When to water Calostemma

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Sat, 17 Aug 2013 08:34:57 PDT
On Aug 16, 2013, at 10:48 PM, Leo A. Martin wrote:

> For those here understanding climates in Australia: When should I start watering
> Calostemma purpureum? They grow for me but haven't bloomed. I have been keeping them
> inside my house in their containers since they died down last spring. A lot of
> discussion in our archives suggests they need good soakings at the end of summer when it
> is still hot in order to flower. In the past I haven't watered them until it cooled down
> in November, but then recently I read about late summer watering.

I also have been treating mine as winter-growing/summer-dormant. And although they grow, they haven't thrived for me and I've only gotten them to bloom one year, quite a few years ago. But then I also heard/finally paid attention to/re-read? about summer watering for them. So this year I let them receive water this summer, and for the first time in about ten years, two pots have sent up scapes this past week and will open today or tomorrow. Yay!

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

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