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Calceolaria Genus

Slipperwort

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Calceolaria genus (Slipperwort). These are annuals, biennials and evergreen perennials, sub-shrubs and scandent climbers.

Characteristics

Annuals, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Origin

South America

Interest and use

Window boxes, bedding plants.

Cultivation

They are hardy to frost tender, with a min of 5-7C. Most will prefer a sunny position but some will prefer a shady cool site, with moist but well drained soil. Try to incorporate a sharp sandy compost. They will dislike wet conditions in the winter.

Propagation

Propagation is by softwood cuttings in late spring or summer, or by seed in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly, leafhoppers, grey mould and red spider mite's.

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