Plant Profiles – Schefflera Arbicola

 

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Varigated Arbacola

Schefflera arbicola or commonly known as the Hawaiian Umbrella Tree is originally from Taiwan but can grow well in the United States. The Hawaiian Umbrella tree has most hardiness in USDA zones 9a which get down to about 20°F, 9b which get to about 25°F, 10a that reaches 30°F, 10b at 35°F, and 11 which can reach down to 40°F and these USDA zones will be warmer then 70°F.

 

When planting the Hawaiian Umbrella Tree place in full sunlight too partial shade for best growth can grow up to ten to twelve feet tall and will need about six too eight feet in spacing for best root growth, also the soil pH level’s will change the quality of the tree in growth, the Hawaiian Umbrella tree can grow with a soil pH level of about 5.6 to 6.0 when you test in between these numbers you will have a soil pH that is Acidic but when you test the soil pH and it reads 7.6 or 7.8 your soil pH will be more Alkaline which is ok. The blooming color will be red and the blooming time will accrues around early winter through mid spring.

Plant Prifiles – Society Garlic

Society Garlic
Tulbaghia violacea

 

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Society Garlic

Category:
Bulbs

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Chartreuse/Yellow
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

 

Plant Profiles – Mandevilla, Dipladenia

Mandevilla splendens Mandevilla is native to southeastern Brazil, but will do well in Florida.

 

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Mandevilla, Dipladenia

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee)
Genus: Mandevilla (man-de-VILL-uh)
Species: splendens (SPLEN-denz)

Category:
Tropical
and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pink
Red
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Evergreen
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements: 5.6 too 6.5 (acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the root ball
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering