Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Spring, summer and autumn
Hardiness – Half hardy to tender (dependent on variety)
Cuphea are annuals, perennials or evergreen shrubs with attractive tubular flowers that each display a striking calyx and small petals. These adorn slender stems and are embellished by simple, modest foliage. Dependant on variety, Cuphea will bloom from spring to autumn and are best suited to flower beds and borders within a courtyard or informal garden setting. You should expect to see Cuphea grow to an approximate height and spread of 45-60cm (18-24”)
Cuphea are best planted in well-drained soil of loam, chalk and sand within a neutral, acidic or alkaline PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun or part shade. Amend heavy soil with a generous amount of organic matter as this will improve drainage whilst nourishing the native planting area. Dig a hole that is the same depth and twice the width of your plant, spreading the roots out before settling into place. Space companion plants 45-60cm (18-24”) apart to allow room for plants to spread as they mature. After planting, water thoroughly and deeply.
Water Cuphea regularly throughout active growth and during periods of drought, reducing the required volume during winter. They will benefit from a phosphorus based fertiliser during spring as this will promote strong and healthy root development. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage a second flush of flowers during the season.
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