Magic flowers

Lovely trumpet-shaped flowers !
Common name : Magic flowers
Scientific name : Achimenes spp.
Family : Gesneriaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Achimenes - Magic flowers, Cupid's bower, widow's tears or hot water plant - is a genus of about 25 species of tropical and subtropical rhizomatous perennial herbs in the flowering plant family Gesneriaceae, with showy red, blue, or white tubular flowers, some of which are grown as houseplants.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 12b
Height 30 - 60
pH 6 - 7

Plant my achimene

Magic flowers are grown mostly as a summer container plant as it requires temperatures of at least 50 F. (10 C.) at night but prefer 60 F. (16 C.). During the day, this plant does best in temperatures in the mid 70s (24 C.). Put it in bright but indirect light. In the fall, flowers will fad and the plant will go into dormancy. Once all of the leaves have fallen off of the plant, you can gather tubers to be planted next year - which should be kept at 50 F. (10 C.) minimum.

Water my achimene

Water regularly so that the mix remains slightly moist but never soggy, which can cause root to rot. If you have the time and patience, water twice, five minutes apart by dividing the amount of water - to adjust the second time better ! In autumn, reduce waterings then let the plant rest all winter.

Protect my achimene

Magic flowers do not stand frosts! Place the pots or rhizomes you removed from the pot in a dark room where they will receive very little light - but at a minimum temperature of 10 ° C. You will take them out or replant them in the spring.

Put outside my achimene

Repot or take your pots out for the season. Plant the tubers ½-inch to 1-inch deep. Plants will sprout by early summer and form flowers shortly after this.

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