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Clianthus maximus

Parrot's Beak 

 

  Start your plant in a pot about 50% wider than the pot it's currently in.  Repot gently to avoid damaging the roots. 

 For soil, use a well draining mix.  I use a mix of 1 part coir fiber to 1 part perlite.  An alternate mix is 2 parts quality potting soil to 1 part perlite.

 To avoid burning or wilting, start it in filtered sun and gradually move it into brighter light over a period of several weeks.

 Parrot's Beak has average fertilizing needs.  While it's actively growing, feed with a general-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients, following the dose on the package.

 Try to keep the soil evenly moist of the time.  Don't let it dry out.

 Mature plants are reported to withstand a light frost, but i recommend protecting it from frost the first year. 

  In very hot climates, they should probably have some afternoon shade.  To keep the roots cool, keep the pot shaded, perhaps by placing it inside a second pot made of clay.

 Pruning isn't necessary for this plant, but you may remove any undesirable branches.  Feel free to tie the branches upright if you don't want them to grow sideways like they normally do.

 Repot to a larger pot whenever the roots fill the bottom.  An adult plant may be kept in a 5 gallon (20 liter) pot if occasionally pruned shorter.

Bugs to watch out for - spider mites (tiny "dots" under the leaves), mealy bugs, caterpillars, and slugs/snails.  Try using insecticidal soap before using stronger remedies, since some may harm the plant.

Enjoy your plant!

- Jeff

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