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Eccremocarpus – Chilean glory flower :growing and planting conditions and care that should be taken.

The Chilean glory vine develops like a perennial herb. The Chilean glory flower is an exotic-looking climber with wiry stems and sparse, dark, evergreen foliage which acts as a perfect backdrop to the bright red, orange or yellow tubular flowers, which appear from early summer into autumn. Its speed of growth provides a useful screen for the bare bases of climbing roses, or to disguise the balding lower areas of conifers.

– Climbers climb to 4m or more, with clinging, branched tendrils.
– The leaves are opposite, deciduous, pinnate or 2-pinnate.
– The flowers are small, red, orange, yellow, or pinkish, tubular.
– Pollination is by hummingbirds.
– The fruits are 1-valved capsules with numerous small, flattened seeds with wings.
– Grow Glory flowers outside by sowing the seed in the middle of spring.
– Cover the seeds with top soil once sown.
– Sow at a place where there is good drainage.
– Glory flower should be spaced at about 30 cm apart.
– Prune at the beginning of spring.
– Watering is advised from time to time but do not over water.
– To propagate, seeds should be sowed in late winter or spring.
– It is best to propagate seeds 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.
– Root tip cuttings in spring or summer.
– The Chilean glory vine should be positioned in a place where it is exposed to at least a few hours of direct sunlight.
– Avoid exposure to late freezings.
– Grow it in a covered place, locating it outside only in late spring.
– Mix some organic fertilizer to the soil around the plant, in the spring or in autumn.
– The problem is that this flower is very prone to spider mites and white flies under glass.

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