Snow Bush (Breynia Disticha) Profile: Plant Facts, Care & Growing Guide

Written by Maggie

Dec 24 2021

Snow Bush (Breynia Disticha) Profile: Plant Facts, Care & Growing Guide
Snow bush (Breynia Nivosa) is a small bushy evergreen shrub. Snow bush plant height is about 50 ~ 120 cm with dark red branches. The colors of the leaves are dappled with white, which makes it appear as if it was snowed upon. Snow bush leaves are white when young, green with white spots when ripe, green when old. Leaves are alternate, rounded or broadly ovate, entirely. Mature plants do produce flowers sometimes. Snow bush flowers are small and inconspicuous hidden in the leaves. The colors range from red, orange, yellow to white. The flowering period is from summer to autumn.
Botanical/Scientific Names Breynia Disticha, Breynia Nivosa
Common Names Snow bush
Native Area Pacific Islands
Plant Type tropical plant, small bushy evergreen shrub
Bloom Time from summer to autumn
Flower Color red, orange, yellow and white
Lighting Requirements Full to partial sun
Soil Care Loose, well-drained Soil
Propagation Usually cutting propagation
Poisonous Based on the information available, it does not appear that the snow bush plant is poisonous to cats.

Snow Bush Plant Picture

Snow bush

Habits of Snow Bush Plant

Snow bush likes high temperatures and has poor cold tolerance. It grows at 18-24°C. snow bushes need full sunshine or half sunshine. If growing in shaded place for a long time is too long, the plant will appear leegy grwoth. Cultivation appropriate with loose fertile, good drainage of sandy soil.

How to Propagate Snow Bush Plant

Snow Bush is usually propagated by cutting or layering, and spring is the most suitable period.

Snow bush propagation is mainly by cutting. The best cutting time is in spring, choose half woody robust branches, cut for about 10cm, with 2-3 buds, 2 leaves, cutting to the well-drainage matrix, about 20 days can take root, cutting survival rate is high. After half a month of cutting rooting, the seedlings of snow bush can be sprayed with foliar fertilizer with low concentration to promote plant growth.

How to Care for Snow Bush Plant

Unless you live somewhere quite warm, you will need to treat this plant as an annual or install it in a container and move it indoors after summer. The snow bush plant can live in full to partial sun, but the best color is achieved in a bright location.
Snow bush

Snow Bush Light Requirements

Snow bush is a kind of plant like the sun, so when maintaining this kind of potted plant, it is best to put a sunny location, giving sufficient light. If not giving enough light, the plant will appear leggy growth and the leaves will be dark. Give snow bush a quarter-turn each week or so to expose all aspects to daylight for even growth, but avoid strong direct light.

Watering Snow Bush

Water snow bush wholly and frequently to keep moist soil. Do not permit the soil to dry out at any time. Remember to usually use tepid water when watering your houseplants.

Snow Bush Humidity Care

Give snow bush the humid air it craves, like its native tropical home. Try to hold a least 50% relative humidity round the plant. Stand the pot on a pebble tray or use a cool-mist room humidifier.

Snow Bush Temperature Care

Snow bush plants like to grow in a warm environment, so when the weather gradually gets cold, it is best to keep the pot indoors for maintenance. The temperature should not be below 16℃, otherwise it will be easy to frostbite. An optimum growth temperature of 65-75°F/18-24°C.

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Soil for Snow Bush

Snow bush plants like to grow in deep fertile soil, so it is recommended to use rotten leaf soil and nutrient-rich pond soil mix,  which not only can meet the conditions of loose and breathable soil, but also pond soil can be used as a kind of base fertilizer! If there is other base fertilizer in the home, it can also be added, but after good soil, it is best to go on the basin after disinfection!

Fertilizer for Snow Bush

Snow bush plants have high requirements for water and fertilizer management. When growing snow bush, we can keep soil moist to make potted plants grow better under the condition of ensuring that the soil is not stagnant. Feed snow bush every two to three weeks in spring and summer season with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half.

Distribution of Snow Bush Plant

Snow Bush (Breynia disticha) is native to Pacific Islands and is widely cultivated in tropical locales. It can be found from southeastern Asia through Malaysia, to Australia, New Caledonia, and New Hebrides

Uses of Snow Bush Plant

Snow Bush can be configured with trees in industrial and mining enterprises, residential areas, courtyards, parks and other places. If make hedgerow, solitary plant, group plant, etc., the effect is excellent. Decorated in the edge of the forest, slope protection, roadside, etc., from afar, like a milky white ribbon, give people a pleasant feeling.

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