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Egyptian star Cluster

English Name

Pentas Lanceolata

Scientific Name

Description

Pentas is a soft-wooded, bushy shrub which grows only 12-18 inches high when potted. It is mainly Winter-flowering and clusters of small, star shaped flowers are very attractive.

Rubiaceae

Family

50°F - 64°F

Temperature (°F)

Woody Perennial

Life Cycle

Shrub & Flower

Types

None

Fragrance

Watering

Water actively growing plants moderately enough to make the entire mixture moist, but allow the top half inch of mixture to dry out before watering again.

Feeding

Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks except during the late Winter rest period.

Repotting

In Spring move plants into pots one size larger until they are 3 years old. Re-place them by newly rooted cuttings every 2 or 3 years.

Propagation

Tip cuttings of non flowering shoots will root at any time in Spring or Summer. Take 2 to 3 inch long cutting just below a leaf, strip away the lower leaves.

Cultivation

Pentas need bright light with at least 4 hours a day of direct sunlight. Give a rest period of 6-8 weeks when flowering season is over.

Pruning

Pinch and train the plant into a bushy form approximately 12 to 16 inches tall, be careful not to cut off developing flower clusters.

Care

If plant is in draft or dry air, leaves will scorch.



Did you know?

All parts of the oleander (Nerium oleander), a beautiful Mediterranean-native flowering shrub, are poisonous. Ingesting oleander leaves can cause gastrointestinal, cardiac, and central nervous system problems and possible death.