The Nertera granadensis likes to position in half shade but bright, far from direct sunlight, to avoid leaf burns and excessive aridity of the soil.
These plants are good for cultivation in mild areas, as they do not like temperatures below 7 degrees in the winter season, whilst in the spring season the ideal temperature should be around 18 °C. For this reason, they are cultivated as apartment plants; during the spring period, however, they can be placed outdoors, choosing a bright place, but not exposed to direct sunlight.
It is good to keep the soil moist at all times, without exceeding it; it is advisable to add water to the saucer from spring until autumn, decreasing the amount of water in winter; never water the leaves, which in contact with the water rot easily. Avoid water stagnation, which can lead to the rotting of the roots and consequently of the entire plant.
Add fertilizer for green plants every 15-20 days in the growing season.
The Nertera granadensis prefers sandy, well drained, very light soils; the root system is not very deep, therefore it can be cultivated also in pots with little soil or low; it is advisable to place it in very high containers if you want to develop its hanging aspect. It is a plant that has a rapid growth, for this reason it is to be expected an annual repotting in the spring period.
It is possible to sow the small berries of Nertera granadensis, after having left them to dry, in spring, in a mixture of soil and sand in equal parts. In autumn, on the contrary, we can proceed to the division of the plant, paying attention to leave sufficient roots for each head taken, burying directly in the pot each piece of plant, with rapidity we will develop new small leaves which will cover the soil of the whole pot.
When the operation is carried out, it is good to keep the pot in a sheltered place, in order to allow a rapid rooting.
Nertera granadensis: Pests and diseases
Sometimes this variety of plant is affected by aphids, which slow down its growth and affect its appearance, if kept outside remember that snails are fond of its tender leaves. Excessive water supplies cause radical rottenness and very rapid decay of the plant, in these cases it is better to proceed to the division and burying of the parts not affected by the rottenness.
If the leaves turn dark the problem can be excessive sun exposure that has caused a sunburn of the leaves.