red-cloak may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Brazilian red-cloak enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Brazilian red-cloak thrives in full sun exposure but is sensitive to heat. Although sunburn symptoms occasionally occur, they are unable to withstand intense sunlight in high-temperature environments.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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How to Successfully Transplant Brazilian Red-cloak?
The perfect time for transplanting brazilian red-cloak is during late spring to early summer or 'S4-S6'. The slightly warm weather helps strengthen the root system. As for location, brazilian red-cloak prefers partial shade to full sunlight. A friendly tip for such plants is ensuring good soil drainage during the transplant.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Brazilian Red-cloak?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Brazilian Red-cloak?
The ideal time to transplant brazilian red-cloak is during the transitional phase between spring and summer. During this period, the weather is typically mild, which offers an optimal growth environment for this hardy perennial. Transplanting brazilian red-cloak in this season ensures it can establish its roots firmly before the heat of the summer sets in. In doing so, you not only provide the plant with a buffer period to adjust to its new location but also facilitate healthier and more vigorous growth. Transplanting this plant during this period is undeniably beneficial and rewarding.
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Brazilian Red-cloak Plants?
When transplanting your brazilian red-cloak, make sure to space them properly. Ideally, each plant should have about 4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters) of space in every direction. This will give your plants plenty of room to grow!
What is the Best Soil Mix for Brazilian Red-cloak Transplanting?
Let's prepare the soil for your brazilian red-cloak! These plants love fertile, well-drained soil. Mix in compost or organic matter with your soil before transplanting. A base fertilizer high in phosphorus will also support root growth.
Where Should You Relocate Your Brazilian Red-cloak?
For the best growth of your brazilian red-cloak, choose a location that gets full to partial sun. They can tolerate some shade, but too much might hinder their growth. Morning sunlight with afternoon shade would be perfect.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Brazilian Red-cloak?
Gardening Gloves
Your hands might get dirty while dealing with the soil, and gloves help keep them clean and protected.
Shovel or Garden Spade
Required for digging hole in the ground and removing the soil around the brazilian red-cloak's root ball.
Watering Can
To water the brazilian red-cloak plant before and after transplantation.
Gardening Trowel
Handy for smoothing the soil in and around the transplantation site.
Wheelbarrow or Plastic Container
For safely transporting the brazilian red-cloak from its original location to the new site.
How Do You Remove Brazilian Red-cloak from the Soil?
From Ground: Firstly, water the brazilian red-cloak plant to dampen the soil. This would make it easier to dig the soil around the plant. Then, using a shovel or garden spade, dig a wide trench around the plant ensuring the plant's root ball remains intact. Carefully work the spade under the root ball to easily lift the plant from its original location.
From Pot: Start by adding some water to the pot to ensure that the soil in and around the brazilian red-cloak plant is not too dry. Turn the pot sideways with your hand on top of the soil, the stem threading through your fingers. The plant should slip out when you tap the bottom of the pot. Be careful not to damage the root ball in the process.
From Seedling Tray: Water the tray lightly to keep the soil and young plants moist. Using a gardening trowel, gently scoop out the brazilian red-cloak seedling without damaging the roots. Hold the brazilian red-cloak seedling by its leaves to minimise the risk of root damage.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Brazilian Red-cloak
Step1 Removing the brazilian red-cloak Plant
Follow the process described above to safely remove the plant from its original location.
Step2 Prepare the New Site
The hole should be deep and wide enough to comfortably fit the brazilian red-cloak's root ball. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground surface.
Step3 Placing the brazilian red-cloak Plant
Place the plant inside the hole carefully. Make sure the plant stands straight and its roots are spread evenly inside the hole.
Step4 Fill in Soil
Gradually fill in the hole with soil. Press down gently so the plant is stable and upright.
Step5 Watering
Water the brazilian red-cloak plant generously but make sure the water isn't pooling on the surface, which could mean you've watered too much.
How Do You Care For Brazilian Red-cloak After Transplanting?
Watering
Proper watering is critical after transplantation. The soil around the brazilian red-cloak should be kept consistently moist (but not soggy) for a few weeks post transplantation. Over watering could suffocate the roots.
Pruning
It is advised to prune the brazilian red-cloak after transplanting, not before. This will help the plant to focus its energy towards developing its roots.
Monitoring
Keep an eye on your brazilian red-cloak plant for any signs of distress such as wilting, yellowing of leaves or slowed growth. These could indicate that the plant is struggling to adapt to its new location and additional care may be needed.
Patience
Remember that transplanting can be a shock for the brazilian red-cloak plant. It may take a few weeks for the plant to return to its normal growth patterns.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Brazilian Red-cloak Transplantation.
What is the ideal time of the year to transplant brazilian red-cloak?
The best period to transplant brazilian red-cloak is during late summer to early autumn (S4-S6). This gives the plant ample time to establish roots before winter.
How far apart should brazilian red-cloak plants be transplanted?
Ensure to transplant brazilian red-cloak about 4 to 6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters) apart. This proper spacing allows each plant room to grow and flourish.
What potting mix is optimal for brazilian red-cloak while transplanting?
Brazilian red-cloak thrives in a well-draining potting mix. A mixture of garden soil, coarse sand, and compost is ideal. Keep it nutrient-rich and slightly acidic.
At what depth should I plant brazilian red-cloak while transplanting?
Ensure the transplant hole is only as deep as the root ball of brazilian red-cloak. Setting the plant at the correct height helps it establish more efficiently.
Is watering immediately after transplanting brazilian red-cloak necessary?
Yes, it's crucial! Water brazilian red-cloak thoroughly right after transplanting to settle the soil around the roots and help the plant begin to establish in its new location.
After transplanting, how do I continue caring for brazilian red-cloak?
Water brazilian red-cloak well, especially during the first few weeks. After that, maintain a regular watering schedule, and don't forget to feed it with a balanced fertilizer.
What if brazilian red-cloak appears wilted after transplanting?
Don't panic! Temporary wilting after transplanting is not uncommon. Continue routine care. If wilting persists, check for issues with watering, light, or soil condition.
What should I do if I see yellowing leaves on my transplanted brazilian red-cloak?
Yellow leaves may indicate overwatering. Adjust your watering practices. If the condition persists, check for pests or diseases and treat them accordingly.
Why is my transplanted brazilian red-cloak not growing as expected?
Factors like inadequate light, poor soil condition or improper watering can hinder growth. Adjust these conditions and give brazilian red-cloak some time, it should bounce back!
Is there a need to prune brazilian red-cloak after transplanting?
It's beneficial but not mandatory. Pruning helps brazilian red-cloak focus more on root development over foliage production. Just ensure not to prune more than one-third of the plant.
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