Nemesia sp., Nemesia

Nemesia sp.

Family: Scrophulariaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual colorBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Nemesia sp. plants can form in the form of a small shrub with height 2-5 ft. Nemesia requires full sun, with some shade during the hottest parts of the day. They need moderate water and in cooler climates, during winter-time they will benefit from some protection. The flowers of Nemesia come in a variety of colors ranging from pink, white and off-white, blue and lavender, purple, red and crimson, and vinous to yellow and orange. These plants offer an array of unusual color combinations that make them visually stunning.

Plant can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11. In cold climates, Nemesia can be grown in pots, containers, or hanging baskets. For the best results, the pot must be placed in a sheltered location, out of strong winds and frosty mornings. To ensure that the soil in the pot is well-drained, add some sand, perlite or vermiculite to the potting mix. You may also need to protect them from harsh temperatures. A cold frame or sunroom would be perfect for growing these plants.

During the growing season, Nemesia requires regular watering and fertilizing. If the soil becomes too dry, give the plants a deep watering, but avoid water logging the soil. Feed the plants every 1-2 weeks with a balanced fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer, diluted to half strength. For best results, prune back after flowering has finished. This will encourage fresh growth, as well as promoting prolific blooming.

Nemesia is a beautiful and easy to care for flowering plants, making them the perfect choice for gardeners, no matter the climate.

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