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Calibrachoa are evergreen, short-lived perennial plants, related to petunias. They have a compact, mounding or trailing habit and profuse flowering for a long period, all year round in warm climates. They come in single or double trumpet-shaped flowers in jewel-like colours. Great for container growing or in the garden, quick growing and low maintenance, they are very rewarding plants.
Calibrachoas grow best in full sun and with regular applications of fertiliser. Naturally compact, a light tip pruning will encourage even more dense growth. If the foliage begins to yellow, they may be iron deficient, or suffering from root rot. They don't like to be waterlogged. They are troubled by very few pests.
Calibrachoa has not been a part of our industry for very long; the first plants were described in 1989 and the first cultivars released in 1992. They originate from southern Brazil to Peru and Chile.
Flower colour: numerous
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres
Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 0.3 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5-6
root rot if too wet
Planting season: all.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.