Size: 1.25 ft
Common Name– Champa
This is a sun loving plant and blooms Red flowers. The best part of this plant is that it does not get attacked by insects. Moreover, cattle also do not eat leaves of this plant. We can also grow this plant in balcony with direct sunlight of 04 hours. This plant can grow in diffused sunlight also, but blooming will reduce.
Plant lovers like to grow this plant due to its beautiful deep red, yellow, mix of three colours (red, yellow and white), pink or pure white flowers (as per variety). It can grow faster in full sunlight with less water. Bloom time is for full year (except frost, extreme cold). Blooming is maximum during summer season. This plant can grow upto height of 15 feet or even more like a tree. If we do not prune this regularly, it can become a tree. It’s a long life plant. The plant performs best in big size containers (8 inch or more) or plant them on ground.
This plant is almost maintenance free. Even without fertilisers, this plant will show satisfactory growth. However, use of fertiliser shows faster growth and more blooming. During extreme cold season, its leaves may suffer temporary damage. Even with low level of atmospheric humidity (20% ), this plant continues to grow healthily.
Watering & Sunlight:
We should water it whenever soil has become fully dry. Drainage in pot is necessary by making sufficient holes in bottom. To make the ideal potting mix, 20 % drainage media (river sand/ crushed Leca/ Perlite/ Pumice or rice husk- use any one of them) in potting mix should be available. During extreme cold, give very less water and try to protect from cold.
Use : This plant is widely used in landscaping and terrace gardening.
We should not do re-potting of plants immediately after receiving. Please wait for a week. Let the plants adjust in new atmosphere of your home. Repotting and disturbance to their roots will adversely affect life of plants.
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