Growing a Plumbago

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This fast growing, drought tolerant, flowering plant will attract birds and butterflies to your garden. This is a page about growing a plumbago.


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May 19, 2014

The leaves on my plumbago are all turning brown and dropping off. Can you tell me why?



August 7, 20170 found this helpful

This can happen if you have a drainage problem or you're not watering often enough. I would also uproot the plants and check the roots for ants.

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I have several plumbagos that I planted several years ago. They are very large, but have spread out from a hole in the middle of the plant instead of standing upright. What can I do?

By Peg C


August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Plumbago has a spreading-droopy nature, and as such will not grow upright unless you stake it. Luckily, it takes to staking rather nicely, just be sure that you don't cut the stems by tying them too tightly to the stakes.


I suspect you saw one or several in a display that were growing in an upright manner, I've even seen them braided, and because the braiding is done around a stake, the stake is hidden and it looks as though the braid is holding the plant upright. It's not, but as I wrote, the stake is hidden. It makes for a very pretty display but unfortunately not everyone knows the plant doesn't come that way straight from Nature, but must be trained to grow that way and then supported in the upright position.

It's not that hard too do, I hope you decide to do it-I think you'll be very happy with the way the plant looks!

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September 25, 2011

I have had two plumbago hedges for fifteen years, however this year one hedge started to get spindly at the bottom in places. This has progressed to encompass about half of the hedge now. I have put a soil conditioner, Wettasoil, and a light fertiliser on but to no avail. Has anyone else encountered this problem?


By Alison D

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My blue Plumbagoes are in full bloom here in sunny, hot, humid Florida. I have about 40 of these bushes scattered throughout my front and back yard and they are so beautiful when they bloom. They are drought resistant so they are perfect for our type of weather.

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