METRO PLUS

Ornamental climber

SUMMER HUES The plant is a slow-growing vine and can be grown in tubs on balconies or outside, under the shade of trees

SUMMER HUES The plant is a slow-growing vine and can be grown in tubs on balconies or outside, under the shade of trees  





Bleeding heart or glory bower is ideal for small gardens

Cleodendrum thomsoniae, a deciduous evergreen climber, is mainly found in tropical regions in Africa and Asia. Belonging to the family Verbenaceae, the plant is popularly known as bleeding heart or glory bower. The name Cleodendrum is derived from the Greek `Kleros' meaning `chance' and `dendrom', meaning `tree'. These climbers can be grown in the ground or in pots and trained over trellises, pergolas or other supports. They prefer humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil and good light. The vines have thin, hairy branches with opposite, ovate 17 cm-long, dark green pointed leaves, terminal and axillary panicles with pure white, heart-shaped calyx in the form of a cup and rich red, five-petalled flower with five anthers protruding from it.The plant flowers in summer. Since the flowers appear only on new branches, pruning is necessary. It is a slow-growing vine and can be grown in tubs on balconies or outside, under the shade of trees. Water well during the growing period and add liquid fertilizer once a month. Re-pot when necessary. Propagation is by seeds or semi-ripe cuttings. The soil should be well drained and mixed with loam. Apply liquid fertiliser once in two weeks. Thomsoniae is an ornamental climber, suitable for small gardens.CHITRA RADHAKRISHNAN





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