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Care of the plant Tecoma capensis or Cape honeysuckle.

Care of the plant Tecoma capensis or Cape honeysuckle

The genus Tecoma, family Bignoniaceae, comprises 14 species of shrubs and small trees native to America and South Africa. Some species are: Tecoma capensis, Tecoma stans, Tecoma rosifolia, Tecoma sambucifolia, Tecoma castanifolia.

Common names: Cape honeysuckle, Cape Trumpet-Flower. This species is native to South Africa.

They are fast-growing climbing shrubs that reach 3 meters in height. The leaves are evergreen except in cold climates; they are dark green, opposite and serrated edge. The tubular flowers appear in clusters and can be red, orange or apricot in color. They can bloom in different seasons of the year.

They are used as isolated specimens and to cover pergolas and walls (they need supports to climb). They attract butterflies.

Tecoma capensis needs full exposure but can grow in semi-shade. They do not resist frost.

They are easy to grow plants that grow in any well-drained soil that is not alkaline.

Water moderately, waiting until the soil has completely dried. They resist periods of drought.

Fertilize with manure in late winter.

Prune in late winter to strengthen the plant and control growth.

They can be attacked by mealybugs, whiteflies or fungi if there is excess watering.

They are propagated in any season of the year by cuttings or by seeds.

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Tecoma capensis
Tecoma capensis
Tecoma capensis
Tecoma capensis
Tecoma capensis
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