Crossandra : Greenhouse Plants

T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)

Family: Acanthaceae

Crossandra infundibuliformis from semi tropical rain forest in Malaysia and India is the only species normally grown and is well worth acquiring or raising from seed, which can give you a flowering plant in as little as eight months. In the right temperatures flowers are produced almost continuously and the foliage itself is an attractive shiny green. The flowers are orange-red and emerge from the bracts in such a way as to look curiously like half flowers. A very attractive variety, C. I. ‘Mona Walhed’, has salmon-pink flowers and will remain at 30 cm (1 ft) as opposed to growing up to the 60 cm (2 ft) of the species. Seed needs a high temperature of 24-26°C (75-80°F) in March to germinate well. The pest to watch out for is whitefly. Plants will respond to being cut back when they become leggy; resulting growth will either make good cuttings or can be grown on to make a new plant.

12. July 2013 by admin
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