Peristrophe: Greenhouse Plants

W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)

Family: Acanthaceae

Peristrophe angustifolia from Java is a trailing plant which is good for baskets. Usually P. a.’Aurea Variegata’ is grown which has a pale yellow mark down the middle of the leaf. The bright pink flowers are freely produced. Like many others in the same family they require a lot of work to keep them looking good and fresh; as they grow quickly they can become very tatty if not constantly cut back and eventually replaced by new material raised from the very easy-to-root cuttings. P. speciosa is a bright reliable plant for winter flowering colour in a warm house. It adds to the Christmas atmosphere created by Poinsettias and Cyclamen. Bright pinky-purple flowers nearly 5 cm (2 in) long appear on bushy plants 90 cm (3 ft) high. After flowering the plants should be pruned hard back and rested slightly before being encouraged to grow in spring. Cuttings should be taken in April and grown on well, pinching out the growing points two or three times up until July to produce good sized plants for next year’s flowers.

25. July 2013 by admin
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