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Carissa / Emerald Blanket
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Carissa / Emerald Blanket

Latin Name:

Carissa macrocarpa

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Evergreen shrubs with upright or flat growth habits depending on the cultivar. Leaves dark green, glossy and heavy textured. Flowers are white, star-shaped, followed by red purplish berries about an inch (2.5cm) long.

Origin:

South Africa

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

M

Fragrant:

Yes

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

50-75°F, 10-24°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

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. Do not fertilize newly potted plants for at least four months. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to scale and mealy bugs. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds/ stem cuttings with heel 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:

Prune back this plant at any time and repot only in the winter. Really needs a good light source and be careful not to over-water.

Bonsai:

This species can be bonsaied.

Is Genus:

No

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