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Bauhinia yunnanensis, any tips on their culture?


 
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Gardensgalore
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:25 pm    Post subject: Bauhinia yunnanensis, any tips on their culture? Reply with quote

I have grown a few of these from seed. The catalogue says that they are hardy in favoured places. They are a climber with intriguing bilobed leaves that look like a lot of green butterflies. One plant overwintered outside and is alive and healthy, but all seem lacking in vigour. Has anyone else grown these? If so, have they any tips on their culture? How do you make them produce flowers, described as 'like miniature orchids'?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Bauhinia yunnanensis Reply with quote

Gardensgalore wrote:
One plant overwintered outside and is alive and healthy,

Richard


Well done on the overwintering.

These plants are quite tender and semi-evergreen. To thrive allow them a moist, free-draining soil with lots of sun and shelter. I believe the soil has to be acidic.
They are only really suitable for outdoor growing in a very mild, frost free site, otherwise you can grow them in a conservatory, or else grow them in a container and take it in when the frosts arrive.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Blackbird,

I will use an acid feed and see if that makes them grow a little quicker. As I live at 700 feet ASL maybe growing them outside is a little hopeful, but I guess that I will leave that one out as an experiment, we get very little frost.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems that the temperature must go below -3c before real frost damage happens to this plant,
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