Strongylodon : Greenhouse Plants

T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)

Family: Leguminosae

Strongylodon macrobotrys is the beautiful Jade Vine from the Phillipines. Unless you have a really large tropical house in which to grow this magnificent climber I am afraid you will have to resort as I do to visiting specimens in botanic gardens to marvel at the long hanging bunches of jade green claw shaped flowers. Even if you can provide the correct temperature it is still not an easy subject to grow. The specimen I used to look after at Wisley refused to flower for a few years because insufficient light penetrated through some insulating material which had been fixed to the house. Once a panel of this was removed over the plant it flowered profusely with about twenty or more inflorescences each about two feet in length. I found it best to prune back to spurs following a good flowering year by which time the plant looked as if it was about to take over the whole house. I would then leave pruning for two years to allow it to build up a good size again. This is particularly valid advice if the temperature does drop lower than it should in winter. Propagation can be by seed or by cuttings. There is an interesting story of how they had tried to root cuttings at Kew many times unsuccessfully. One day some stock material was cut away from the plant, put in a bucket of water in the corner of a warm fairly dark shed and forgotten. On cleaning the shed out some time later the large shoots had rooted in the water with no problem at all.

01. August 2013 by admin
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