Texas Gardening forum: Leucophyllum frutescens care

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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Aug 7, 2015 3:35 PM CST
Hi,

I've wanted to grow one of these for years and recently found a large plant on clearance at Walmart (of all unlikely places.) You never see them here but I know that they are commonly sold and grown in Texas so I'm here to ask for some advice.

Zone-wise it would be borderline hardy here if given good drainage. Since I may be moving soon, I'm planning to grow it in a big, heavy cement pot. I was worried about the pot leaching too much lime into the soil for other plants that I have, but I'm thinking that the Leucophyllum would probably like that. Does anyone know the best soil/mix to use in a container for this plant? It appears to currently be growing in a typical peat/pine bark potting mix. I have a similar mix and was thinking of just using that and adding a little extra lime for the Leucophyllum. I know they need good drainage and an alkaline medium.

Any ideas or tips?

Thanks much! Smiling
Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
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SALL20
Aug 7, 2015 6:02 PM CST
I would add crushed granite to the soil mix. In my experience, they like to get hot and dry and then a good rain that drains away quickly. In my opinion, high humidity will be a bigger problem than your zone. Maybe someone who has grown this in the SE will respond.

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