15 Gallon
Clerodendron
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Clerodendron

Latin Name:

Clerodendrum thomsonae

Plant Type:

Climber

Description:

A woody climber that submits well to the constraint of a low trellis. The flowers are in hanging clusters and have red petals below pure white sepals.

Origin:

Tropical Western Africa

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

HI

Fragrant:

Yes

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

High humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the South

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer diluted by half, reduce during the winter months. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds/ cuttings in the spring through summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Plant is poisonous if ingested. Do not keep around children. Needs something to climb or support if it is planted in a pot. Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining). Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. Rest and prune the plant during the winter season.

Is Genus:

No

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