Position – Sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period –Summer/Autumn
Hardiness – Semi-hardy
Sollya are twining perennial climbers with evergreen simple leaves and bell-shaped flowers that bloom in summer and autumn which are then followed by purple or blue berries in the autumn. They are well-suited to planting in wall-side borders or containers and are perfect for training over an arch of pergola. They are more commonly known as bluebell creepers. You should expect to see your Sollya grow to an approximate height of up to 1.5m (5ft) and an approximate spread of up to 50cm (20in).
Sollya are best planted in a well-drained soil of loam, chalk or sand within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of sun or partial shade. Can be grown outdoors in frost-free areas as they are semi-hardy. Alternatively, I cooler regions grow in a container so the plant can be moved indoors in autumn or raise under glass.
RHS Pruning Group 12- In late winter or early spring, shorten side-shoots to within 3 to 4 buds of the permanent framework of branches, This encourages buds to form and their growth to remain compact. Overcrowded, diseased or damaged shoots can be removed at this time as well. Apply a dry winter much. Provide support for climbing stems. Water sparingly during the winter months.
It is possible to propagate Sollya by seed sown in spring or by softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.
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