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propagating perennials: Plumbago-Leadwort
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Plumbago isn’t a perennial in CA or FL, it’s more of a woody plant and can be propagated by layering or by semi-ripe tip cuttings in summer. It can be trained as a goundcover or a vine and is evergreen and blooms except in winter and prefers a slightly acidic soil and the colors vary from white, blue, purple, red or pink. In colder climates it makes an excellent patio plant, if you have a spot to store it over the winter. When I saw the plants in CA I fell in love with them. Even if it gets frost bit it still might recover. It takes at least 4 hours of sun a day and is drought tolerant and produces flowers on the currant season’s growth so pruning will not stop the blooms and may need a shot of manganese sulfate if the leaves turn yellow and is a favorite of butterflies.

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