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Mussaenda

 

Mussaenda

Mussaenda is an evergreen flowering bush native to the African and Asian tropics and subtropics, ranging in height from 2' to 15' tall.. They bloom from Spring to Autumn in areas that have a mild Winter. The flowers can be yellow, red or creamy white, with red, white or pink bracts or sepals surrounding the flowers. This plant can sometimes become deciduous, if subjected to cool or dry conditions, but freezes kill it. In areas that have cooler Winters, where frost is a risk, this plant can be grown in a container.

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plant Features
  • Mussaenda likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Mussaenda likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Mussaenda is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Mussaenda likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Mussaenda

Latin name

Mussaenda

type

Flowering Shrub

family

Rubiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Mussaenda likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Mussaenda is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Mussaenda likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Mussaenda likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Mussaenda is 3.00meters x 4.50meters 3.00 M 4.50 M

Mussaenda

Mussaenda is an evergreen flowering bush native to the African and Asian tropics and subtropics, ranging in height from 2' to 15' tall.. They bloom from Spring to Autumn in areas that have a mild Winter. The flowers can be yellow, red or creamy white, with red, white or pink bracts or sepals surrounding the flowers. This plant can sometimes become deciduous, if subjected to cool or dry conditions, but freezes kill it. In areas that have cooler Winters, where frost is a risk, this plant can be grown in a container.


Planting

From Late Winter TO Early Spring

Plant in late Winter, in a sunny site. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root mass, and plant it at the same depth it was growing previously. Backfill with the soil that was removed from the hole. Water it well to settle the soil around the roots, and then add more backfill soil on top if it settles below the surrounding ground level.

 

Flowering

From Mid Spring TO Early Autumn

The 5-petalled flowers appear from Spring to Autumn

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Stem tip cuttings are taken in the Spring/early Summer from this years growth. Cleanly cut just below a leaf joint, up to a 10cm tip, remove lower leaves and pinch out the tip, dip into hormone compound and place them around the edge of a pot filled with cutting compost., water well. Place a plastic bag over the pot to give humidity, the bag must be removed a couple of times a week to ventilate, put the pot in a light spot but avoid direct sunlight.

 
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