Deciduous shrub more than ten feet (3m+) tall if unchecked. Flowers are white followed by blue-black berries.
Suitable only for a greenhouse
Requires extra care
Does best in low to bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/East/West
A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.
Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.
Feed every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.
Prone to aphids, thrips, whitefly and mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.
Stem cuttings/ air-layering in the late winter through late summer. t is best to propagate any type of cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while. To air-layer a plant, take a sharp knife and cut half way through the stem about a foot down from the top. Put a toothpick in the wound sideways, wrap wet sphagnum moss and a plastic bag around the wound secured by either rubber bands or tape. When roots form, cut off below the roots and plant.
Gardening Tips & Care:
Mist occasionally with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and pinch back occasionally. Keep outdoors during the summer months, if possible.
Species of this Genus can be harmful to pets.
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