Luculia : Greenhouse Plants
C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F) / W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)
Luculia gratissima from the Himalayas becomes quite a large shrub bearing heads of pale pink beautifully scented flowers during autumn and winter. They can be grown in pots but will make better plants if planted out. The important thing is to give them lots of water and food during summer when they are building up to flower. When the flowers have faded it is good policy to prune plants back hard otherwise they become too tall, straggly and in need of support. After pruning they should be kept very much on the dry side until spring and good growing conditions return. Cuttings rooted with bottom heat in summer are usually successful. It is worth sowing seed, but be prepared for up to three years of growing plants on before flowering size is reached; the wait is worthwhile. There is a summer flowering species; L. grandiflora from Bhutan which has very long leaves and large fragrant tubular white flowers. As, of course, with many other plants, they will benefit greatly from being well fed and watered during summer.