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Gardening

Plumbago, cape dentelaria: superb climber


Plumbago is a superb climbing plant, both for its flowers and for its foliage.

Last name : Plumbago capensis
Family : Plumbaginaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 1 to 2 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Semi-persistent
Flowering : May to November

Maintenance, from planting to pruning, are steps that will help you see a beautiful flowering.

Planting plumbago

Plumbago is best planted in spring in a place sunny.

Outside of this period, avoid hot weather to plant your plumbago.

  • A mixture of potting soil and garden soil is necessary
  • Regular watering after planting is necessary
  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.

Plumbago grown in pots:

It is advisable to plant plumbago in a good soil for flowering plants

  • A layer of clay balls at the bottom of the pot improves drainage and therefore the growth of plumbago
  • Regular watering is essential when planting
  • Repotting every 2 years is recommended to maintain good flowering

Maintenance of plumbago

Plumbago size:

No size is really essential.

Trim to the end of winter or to early spring lightly to stimulate flowering and reshape the silhouette.

Watering plumbago :

Plumbago, in addition to watering after planting, needs a lot of water in hot weather, especially if grown in pots

  • Water regularly but not excessively from May to September
  • Reduce watering in winter
  • In spring and summer, regularly add fertilizer for flowering plants

Fertilization of plumbago:

For good growth and abundant flowering, add flower plant or flowering shrub fertilizer every fortnight in spring and summer.

Stop adding fertilizer as soon as your plumbago stops blooming.

Enemy or disease that affects plumbago

Quite resistant to diseases, plumbago nevertheless suffers regular attacks from aphids.

  • Find our sheet dedicated to fight against aphids.

AT know about plumbago

This shrub, native to South Africa, offers a very beautiful bloom for much of the year.
The blue of its flowers is particularly remarkable and appreciated.

You will install it in your garden if the climate allows it because, beware, plumbago fear the frost if the temperatures are permanently below 0 °.

But it adapts particularly well to the pot culture, which will allow you to put them in a cool place sheltered from freezing cold during winter.

Finally, if you want to make one vine, you can trellis by fixing it to the support because it doesn’t hang on by itself.

In our latitudes and cultivated in pots, plumbago will reach 1 to 2 m high against 4 to 5 m in its natural environment.

Smart tip about plumbago

For growing plumbago in pots, repot in the fall every 3 years or so.


Video: Plumbago auriculata - Cape Plumbago (January 2021).