Marmalade bush (Streptosolen jamesonii)

ifraser25(z11 Brazil)December 20, 2005

I'm wondering whether now it has finished flowering is the right time to prune my bush which is about a meter tall. How hard should you prune it ? It had a lot of flowers but is now looking rather straggly.It looks as if it needs cutting hard back but I don't want to lose next year's seasons flowers.

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helena_z8_ms

Lucky you, I wish I had that problem. I bet it should set some seeds. The ones I tried to grow here never lasted very long. Just wanted to say hello from a Americanized Brazilian from Mississsippi! Would love to hear what other plants you grow there, if you don't mind me asking.
Helena

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 11:14AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

I would suggest several light prunings throughout the year rather than one hard one, but this plant is pretty adaptable to pruning and repeat bloom. Here in San Francisco, it can bloom pretty much year round as long as it is encouraged with fertilizer, gets full sun, and doesn't receive frost. It can also get 2 to 3 meters tall by across if left unpruned. They do set seed easily here, and it is a great almost everblooming shrub if you have the room for it.

It ought to be pretty well adapted to Sao Paulo conditions, as its native range in South Africa is also humid subtropical.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 11:31PM
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costaricafinca

Ifraser25, glad you posted this subject, Streptosolen jamesonii or Marmalade bush. I just purchased one and had never seen any before. Have you ever observed any hummingbird use at this plant in your location? I am in Costa Rica.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2009 at 3:00PM
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