Sanchezia Plant Care – Learn About Sanchezia Growing Information
What Is S.
The genus name “nobilis” means “white vein”. This species was originally described from New Jersey and it is now known from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Its scientific name is S. glaucophora (Gould & Hines).
S. glaucophora is a small evergreen perennial vine with yellowish green leaves and stems up to 2 feet tall.
It grows best in full sun and prefers moist soil. It produces slender, narrow, light pink flowers which are followed by long, thin fruits that turn brown when ripe. These fruits are edible but not particularly tasty; they’re just there for decoration!
How To Grow S.
Growing sanchezia glaucophora is easy if you have good drainage and plenty of sunlight. You can grow this plant in containers or in a sunny window box where it will get lots of morning sun. If your climate isn’t too hot, you might want to try growing it indoors under fluorescent lights (or even grow it outdoors under bright indirect light). It tends to grow best in a soil that’s on the acidic side (pH 5.0 – 6.0). And it prefers soil that stays evenly moist but not soggy.
S. glaucophora vines can be grown along a trellis or other support and pruned to the desired height.
Its trailing stems quickly cover any surface they’re growing on, making it look like an airy green “carpet”. It can also be grown in a large container and pruned into a bushy shape. If you want flowers, just pinch off the tips of new stems whenever they reach about 8 inches long. New leads will form lower on the vine and you’ll soon have several points of white blossoms. If it’s growing indoors, keep it near a sunny window so that it can get enough light to bloom well.
How To Care For S.
It’s easy to care for this plant in the summertime. As long as it has enough light, a soil that’s on the acidic side and adequate moisture, it should thrive in almost any environment! In the winter, it can be grown indoors or outdoors (where it will need its support structure). When grown indoors, it can be grown in a bright window, but keep it away from hot southern or western windowsills.
When grown outdoors, it needs to be protected from extreme cold and harsh winds, so a porch or shade structure would be ideal. It also needs its support structure.
If you’re growing it on a porch or other structure, just make sure its roots aren’t exposed to continuous moisture or they’ll rot.
Sanchezia Care FAQs
Question: My Sanchezia vine flowers all the time.
Is this normal?
I thought it was a foliage plant.
Answer: Yes, sanchezia plants do bloom constantly. In fact, you can pinch off the ends of any stems that start to grow foliage to slow it down and to promote more flowering.
But you don’t have to do this; it will just bloom more if you let it grow freely.
Question: I live in an apartment and I don’t have a yard.
Can I still grow sanchezia?
Answer: Yes, sanchezia makes an excellent houseplant (and it’s poisonous too!). It tolerates low light conditions, infrequent watering and dry soil. In fact, if you don’t give it enough light or water it, it will probably just slow down its growth and stop growing altogether until conditions become more favorable. So it’s a pretty forgiving plant, which makes it great for apartment dwellers.
Question: I live in USDA zone 8. Can
I grow sanchezia outside?
Answer: Yes, sanchezia is hardy in zones 7b and 8. It makes an outstanding specimen plant for your yard or garden! It can be grown in full sun or partial shade, though more sunlight will result in more flowers. It can be grown in a large container or it can be allowed to sprawl along the ground.
Question: What types of animals do Sanchezia vines attract?
Answer: It tends to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
Sanchezia is not known to be invasive, but it does spread aggressively (like most vines). So if you’re growing it outdoors, keep this in mind!
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