Plumbagos are summer blooming, shrubby, semi-climbers which spread by clumping from the base. They flower prolifically with trusses of white or blue blooms. Plumbago will take only the lightest of frost and benefits from being cut back hard in early spring. Useful fast growing screen plant for hedges or on its own.


How to grow plumbago in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. In areas with heavy or clay soil, to help improve soil structure and drainage, add gypsum and mix in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut-shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.  
  6. Feed regularly during the growing and flowering season with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and flowers. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

     
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How to grow plumbago in a pot

  1. Pick a compact variety that can be grown in a pot.  Choose a pot at least 500mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. Feed regularly during the growing and flowering season with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development, healthy foliage & flowers. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

To keep plumbago neat and compact, prune back each year in early spring or after main flushes of flowers.


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