Whitfieldia longifolia - Plant
Common name: Whitfieldia elongata, Whitfieldia longiflora, Ruellia longifolia
Bloom time: June to August
Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Enrich the soil with leaf mold or well-rotted organic matter to encourage good drainage. Dig a hole 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulbs are high and set the bulb in the hole pointy side up. Fill the hole with soil and tamp gently. Space bulbs at a distance equal to 3 times the bulbâ€™s diameter. For a good effect, plant plants in groups of 3 to 5 bulbs.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Feed plants on a regular basis before and throughout the blooming cycle (avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides if youâ€™re harvesting for the kitchen).
- Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10).
- Allow Â¾ to 1 cup for each bush, and sprinkle it around the drip line, not against the stem.
Rock gardens or border fronts. Containers. Edging.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
No serious insect or disease problems. Root rot may occur in overly moist soils. Watch for slugs and snails. Plants emerge late in spring.
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