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The joy of Plumbago

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Post by ferret Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:22 am

When I first bought this house, there were two bugambilia bushes in the stone flowerbed. Those things BITE and after four years I had them removed. I love Plumbago which has periwinkle blue flowers but it's not a vine. So I put heavy duty hooks at the top of the twelve foot wall and also about two feet above the soil. Then I bought 8 foot by twelve foot nylon mesh (4 inch squares) and hung it on the hooks at the top and bottom to stretch it out. I had already planted the Plumbago but this was my way of getting it up the wall. As it grew, I threaded the mesh with the new growth. Here it is after two years (and it was pruned a couple of months ago). Time for another pruning but I HATE cutting off the flowers which hold their blossoms for a very long time.

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Post by Carry Bean Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:30 am

Wow! That is gorgeous. How long did it take to grow to that size?

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Post by ferret Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:55 am

It's been just two years. They were about a foot high when I planted them. But they were awesome but not as full after one year. I posted this specifically for you because you have the ideal wall directions... one facing south and one facing west. It would be pretty from both your living area and bedroom.
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Post by BisbeeGal Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:10 am

Had great success with this in Florida. Grew as bushes next to house..wemt to 6+ feet and then trailed downward. Low maintenance other than pruning when it got too wide (were on either side of steps to porch door).
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