PAINTED NETTLE GROWING GUIDANCE
What To Expect (Day 1) :
Rainbow Painted Nettle is a fast-growing decorative plant with colorful, fuzzy foliage and unique variegated patterns that are typically found in outdoor garden beds but will brighten up any room when grown in your SmallGarden indoors.
Painted nettle is relatively low-maintenance and will continue to produce new leaves if pruned properly, so sit back and wait for the hues of pinks, purples, and greens to grow in!
Touchpoint 1 (Day 20) :
Your painted nettle should now be approximately 4-6 inches tall. To promote healthy growth in your plant, ‘top off’ the plant by snipping off the tops of each plant directly above a leaf node (where a set of leaves grow from the stem). This will encourage your painted nettle to grow larger and fuller - if you cut one stem, it will reproduce and form two stems below your cut. This is extremely important if you plan to keep your painted nettle around for continual growth.
Always make sure to evenly take from each plant and periodically prune your plant to promote growth. You should also perform basic maintenance by removing leaves that are yellow in hue, browning, shrunken, or dried up.
Harvest (Day 50) :
Your painted nettle has now reached maturity. You can continue to prune it and allow it to regrow for as long as desired. Once your plant begins to become more leggy, it means that your painted nettle is nearing the end of its lifecycle and you should completely harvest soon. Another sign that indicates that your painted nettle is nearing its end is when it starts to flower. In 'harvesting' you can either completely compost your plants, you can transplant your SeedPods outside, or you can take a few cuttings of your plant to regrow in water inside.
To take cuttings from your painted nettle, start by following the main stem of your plant down to the base where it meets the SeedPod surface. Make a straight cut across at the base. Once you've collected all of the cuttings that you wish to propagate, remove the leaves from the bottom 3-4 inches of the cuttings. Next, place your cuttings in a glass of water and you will see root growth in several weeks. You can continue to grow your painted nettle in a glass of water, gift it in a vase, or repot them!