Mussaenda plant growing shrub of the genus Mussaenda also known as Tropical dogwood, Mussaenda plant perennial evergreen or deciduous plant and used as ornamental plant for the flowers and the leaves, hedge plants and as bonsai in the right care, can grow in subtropics, tropics or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.
Leaves color green in elliptic, heart or ovate shape.
Mussaenda plant flower
Flower color can be: yellow, peach or white the flowers are small and grow inside of bracts the bracts are the showy part.
Bracts color can be: red, pink, white, yellow, orange, purple the bracts show before the bloom and the bracts edge sometimes with prominent color.
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How to grow Mussaenda plant – grow and care:
Moist soil, humidity, acid soil, rich soil, organic matter
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction – cutting take stem better before start to grow, care instruction: need to put the stem in light soil with moist, high humidity and don’t let it dry also need that the water won’t stay on the roots.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible and can ensure the color of the flowers and the bract
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Can be invasive in tropical climate
Recommended planting season?
Spring to autumn possible but better to plant it by cold hardiness, spring to summer hardiness zone 10, spring to in hardiness zone 11 all year hardiness zone 12+
Pests and diseases:
All year, better after the blooming season
How to prune:
Just for design, and to create internal growth for hedge plants need to prune the inner branches that die for
Size of the plant:
2-8 m, 6-24 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing in tropical climate and the right condition / Medium growing hardiness zone 10-11a
Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade in location with hot summer it’s must, above 44°C burn in full sun, the low humidity effect on the plant, plants can be in full sun in higher temperature with high humidity
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, container grow require bigger container 20-30% than the root ball, when arrive to the desirable size need to prune the roots every time that arrive to the end of the pot, care instruction: switch the soil or part of it every few years, prune once a year, regular amount of water don’t let it dry, to add fertilizer and humus
Most of the year in hardiness zone 12+, spring to autumn hardiness zone 11, spring to summer hardiness zone 10 and 10a start after the last frost
General information about the Mussaenda flower
Yellow, peach or white the flowers are small and grow inside of bracts the bracts are the showy part