The Q&A Archives: Brunfelsia

Question: I just bought a plant with no name tag but, was given a care guide at the cashiers area upon completion of my purchase. Posted at the top of the care guide are Royal Purple Brunfelsia Brunfelsia paciflora macrantha Brunfelsia (Broomhilda. I suppose that is all the type of Brunfelsia they carry. What exactly did I purchase??? I am hoping that this is also fragrant? The plant came in an 8

Answer: Your Royal Purple Brunfelsia (Brunfelsia pauciflora macrantha) is a lovely plant with fragrant blossoms. If you have what we call real shade and live in the temperate California areas, then this plant will give you months of pleasure. Native to the highlands of Brazil, this is a brunfelsia that is covered with flowers during its 3- to 4-month high-blooming season. If it is planted in a cooler coastal zone, then you will also get nice bloom all summer with a heavier bloom in the fall.

You may grow your brunfelsia in a pot, in the ground or even train it into a basket. If you are good to your brunfelsia, you should have a very heavy bloom during the spring, some bloom during the summer (if you live in the cooler coastal areas), and some more flowers in the fall. This is how to be "good" to your brunfelsia.

First of all, SHADE. She is a real shady lady. She does best in a real shade spot that also has good light. The home of your tuberous begonias, fuchsias and other shade plants is often just right. However, the brunfelsia we are talking about can happily take it a little bit darker than other shade plants. Brunfelsia, you can put it in a deep overhang, covered walkway, a place that is too shady for other blooming plants. An hour of morning sunshine is okay, but don't overdo it or your plant will begin to look unhappy.

Another very important part of the care is in the timing and type of fertilizer. She is a real ?pig' when it comes to eating. Brunfelsia does best with a high-nitrogen, high-acid* type of fertilizer. Mir-acid would fit this description. If you have your plant in a container, feed it every 2 weeks all year long, if you can remember to do it.

Hope this answers all your questions! Best wishes with your new plant!

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