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Bangkok Roses, Mussaenda erythrophyll (with pot)

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Mussaenda erythrophylla (Ashanti Blood, Red Flag) is native Angola, Burundi, Cabinda, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanganyka, Togo, Uganda and Zaire. This is a sprawling shrub with brilliant red sepals and white flowers with red centres. In the wild it can often climb up surrounding trees. In the garden it can be used as a sprawling shrub, 1 to 1.5 metres (3 to 4.5 feet) high by 2 to 3 metres (6 to 9 feet) wide, or be trained as a climber up a support or an open foliaged tree.

Mussaendas belong to the Rubiacea family which also includes the Gardenia, Ixora, Pentas and coffee plants (Coffea arabica).

Cultivation Tips: 1. Find a planting site for the Mussaenda where it will be exposed to direct sunlight at least six hours each day. Plant it where it will receive morning or evening direct sun with shade during the hottest parts of the day for brighter bloom colors. 2. Test the soil for pH, organic matter and nutrient levels. Make sure the soil has an acidic pH below 7. Add sulfur to alkaline soil with a pH above 7 to make it more acid. Add organic matter such as compost or leaf mold to the soil to improve the texture and nutrient levels if needed. Add perlite to improve drainage if the soil tends to drain slowly. Mix the amendments into the soil thoroughly. 3. Dig a planting hole twice the diameter of the Mussaenda root mass with a dirt shovel in late winter. Plant it at the same depth it was growing previously. Place the Mussaenda roots into the hole and backfill with the soil that was removed from the hole. Water it generously to settle the dirt around the roots. Add more backfill soil on top if it settles below the surrounding ground level. 4. Spread shredded bark mulch around the Mussaenda bush to a depth of 3 inches. Keep the mulch 3 inches away from the bush stems. Water the bush once or twice per week or as often as necessary to keep the soil moist but not muddy. 5. Sprinkle slow-release balanced complete fertilizer granules around the bush six to eight weeks after planting, when it begins to grow new

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