Lapageria rosea

Lee Poulsen
Sat, 18 Sep 2010 14:37:32 PDT
After nearly two months of horrible email service by my Internet  
service provider, I think the problems are under control and so I've  
had a little bit of time to glance through some of the conversations I  
haven't been able to follow very well.

I grow Lapageria in the inland southern Calif. valleys, so it gets hot  
during the day during the summertime. However, it always cools off at  
night down to at least the low 60s (°F) or even into the mid-50s (°F).  
So I think that helps mine withstand the heat. Otherwise, they grow  
quite well, although they don't flower as profusely as I'd wish. I  
think that might be because I grow them in pots that are too small for  
them (5 gal. for the large plant and 1 gal's for the small plants). I  
do grow them on the east side of my house (under shade cloth during  
the summer) so that probably helps as well. Also our climate may be  
drier than Jim W's, but I don't know for sure. I water them all year  

What I think they would really appreciate however, is to have cool  
roots, even if the air gets hot. So I really want to get them into the  
ground, on the east side of the house some day. They're perfectly  
hardy here, so I don't know how much below freezing weather they can  

I'd love love love to get some of the other colors and combinations of  
colors. I hear that the Berkeley Bot. Gardens offers them from time to  
time, but it's a 6 hour drive...   ;-)

And yes, Jim McK, I also grow Philesia magellanica, near where I grow  
my Lapageria, but I never give it direct sun. I have mine in a 2 gal.  
pot and it has basically filled the pot. I had heard that it needs  
even cooler growing conditions than Lapageria, but mine has been doing  
great and started flowering last year for the first time, and is  
flowering again this year. It's a small bush looking plant (about  
40-50 cm tall) and the flowers look exactly like Lapageria flowers  
only smaller and dangling from various branches among the Philesia  
bush instead of hanging from a vine. Are there other colors of it  
besides the rosy red, like for Lapageria?

I also think it wants cool growing roots, so I keep mine on a slab of  
concrete that stays cooler than the air during the summer.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a

On Sep 17, 2010, at 1:46 PM, Jim McKenney wrote:

> Are any of you Lapageria enthusiasts also growing Philesia magellanica

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