Plumbago plants are known as one of the most beautiful houseplants. They grow well in almost any climate conditions. They require little water and do not need much attention when it comes to light or temperature requirements. However, they do have their own unique characteristics which make them even more attractive to some people than others. One such characteristic is their tendency towards becoming invasive if left unchecked. They can become quite large and spread quickly throughout your home.
Plumbago plants are often grown from seed. These seeds germinate very fast and produce small plants within a few weeks. If you want to start growing your own plumbago plant, here’s what you need to know:
How To Grow Plumbago Plants From Seed?
The first thing you’ll need is a container with drainage holes in it (a glass jar works great). You’ll also need a good soil mix. I like to use potting soil mixed with peat moss because it provides excellent drainage and aeration. Another option would be to use vermiculite, but you might get moldy roots if you don’t give enough time for the root system to develop properly.
You’re going to want to place your seedlings into the container so that they have plenty of room and air circulation around them. Tamp the soil down firmly, but not too firmly (or you’ll squeeze all the air out). The next step is to place the container in a location where it can get plenty of direct sunlight.
Water your seeds whenever the top inch or so of soil feels dry. Don’t let the soil become waterlogged, though; this will cause root rot and kill your seedling. Keep the soil evenly moist and your seeds should soon start to sprout.
When your seedlings get large enough to be transplanted, you’ll need to choose which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to throw away. Some of the seedlings will be weak and spindly and others will be stocky. You want to keep the stocky ones and throw away the weaklings.
To transplant your seedlings, you’ll need to gently dig down around the seedling until you expose the roots. Gently slide out the seedling and lift it out of the container. Dig a hole in your potting soil and place the seedling into it. Press down lightly on the soil around the seedling.
This will secure it into place.
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Investigation of the antiobesity and antioxidant properties of wild Plumbago europaea and Plumbago auriculata from North Palestine by NA Jaradat, AN Zaid, F Hussein – Chemical and …, 2016 – chembioagro.springeropen.com
Antimicrobial activity in vitro of plumbagin isolated from Plumbago species by SR Paiva, MR Figueiredo, TV Aragão… – Memorias do Instituto …, 2003 – SciELO Brasil