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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Osbeckia genus. This genus has about 50 species of evergreen perennials, subshrubs and shrubs, they are grown for their brightly coloured flowers which can be pink-purple or red, they will appear for long periods in the spring and summer. They are frost tender, min 16C and will need full light or partial shade with humus-rich, well drained soil.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs

Origin

Africa & China

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and foliage.

Cultivation

The grow well in tropical and subtropical climates in a sunny position. The soil should be light and well drained. You can propagate from soft-tip cuttings which are taken during the spring and placed in a sand and peat mixture in a humid greenhouse conditions. Cut back flowered stems by at least half in early spring to maintain vigour and to produce large flower trusses.

Propagation

Seed in spring or by greenwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects and red spider mites.

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