Chickabiddy

Chickabiddy is a showy South American climber. Originally grown as a conservatory plant, it will thrive against a sunny, sheltered wall or fence and is ideal for hanging baskets. The tubular, snapdragonike flowers appear from mid summer until the first frost.

Popular species and hybrids Asarina antirrbiniflora is a colourful mixture with attractively marked red or blue flowers.

Asarina erubescens has tubular, pink flowers borne in profusion. Hybrids contain a wide range of colours, including red, rose, pink, lavender, purple, blue and white.

Cultivation

Sow seeds in trays or pots filled with moist seed compost under glass in early spring, maintaining a temperature of 18-21 °C (64-70°F).

When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into pots, then harden off and plant out in late spring.

Space the plants 20cm (8 in) apart in well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Climbing varieties will need support.

Liquid feed in the summer.

Pests and diseases: Chickabiddy is generally trouble free, although whitefly can be a problem.

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