Climbers

Rincospermum

Irrigation

The evergreen shrub comes from different areas of the Asian continent and is part of the dense and varied family grouping of the Apocynaceae. This magnificent creeper is often used to embellish every corner and border, or to create vividly colored walls in a green setting. It must be properly and generously watered during the spring season and especially in the summer, on an average weekly basis, while the wetting will be limited, even if not completely suspended, in cold and rigid periods. It will be the right rule to spray only when the soil is dry or even dried out, taking care not to cause puddles and stagnations that prove to be seriously damaging to the roots of the Rincospermum.

Cultivation


The Rincospermum will be easily positioned in open ground, although it can also find accommodation in containers of the necessary size. Whatever the chosen positioning, it will be equipped with soft soil, not very cohesive and adequately provided with adequate organic substances. It will be advisable to add sandy and gravelly materials suitable to favor the efficient drainage of the earth. The shrub will be periodically subjected to pruning, also for the purpose of shaping the forms, with a glimpse of the branches and elimination of the now aged and tattered branches. If placed in a container, however, repotting operations will be necessary when the first spring warmth arrives, using containers that are gradually larger in size to accommodate the development of the root system.

Fertilization


Whether the graceful shrub is placed outdoors or placed inside a container, it must receive good fertilization in order to obtain the necessary nutrients. Fertilization must be maximized during the hot season, until the first days of October, and conveniently slowed down in the autumn and winter. As a rule, solid fertilizers can be used, characterized by prolonged and delayed release over time, with a frequency that must be at least monthly. Alternatively, liquid fertilizers may be used, to be diluted in the spraying water, at a shorter and more constant rate. In both cases, it will be specific fertilizers for flowering plants, with an appropriate prevalence of nitrogen and potassium components.

Rincospermum: Exposure and pathologies


This valuable evergreen shrub must be placed in a sufficiently illuminated and sunny habitat, with direct exposure to sunlight for a few hours of the day. Discreetly adaptable and resilient, it will support accommodation in partially shady places, with obvious repercussions, however, on the inflorescence and overall health conditions. The climatic conditions, in all cases, should preferably be rather mild and temperate, since the sudden air flows and frost can lead to rapid deterioration and withering of the shrub. Finally, the ornamental plant may be subjected to attacks by molds and especially by insects and parasites, such as cochineal. In the latter case, it will be necessary to provide for their timely elimination with a specific insecticide.

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