Clerodendrum Thomsoniae Verbenaceae BLEEDING HEART VINE Plant

22:15 This climbing plant can be trained up a trellis or around a hoop, or allowed to trail from a hanging basket or raised pot. It can also be kept bushy by regularly pinching off the tips of shoots.  clerodendrum2bthomsoniae2b2bhouse2bplant2bimage2bpotted-3704572


The deep green ovate leaves are attractively veined, but the plant’s chief glory is the striking red-and-white flowers, which consist of a white lantern shaped calyx from which the bright scarlet blooms with prominent stamens emerge.        clerodendrum2bthomsoniae2b2bhouse2bplant2bindoor-5131158 The flowers are produced from spring to fall in clusters at the ends of the stems. Clerodendrum thomsoniae ‘Variegatum,’ with marbled green leaves, is sometimes available. clerodendrum2bthomsoniae-6197297 FACT FILE
ORIGIN Tropical West Africa.
HEIGHT To 8ft/2.4m.
POTTING MIX Soil-based.
REPOTTING When the potting mix is filled with roots, move to a pot one size larger in spring; top-dress when maximum convenient pot size is reached. clerodendrum2bthomsoniae2b2bindoor2bplant2bflower2bimage-5119634 PROPAGATION Take stem cuttings in late spring, pot in a mixture of equal parts of coarse sand and peat moss; move to a soil-based mix after 3-4 months.                                      clerodendrum2bthomsoniae2b2bhouse2bpotted2bplant2bpicture-3553368 KEEPING PLANTS Prune in spring, just as the plant is starting into growth. Cut back the stems by about half to keep it at a manageable size indoors. clerodendrum2bthomsoniae2b2bindoor2bhouse2bplant2bphotos-2521357

Clerodendrum Thomsoniae Verbenaceae BLEEDING HEART VINE PLANT CARE

  • Bright light is required for good flowering but protect from direct sunlight. 
  • Moderate warmth during the growing season, but keep warm (620-85°F/170-29°C) in winter.
  • Keep the soil moist throughout the flowering season; water sparingly in the winter rest period.  clerodendrum2bthomsoniae2b2bhouse2bplant2bpotted-8243079
  • Mist frequently with tepid water from springtime onward.
  • Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during the growing season.

  • The striking red-and-white flowers are produced most freely in warm, humid conditions.

  • Pinch off the shoot tips occasionally to keep the plant neat.

  • The plant flowers best when slightly pot-bound.

  • The twining stems can be trained up supports or left to trail from a hanging basket.


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