Botanical Name: Juncus effusus 'Spiralis'
Corkscrew rush (sometimes called Juncus spiralis) is a novelty cultivar with captivating coiled stems, spreading out in every direction as they grow.
If you like unusual indoor plants, you'll want to add this spectacular ornamental to your collection. Stunning on its own, corkscrew rush also adds some sizzle among a display of leafy and flowering plants. In fact, those curly-Q stems are sometimes used in florists' bouquets.
Perennial and evergreen, this is an easy-care house plant.
Constantly wet soil is needed to keep Juncus effusus 'Spiralis' healthy and thriving.
Water generously. Don't allow the soil to dry out. Foliage will turn yellow then brown if it gets too dry. It's a good idea to keep your corkscrew rush plant in a pot without a drainage hole. Juncus is native to marsh areas, so it loves soggy soil -- even standing water.
Shed some light. Put your Juncus plant in your sunniest window -- or shift it outdoors for the spring and summer. It will tolerate lower light levels, but won't grow much. If you don't have a spot near a window, grow lights work beautifully.
Repot in spring, moving up to a container 1 size larger when it becomes crowded. Juncus is fast-growing when it gets the sunlight and water it wants. You may need to divide it every spring.
Origin: 'Spiralis' is a cultivar of Juncus effusus, native to Japan.
Height: 2-3 ft (60-90 cm)
Light: Give it as much full sun as you can. It will tolerate some low light.
Water: Keep the soil wet at all times -- standing water is ideal. Native to marshlands, this is one plant you can't overwater.
Humidity: Moderate room humidity
Temperature: Average to warm room temperatures (65-80°F/18-27°C) year-round. If you put this tender ornamental out on the patio for the summer, bring it back in when the temperature drops. It won't tolerate frost.
Soil: Peat moss-based potting mix
Fertilizer: Feed monthly spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Divide the fleshy roots in spring and pot separately.
Corkscrew rush plants are inexpensive, but may be hard to find in garden centers unless you live in a warm climate.
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