How to irrigate the plumbago

Plumbago is a plant with characteristic blue flowers similar in shape and size to those of geraniums. They are in fact small shoots grouped in inflorescences like those of the genus Pelargonium. The Plumbago plant, on the other hand, is part of the Plumbaginaceae family and is also known by the name of blue jasmine, even if compared to the latter it is not very fragrant. However, it is appreciated for its luxuriant flowering which lasts for many months. Plumbago is native to African areas and is very common in our country where it is often placed as a decoration for gardens and terraces, as it gives a touch of color to flower beds, walls, gates and pergolas. It is a plant that grows and develops both inside pots and directly on the ground, reaching heights of over two meters, being of the climbing type. How to irrigate the Plumbago? The plant needs frequent watering especially in its vegetative phase. The water must be given regularly at least until late summer. Watering should not be abundant and water should be given only when the soil is dry.

Taking care of the Plumbago does not require the knowledge of particular cultivation techniques. In order to obtain excellent results, however, it must be taken into account that Plumbago is a type of plant that adapts well to areas where the climate is mild and temperate. In fact, the plant does not tolerate cold and frost so, at the first appearance of rigid temperatures and copious rains, it will be advisable to move it to dry and sheltered places. At that time the plant will already show up without flowers, as the flowering time ends in October. It is also advisable to keep it away from drafts that could break the fragile branches of the plant and cause the petals of the small flowers to fall. In the cold months it may be necessary to protect the plant with a mulch of dry leaves. As for pruning, it will have to be done during certain times of the year. Generally it is done in autumn or whenever the branches are withered. How can Plumbago be pruned? It will be necessary to eliminate the dry branches with special shears by thinning the plant in several points. It will thus grow more luxuriantly and develop better.

When it is necessary to fertilize the plummet

In order to grow optimally, Plumbago must be fertilized by making use of particular products available on the market, suitable for flowering plants. Lush flowering plants need fundamental elements, such as phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium, which favor their development and prolong the flowering period. It is necessary to fertilize them at least once a month and then reduce the administration in the period of greatest flowering. The lack of flowers and yellowing of the leaves are symptoms of the presence of a low amount of nitrogen. A good fertilizer for flowering plants should also contain the other trace elements, such as zinc, copper, iron and magnesium that help it grow better. A soil, regardless of whether it is already rich in naturally occurring mineral salts, however, it always requires the administration of a specific fertilizer. It would be advisable to choose between those liquids which, unlike chemical products in granules, which release their nutrients slowly, are faster to absorb. The repotting of the Plumbago will be carried out in early spring using a pot with a hole for water drainage.

Plumbago: Diseases and possible remedies

The Plumbago plant prefers bright and sunny places, but not the direct rays of the sun which could cause irreparable damage. In fact, the leaves and branches tend to burn when the sun is strong and the temperatures are scorching. It is good to know that the light and the presence of the sun favor the flowering of the Plumbago. If, on the other hand, the plant is exposed in a shaded area, there is a risk that the Plumbago will not bloom or produce few flowers. Even the abundance of water can cause damage to the plant and in particular root rot and the appearance of fungi and diseases. In fact, in the event that the saucer of the plant is always full of water, it is possible the appearance of mold on the leaves and on the buds. Among the diseases to which Plumbago is subject, the one that occurs with a certain regularity, especially in the presence of high temperatures and sultry climates, it is given by the attack of the so-called red spider. If, on the other hand, small whitish-greenish insects appear on the plant, it could be aphids or lice. In both cases it will be necessary to administer a specific product to the plant that can be purchased at garden stores and nurseries.

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