Persian Shield Plant Care

How to Care for Persian Shield Plant

A Persian Shield Plant

Persian Shield plants are native to Myanmar (formerly Burma) this garden beauty attracts butterflies and bees, Persian Shield is an evergreen sub-shrub in the acanthus family (Acanthaceae) and is known to have been cultivated from the Victorian times for its beautiful Foliage (leaves).  its natural habitat is the edges of tropical forest clearing.

Persian Shield Planting Location

Persian Shield planting location should be the full sun in more northern areas, in the southern states however this evergreen shrub benefits usually from partial shade.

Persian Shield Soil Type

Persian Sheild beauty grows best in a natural range of soil pH but can thrive in slightly acidic soil. The soil pH should be kept between 5.5 and 7.5.

Persian Shield Watering Methods

Ensure that the soil is moist at all times, the Persian Shield should be watered thoroughly and evenly twice a week. During hotter months may require frequent watering, before watering however check the first t0p 6 inches of soil. Do not overwater which can lead to root rot and the decline of your Persian Shield Plant.

Persian Shield Fertilizing Methods

Persian Shield plants that are grown in moist soil that are rich, only need to be fertilized lightly once the season begins and then again midway through summer.

Persian Shield Insect Pests

The main culprit to keep an eye out for are mealybugs, spider mites and aphids, fungus gnats, and whiteflies. Neem oil, insecticidal soap, or horticultural oil will bring control before applying insecticides read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for the best results.

Persian Shield Diseases

The Persian Shield is not usually susceptible to fungus disease or other issues with their leaves except spotting and water stress. Water stress because of a lack of water can encourage insect pests so ensure that your Persian Shield is getting the right amount of water.

Plant Toxicity 

Not known to cause poisoning if consumed by pets and humans, however, if a large amount is eaten can cause nausea, vomiting, and a loss of appetite.

The final word on Persian Shield Plant care

The Persian Shield plant makes a great outdoor and indoor plant that is easy to care for, join the many who are growing this plant in their home garden. This evergreen brings amazing beautiful colors to your landscape with its foliage. This growth guide will ensure that you have good success.


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