White coral vine
Antigonon leptopus blanc
Caractéristiques de la plante
- Antigonon leptopus'alba' : Liane corail blanche
- Famille : Polygonacées
- Origine : Mexique
- Hauteur dans son milieu naturel : 12 m
- Rusticité : -7°C
- Couleur de la floraison : blanche
Hauteur : environ 5 à 20 cm (selon les saisons)
Description of the plant
Notice to lovers: you need a Coral Liana!
Its clusters of heart-shaped flowers have made it nicknamed "Mexican beauty" "Chain of love", what could be more romantic to declare your love? Its splendid flowering, very melliferous, does not attract only the hearts in love, but also bees and butterflies.
It will also be a useful companion in everyday life, thanks to the infusion of its branches and roots which cures coughs, fever and sore throats. And you will be able to test its seeds, consumed in Mexico like popcorn, or its leaves and flowers in fritters.
Easy to grow, fast growing, this hardy exotic vine is not afraid of frosts: even if its foliage can be destroyed by frost, its tuber survives at -7°C.
We propose it in pink or white bloom. What are you waiting for?
Also known as: Coralita, Coral creeper, bride's tears, chain-of-love, Confederate vine, coralita, hearts on a chain, bee bush, love-vine, Mexican creeper, Mexican love vine, mountain rose, queen's jewels
When you receive your plant, repot it in a pot slightly larger than the bucket, which must be well pierced. Avoid pot covers which prevent residual water from draining away and encourage fungal diseases. Choose a fine potting soil, ideally with added perlite or sand to lighten the substrate (do not use garden soil or acidic soil such as heather). Then plan two repottings per year (spring and autumn), gradually increasing the size of the pot and adapting it to the size of the root network (the roots must have room, but not too much as the plant must be able to dry out its substrate between waterings). This avoids having to add fertilizer, which always risks burning the fragile roots of the plants and making the plant wither as soon as the fertilizer is stopped.
Moderate watering: watering should be copious (the whole root ball should be wet), but wait until the substrate has dried deeply before watering again (you can stick your finger in the soil: as long as you feel moisture, do not water). Your plant will recover better from a lack of water than from an excess of water. Always water at the base of the plant, and do not mist it, because stagnant water in the armpit of the leaves favors cryptogamic diseases. If your atmosphere is too dry, put bowls of water nearby (above radiators for example), so that evaporation humidifies the air.
This plant is very easy to prune, which will make it branch out.
Our plants are grown naturally, without chemical fertilizers, so we advise you to repot them regularly (twice a year) rather than adding fertilizer.
In case of pest attack
If your plants are under attack by aphids or other pests, the best way to control them is by hand. Change their soil, remove as many undesirables as possible by hand and then shower your plants with a strong stream of water to eliminate any eggs that may be present. Spray them (insist on the underside of the leaves) with liquid black soap diluted in water. Repeat the operation several times at a few days interval. Take them outside in good weather, rain, sun and wind will kill most of the aggressors!