Hamelia Patens Compacta
Florida and South America
This is a very pretty plant that gets bright red/orange flowers year round. This dwarf version is perfect for pot culture and it only gets about 3' - 4' tall. It is also perfect for bonsai because of its miniature features. Red flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Song birds also like to feed on the berries.
It grows best in full to partial sun outdoors . Average water, fertilizing, and trimming is required. Add composted manure or to enrich the soil around the plant's roots. Trim lightly to shape anytime, but do a harder pruning in winters.
Perfect for bonsai because of its miniature features . Ideal for walkway or garden path
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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