Velvet-Leaf Tibouchina four-angled stems of large-leaved princess flower support many large, quilted leaves of bright green that are covered with dense, light-reflecting hairs. The velvety, oval leaves reflect the subtle, changing colors of the sky, especially at dusk and dawn.
The branched floral stems rise above the foliage and become covered with many small electric violet-purple flowers with tiny white eyes.Flowers appear intermittently during the warm months, but they re at their peak in late summer and early autumn.
Grow large-leaved Tibouchina grandifolia in full sun to partial shade and sandy, fertile soils with a slightly acid pH. The woody stems are very brittle and break easily, so place plants in protected spots where they cannot be damaged by high wind and strong rainfall. If a stem does break, prune the branch back to a point just above the closest swollen "knob" on the stem, from which new growth will sprout. Cut back spent flower spike to keep plants looking attractive and encourage additional flowering.
This pretty shrub is ideal for large containers or mixed borders.
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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