Vine or Glory Bower, a well-known and popular climbing shrub, is a versatile addition to your house plant collection.
Native to the tropical regions of West Africa, it is the most popular species of a group of over 400 vines, shrubs and trees.
It has woody twiningand large broad and oblong . The rich green of the leaves is emphasized by a prominent vein patterning.
Each flower lasts only a short while, but the white balloon-like calyces (the protective sepals) remain on the plant until the autumn. As they age they gradually become pink. The flower of the Bleeding Heart Vine has no fragrance at all.
This plant can grow to 4m (13ft) if planted in a bed or border of a greenhouse, sunroom or conservatory. In a pot it will not usually grow beyond 1.5m (5ft). Bythe tips of stems you can train this climber into a bushier, more compact shape.
Colours and varieties
Clerodendrum thomsonioe ‘Delectum’ bears large clusters of rose-magenta flowers. Clerodendrum phillipinum, the fragrant glorybush, is beautifully scented. It is shrub-like in form and grows to about 2m(6½ft). Its large flower clusters are white or pink and hydrangea-like.
C. speciosissimum is a slow-growing species which can reach 1.2m(4ft). It bears clusters of tubular flowers in summer.
This evergreen climbing plant will clothe and decorate the wall, trellis or other support that it grows against. In a sunroom or conservatory it makes a splendid backdrop. For a formal look, grow this plant in a large white wooden conservatory box.
1. Take 8-10cm (3– 4in)from the base of side shoots. Remove the lower leaves before planting up. Use a well-drained mixture of equal parts of peat moss and coarse sand or Perlite.
2. Cover with polythene or use an electricwith a bottom heat of 21°C (70°F). Keep in a well-lit where a temperature of 21°C (70°F) can be maintained. Keep mixture moist.
3. Rooting should take place after 4-6 weeks. Pot into largerin a standard soil-based potting mixture.
4. Encourage a bushy shape bythe tips of the stems. When the new plants look well-established and compact, repot into a pot one size larger. Water regularly and during the growing season apply a standard liquid fertilizer.
Pests And Diseases
Emealy bugs indicated by white tufts onand leaves.
Treatment: Remove them using a cotton wool swab dipped in diluted methylated spirits or spray with a suitable.
Silky webbing due to red spider mites.
Treatment: Thelevel is too low. Spray the plant daily to keep humidity level high. If the attack is severe cut away badly affected parts of the plant and spray remaining parts with an .
Discoloured patches on some of the leaves are due to scorching.
Prevention: Move the plant out of the sun into the shade.
For a good bushy shapeback the side shoots to 2-3 pairs when flowering is over or in late winter.
- : This plant needs plenty of room for its and should be repotted in late winter just before the flowering season begins. Use a well-drained peat-based potting mixture.
- Water regularly, in summer twice a week. Reduce towards the end of summer. In winter the plant will need about twice a month.
- Feeding: Apply a standard liquid fertilizer every second week. If the leaves become pale apply a foliar . In winter stop .
BEST GROWTH ENVIRONMENT
- Light: It needs plenty of light, but this should be filtered. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight.
- Temperature: High temperatures in summer 18-24°C (65-75°F) will suit it best, but remember that it needs high humidity as well. In winter temperatures of 13-15°C (55-60°F) should be maintained.
- Buy young plants in spring or summer. You will find them at most garden centres and nurseries throughout their flowering period.
- The foliage should be fresh and green. Avoid plants with discoloured leaves and signs of insect attack. Choose a plant with plenty of buds and a compact shape.
- It will last for many years, and flower each year, provided it has high humidity, warmth and filtered light.
The evergreen leaves of the Bleeding Heart Vine will give you year-round beauty. With a little care and attention, this plant will flower freely, producing dramatic and colourful blooms.