Pagoda plant grow and care – shrub of the genus Clerodendrum also known as Pagoda flower or Clerodendrum paniculatum, Pagoda plant perennial evergreen or deciduous used as ornamental plant for the flowers and the leaves, flowers attract pollinators especially butterfly, can grow in tropics, mediterranean, subtropics or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 8b+.
Leaves color green in heart shape with lobed to serrated margin.
Well drained soil, rich soil and organic matter, better to add humus and fertilizer few times a year especially before blooming, in hardiness of 8b-10a better to cover in the winter with a lot of mulch in order to protect the plant from the cold winter
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Suckers – need to put the sucker with the roots try all without to injur the mother plant better to do that with hand and not something sharp also better to wait that the plant will be at least 30cm (12 inches) after transplant increase the amount of water that the plant won’t die and put it in the shade move it slowly to the sun / Vegetative reproduction – / Seeds – rare to find but not hard to sow
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? Yes, sucker it’s just to take and replant cutting its easier from seeds and
Difficulties or problems when growing: Become invasive in the tropic
Planting season: All year in hardiness zone 12+, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10b-11, spring to summer hardiness zone 10a and spring hardiness zone 8b-9 (possible also in early summer)
Pests and diseases: Aphids, mealy bugs, spider mites
Pruning season: Winter and after the blooming
How to prune: Just for design, dead bloom stems
Size of the plant: 1-2.5 m, 3-8 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water, the amount of water connected to drainage of the soil and winds
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full sun to half shade, in very hot summer highly recommend half shade morning sun and afternoon shade in those condition it is possible to grow in desert
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Not recommend but possible the plant will live and bloom a little bit but won’t be impressive, but possible to grow in cold climate over the winter indoor
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, growing in container it’s not hard, need to plant it in bigger pot than the root ball 20% more, when wants to keep the plant small need to cut the root ball and eliminate the old stems after bloom, the suckers can be huge problem in containers it’s fill all the container and reduce the chance to flowers, need to cut and leave 1 or 2 suckers, every few years need to switch soil and cut some of the roots.
Bloom season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower Orange-red flowers small and grow on inflorescence