Besleria sp., Besleria. Besleria triflora
Besleria triflora

Besleria sp.

Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: Central America, South America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowers

Species, like the Besleria sp., are worthy of greater attention. A small shrub up to two to five feet tall, Besleria sp. is native to Central and South America, and is known for its beauty and its need for exacting care. It is well suited to broad swathes of subtropical and tropical climates, but may require slightly cooler conditions if grown in container. It is a highly sought-after ornamental plant, with its singular beauty of red and crimson to vinous flowers, as well as yellow and orange blooms. It is a very popular species in the garden and works best in partial shade to semi-shade.

When it comes to plant care, Besleria sp. needs regular watering, especially when it is growing in container. Of course, if you wish to grow your Besleria sp. in colder regions, it can be done with some extra attention. Temperatures should stay between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius, and the potting soil should be kept on the dry side during the winter months. For most plants, this means watering it only once every one to two weeks, depending on the temperature. Water should be added when the top two inches of soil is completely dry. Blooming will take place in the spring and summer months and you can ensure that your Besleria sp. will continue to bloom deliciously vibrant flowers for years to come.

Feeding your Besleria sp. should be done every month. The soil should be slightly acidic, and you will want to use a fertilizer with a higher potassium content, like a 10-20-10 blend, to further promote flowering. You should also be sure to give it a light pruning in the late winter or early spring, cutting just above the leaf nodes to encourage bushier plant growth and more flowers.

With proper care, you too can enjoy the beauty of Besleria sp. in your own garden. Whether looking to add a splash of vibrant, multi-hued flowers to the middle of a shady spot, or a container on the terrace, this hardy and resilient plant will thrive and bring you joy throughout the changing seasons.

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