POLLY [Parrot Beak Plant, Lotus berthelotii]

R 149.00

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Polly, the Parrot's Beak plant or Lotus berthelotii forms a cascade of stunning coral flowers on bracts of fine silvery leaves. This easy going plant from the Canary Islands is thought to be virtually extinct in the wild. It's perfect for balcony baskets, cascading over a pot or hanging from a pergola or near a bright window. Give it at least 4-6 hours of sun for best blooming. 

Comes in a 20cm hanging grow pot. Decorative pots sold separately.

Caring for Polly

Light

Place Polly near a north facing window, or outside where it can get at least 4-6 hours of sunlight a day. Maximum light exposure encourages a showy splash of blooms. 

Water & humidity

Water twice a week in summer & once a week in winter. Polly likes keeping slightly moist in the warmer months, but not soggy. The Parrot Plant can tolerate short dry spells. Polly prefers temperatures above 15°C. Average room humidity will do.

Feeding

Polly has an appetite, especially when producing showy flowers. Feed with an organic fertiliser for fruit & flowering once every 2 weeks in summer. A fertiliser high in Potassium (K) is best for flowering.

Re-potting

Polly likes to be root bound, but you can re-pot every 2-3 years going one pot size up. Use a well-draining potting soil.

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Pruning is the secret to success with this plant. You'll see at the end of each stem, soft new growth. Gently pinch this off to encourage fuller, bushier growth. Otherwise the plant can get scraggly.

Quirky plant fact

These plants originate from the Canary islands and are also known as the 'Lobster-claw Plant' due to the shape of their flowers, which attract tropical birds. 

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