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Heliotropium arborescens profile

Written by Maggie

Jan 23 2021

Heliotropium arborescens profile

Heliotropium arborescens leaves are dark green, fat, thickly wrinkled. Flowers small, set into a pompous ball, were violet or purple, with a special attractive fragrance, it is relaxing and happy. The temperature is suitable for the whole year. Flowers can be appreciated, but in April to June the most flowering.The flower contains aromatic oil, which can be extracted and used to make flower scented cosmetics.

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Heliotropium arborescens

Morphological characteristics of Heliotropium arborescens

Heliotropium arborescens is about 50 cm tall with a sub shrub woody stem. Branches are yellow brown, erect or open, shoots are white bristles, alternate leaves, petiole short, leaf oval to ovate-lanceolate, whole, leaf surface rough, veins 7 ~ 8 pairs, main veins and lateral veins are sunken, so that the leaf surface is crepe, white hairs on the back of leaves. Inflorescence terminal cymes, flowers small, calyx equal to tube length; Corolla is 5-lobed, funnelform, lobes short, broadly everged, violet or purple, with a distinctive aroma.

Heliotropium arborescens leaves are thick green, thick and wrinkled. Flowers are small, set into a pompous ball, violet or purple, with a special attractive fragrance, it is relaxing and happy. Compared with the current standard Heliotropium arborescens varieties, the first hybrid midnight and dusk series offer improved seed quality, neat plant habits and flowering quality.

Ecological habits of Heliotropium arborescens

Heliotropium arborescens are photophilic plants that require sufficient sunlight and tend to grow emaciated, with small branches and flowers, or fail to Flower in an environment with insufficient sunlight.

Heliotropium arborescens moved to sunny places in winter; In summer, Heliotropium arborescens is placed in a shade or shading place to block out the strong sunlight, otherwise the leaves are easy to burn and yellow; Spring and fall allow Heliotropium arborescens to get plenty of sunshine.

The growing methods of Heliotropium arborescens

Sunlight

Heliotropium arborescens are photophilic plants that require sufficient sunlight and tend to grow emaciated, with small branches and flowers, or fail to flower in an environment with insufficient sunlight. Move it to a sunny place in winter. In summer, Heliotropium arborescens is placed in a shade or shading place to block out the strong sunlight, otherwise the leaves are easy to burn and yellow; Spring and fall allow Heliotropium arborescens to get plenty of sunshine. 

Management

Heliotropium arborescens take only 2 to 3 months from seedling to flower, during which time they need to be repotted once or twice. Heliotropium arborescens has developed roots, more fibrous roots, strong absorption capacity and fast growth. After transplant to a small pot, remove the heart from the seedling as it grows to facilitate branching. 

The moisture

Heliotropium arborescens like a wet environment, in winter, appropriate control of water can not be too wet, generally 2 ~ 3 days to water 1 times; Spring and autumn with temperature changes, water  once a day, and the best summer is morning and evening each water 1 times. 

Fertilization

After 1 week on the pot, you can start topdressing, 1 time a week; Fertilizer with decayed cake fertilizer water, every 2 ~ 3 times application of 1 times compound chemical fertilizer. If the temperature is low in winter and the weather is hot in summer, the interval between top dressing can be extended or top dressing can be stopped.

Heliotropium arborescens

The propagation methods of Heliotropium arborescens

Heliotropium arborescens are generally propagated from cuttings and can also be planted, but seeds are often difficult to obtain if they are grown in a greenhouse.

Cutting propagation

Heliotropium arborescens cutting suitable periods: four seasons can be carried out, but in spring, autumn two seasons are better; Autumn is the suitable time for Heliotropium arborescens sowing. The life span of Heliotropium arborescens is very short, which can only last for 1 year. Therefore, the seeds harvested should be planted early in order to obtain a higher emergence rate.

Seed propagation

The suitable sowing period for Heliotropium arborescens is autumn sowing. The life span of Heliotropium arborescens is very short, which can only last for 1 year. Therefore, the seeds harvested should be sown early in order to obtain a higher emergence rate.

Disease control of Heliotropium arborescens

Heliotropium arborescens is easy to age after a few years of cultivation, the flowering parts continue to move up, the base leaves gradually fall off with the lignification of the stem, often prone to the lower part of the plant bald phenomenon, so generally in the cultivation of 2 ~ 3 years after that is to use cuttings to culture new plants. Although Heliotropium arborescens is a sub-shrub, it is often cultivated for one or two years because its branches are soft, the old plants are scattered and the posture is not beautiful.

Heliotropium arborescens is easy to be harmed by scale insects during the growth process, so attention should be paid to its control.

The main value of Heliotropium arborescens

Heliotropium arborescens has large inflorescences with strong aroma and an elegant blue-purple color. It is ideal for indoor flowers in summer, potted, cut or for flower beds or potted plants. Heliotropium arborescens has a unique aroma, can be made into spices; The temperature is suitable for the whole year flowers can be appreciated, but in April to June the flowers flow the most. The flower contains aromatic oil, which can be extracted and used to make flower scented cosmetics. More than 250 species of the same genus, distributed in tropical and temperate regions.

Heliotropium arborescens