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Pandorea: characteristics, cultivation and curiosity

The pandorea belongs to the Bignoniaceae family, it is a climbing plant that in spring gives beautiful fragrant flowers, ideal to climb on the pergolas.


This perennial and climbing plant that comes from Malaysia and Australia grows very fast and can easily reach 4 meters in height.
The Pandorea has thin and not very branched trunks covered with leaves of a beautiful bright green rather than pointed and thick.
The flowers are bell-shaped and grow clustered, perfumed by the beautiful colors that can vary from white to pink, last from early spring to late autumn, depending on the climate.
Immediately after flowering appear the fruits, oval and full of small dark seeds.

Cultivation and methodologies

This beautiful plant loves the sun, and should be kept away from drafts. Pandorea fears a lot of frost, so it does not adapt to prolonged and too cold winters. For this reason it is advisable to cultivate them in the ground in the mild climate regions, otherwise it is better to keep them in pots and protect them from the intense cold.
It needs an acidic soil with many organic substances, which must be sufficiently drained to grow the strong and healthy plant.
During the flowering period, to best enjoy its beautiful flowers, Pandorea needs to be fertilized, the ideal would be a liquid fertilizer that contains balanced doses of potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen.
The reproduction of the Pandoraia can occur in two ways, by seed or by cuttings. If you intend to sow new seedlings, this operation must be carried out in May. The seeds should be kept in a sheltered place until they sprout, about two weeks, then they can be placed outside. For cuttings instead of branches should be cut, in spring or autumn, and placed in pots containing peat and sand, once rooting has taken place they can be planted.
As for watering, there is a small distinction to be made, in fact the young plants should be bathed regularly, while those already grown should be watered only when the soil is dry.
Even pruning is important, in fact, if you want to have an abundant flowering, during the autumn we must rejuvenate the branches, which will be cut by several centimeters.

Diseases and cures

This plant is very sensitive to fungal diseases such as white sickness, caused by a too humid environment or by the abundant waterings that cause Pandorea to have problems with radical rottenness. It can also be attacked by aphids, so in this case you have to perform specific treatments.

Curiosity

The name Pandorea derives from the mythological Pandora; created by Zeus for the purpose of punishing humans. The girl had been entrusted with a vase containing the evils of the world and with the recommendation not to open it, but the girl for too much curiosity and had freed the evils it contained. Pandorea is associated with Pandora because of its pods that when they open, or are opened, they drop the seeds it contains.

 

 

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