Chinese Fringe Flower
Japan, China & India
Ruby Loropetalum or Chinese Fringe Flower is a rounded, bushy, evergreen shrub with oval to ovate, ruby red leaves and fragrant, spider-like, hot pink flowers in late winter or early spring. These flowers are 1 to 1 inch long and made up of slender long strappy petals. Being a true dwarf, 'Ruby' makes for a nicely compact, rounded shrub, averaging 2-3 feet.
Loropetalum is very easy shrub to grow. It thrives in sun or light shade in any well-drained, sandy-loam to loam soil with a slightly acid pH. Unfortunately, the shrub lacks good drought tolerance, so be sure to keep it watered well during dry spells.
When fertilizing Chinese fringe flowers, it is recommended to use a slow release fertilizer. A fertilizer with equal amounts of NPK is ideal.
The Chinese fringe plant makes an excellent border or specimen. Plant them together as a screen or along the edges of the home as foundation plants.
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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