Ptilotus joey grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Ptilotus also known as Joey plant or Ptilotus exaltatus, Ptilotus joey short perennial evergreen or annual plant, used as ornamental plant for the flowers that can be used as cut flower, also it’s drought tolerant plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ as perennial and 2-10 as annual plant, in hardiness zone need to overwinter care in hardiness zone 10b.
Leaves color green the leaf shape elliptic the leaf fleshy.
Ptilotus joey flower
Flowers are small growing in groups on inflorescence stalk in a shape of cone, flower color pink to silvery.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seedling / Seed (see explanation bellow) / Vegetative reproduction
How to propagate: Propagation by cutting, possible to put in water and switch the water every few days or put the stem in soil better peat soil and better with root growth hormone, in both cutting methods better to do it in warm season, with high humidity
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No
Difficulties or problems when growing: Might be invasive
Recommended planting season? Spring in hardiness zone 2-10 as annual, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all the year in hardiness zone 12+
Pests and diseases: Nematode, aphids, mealy bugs
Pruning season: All season, but better in the autumn
How to prune: Old flowers
Size of the plant: 10-90 cm, 4-36 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water to average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, when grow in container, size 5-10 liter (1.2-2.5 gallons) amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom of pot, when it’s grow as perianal every two years need to take care and switch soil in the pot or just part of the soil, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.
Bloom season: Spring, summer, autumn
General information about the flower Small flowers grows in groups on inflorescence stalk in a shape of cone, flower color pink to silvery.
How to grow Ptilotus joey seeds
Sowing requirement: Moist soil
Saving and care seeds until sowing: Dry and dark location
Sowing season: Spring as annual and also in hardiness zone 10b, spring to summer in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12+
How to plant: plant
Planting spacing: 10*20cm (4-8 inches) for small cultivars, 30*30cm (12*12 inches) for tall cultivars
Depth of Sowing: 1cm (0.5inch)
Conditions for seeds germinate: moist soil, sunny location
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water